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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Game Preview

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In the final home game of the regular season, the Canes will look to drop the magic number to clinch the Central Division to one with a win.

Chicago Blackhawks v Carolina Hurricanes
 Nino Niederreiter #21 of the Carolina Hurricanes scores a goal and is upended by goaltender Collin Delia #60 of the Chicago Blackhawks during an NHL game on May 4, 2021 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images

The Carolina Hurricanes wrap up their season series with the Chicago Blackhawks tonight in the final regular-season home game at PNC Arena. The Canes didn’t get any help last night from the Dallas Stars, who fell 6-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. A loss by the Bolts would have given the Hurricanes a chance to clinch the division in tonight’s game, but now the best they can do is drop their magic number to one.

Carolina is coming off of a 6-3 win over the Blackhawks on Tuesday night, overcoming a very lackluster first period where they found themselves down 2-0. The Canes rallied with four unanswered goals en route to the win.

The Hurricanes are on a 12-game point streak (9-0-3), tied for the second-longest in the NHL this season, and the second-longest in franchise history. They can tie the franchise record of 13 games from March 9, 2017 through March 30, 2017 with at least one point tonight.

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

  • The SAT line has been on fire since the return of Teuvo Teravinen. Since his return, the line has played together in five games. In those games they have accumulated nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points.
  • Petr Mrazek’s return in net on Tuesday started off rocky, as he allowed two goals in the first period. But Mrazek shook the rust off and made 27 saves on the way to his 50th win as a Hurricane. Mrazek is now the franchise leader and the quickest to get to 50 wins, surpassing Cam Ward. Mrazek has played in 90 career games (50-31-7) and Ward did it in 96 games (50-29-10).
  • Sebastian Aho extended his point streak to nine games on Tuesday after he recorded two assists. It is Aho’s longest point streak of the season, and with his second assist on Tuesday he is now tied with Jeff Skinner for 11th in franchise history in assists (175).
  • The Hurricanes have a 5-2-0 record against the Blackhawks this season.
  • Andrei Svechnikov’s three points (2g, 1a) on Tuesday tied his career high of three points in a game. Svechnikov is also on a five-game point streak (3g, 3a).
  • As the Canes finish out their regular-season home schedule, they will look to add upon their 20-3-4 record at PNC Arena this season. Their .815 home points percentage is second in the NHL to only the New York Islanders (20-3-3 .827)