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Carolina Hurricanes at Dallas Stars: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes head to Dallas hoping to get separation from the Florida teams.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The banged-up Carolina Hurricanes head to Dallas to take on the Stars after picking up six out of eight possible points in Florida. The Hurricanes look to finish up their penultimate road trip with success. The Canes had a day off yesterday to hopefully allow some of the six injured players from their last game to heal up.

With the Tampa Bay Lightning winning last night, the Canes have just a one-point advantage over the Florida Panthers and a two-point advantage over the Lightning. Carolina has a game in hand over the Lightning and two over the Panthers. While the Canes have some breathing room, wins in Dallas would go a long way in separating the Canes from the teams in Florida.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Lightning
Category Hurricanes Lightning
Record 5-5-0 7-3-0
Goals/Game 3.10 3.60
Goals Against/Game 2.80 2.60
Shots/Game 37.6 29.5
Face Off Win % 52.7% 47.6%
Power Play % (Rank) 20.0% (8th) 41.2% (1st)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 77.5% (9th) 75.8% (10th)
ES Corsi For % 55.1% 46.4%
ES PDO 99.1 101.5
PIM/Game 10:24 12:12

Goaltender #1

Category Alex Nedeljkovic Andrei Vasilevskiy
Category Alex Nedeljkovic Andrei Vasilevskiy
Record 4-4-0 7-3-0
Save % .920 .928
GAA 2.18 2.46

Goaltender #2

Category Petr Mrazek Curtis McElhinney
Category Petr Mrazek Curtis McElhinney
Record 1-1-0 0-0-0
Save % .873 .000
GAA 3.90 0.00

Goaltender #3

Category James Reimer Kasimir Kaskisuo
Category James Reimer Kasimir Kaskisuo
Record 15-5-2 0-0-0
Save % .906 .000
GAA 2.66 0.00

Game Notes:

  • Tonight’s game is the seventh of eight games the two will play in the regular season. So far the Canes are 5-1-0 against the Stars this season. The Canes are 2-0-0 at the American Airlines Center this season.
  • The Hurricanes are also starting their eighth of nine back-to-back sets. They are 4-2-1 in the first game of back-to-backs and 5-2-0 in the back half of the sets.
  • Brett Pesce scored his fourth goal of the season on Saturday. He now ranks second on the team in goals (4), assists (19), and points (23) by a defenseman. The only player that ranks higher in all three is Dougie Hamilton who had two goals in the same game.
  • Saturday also marked the first time the defensemen combined for three goals for the Canes this season.
  • Jamie Benn Ranks first on the Dallas Stars in goals (13), assists (14), and points (27). In his five games against Carolina this season, he leads all stars in the same categories with two goals, and two assists.
  • Stars rookie Jason Robertson is on quite a tear with 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 total points in just 42 games played this season.

Reading Assignments:

  • The devils give up two goals in 22 seconds in the third period and went on to lose against the struggling Philadelphia Flyers. [NJ.com]
  • Wayne Gretzky reflects on Connor McDavid’s quest for a 100 point season. [Sportsnet]