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Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Carolina Hurricanes look to close out the regular season with a win over the Nashville Predators to keep their President’s Trophy bid alive.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes enter tonight’s game tied for first place in the league. With the Vegas Golden Knights holding the regulation wins and ROW tiebreakers, the Canes have to win tonight’s game to keep their chances alive to win the President’s Trophy. While the President’s Trophy is the world’s worst consolation prize, it means more this season than any other with seeding in the final four.

The Canes will also face the Nashville Predators in the first round of the playoffs, so it would benefit them to have some momentum heading into the best-of-seven series. They are also looking to avoid their first consecutive losses since Feb. 25. Jaccob Slavin left Saturday night’s game due to injury, and we’ll hear more on his status from Rod Brind’Amour after today’s 12:30 Eastern morning skate.

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 #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

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

Game Notes:

  • With a regulation loss on Saturday, the Canes’ point streak ended at 13, which tied a franchise record. They went 9-0-4 in that time span. The Hurricanes have gone 6-1-0 in their previous seven matchups against the Preds.
  • With a start tonight, Warren Foegele will have played his 200th NHL game.
  • Petr Mrazek has a 10-1-0 record against Nashville in his career with a .931 save percentage. James Reimer hasn’t fared much worse with a 7-1-0 record and a .928 save percentage.
  • Saturday also marked the fourth time in 18 games that Sebastian Aho was held without a point. The Canes’ lone goal was scored by Morgan Geekie. It was Geekie’s sixth career goal and the third on the season.

Reading Assignments:

  • The NHL has announced new rules for fully vaccinated teams heading into the playoffs. They feature relaxed rules for travel, dining and others. [Boston Globe]