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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: Game Five Preview

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The Canes return home hoping to stave off elimination in a win or go home game five of the second round series against the Bolts.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes return to PNC Arena tonight for game five of their second-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning in what they hope will not be their last game at home this season. Coming off of a wild 6-4 loss in Tampa on Sunday afternoon, the Canes look to rebound in a must-win game.

Game four was a roller coaster of emotions as the second period featured four goals by each team, and the Canes at one point holding a two-goal advantage. But penalties once again reared their ugly head, and the Lightning scored three power-play goals in the second period.

The Canes have no room for error now, and they must win the next three games in a row to move on to the semifinals.

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

Game Notes

  • Andrei Svechnikov now has points in his last four playoff games, marking the longest streak among Hurricanes this postseason. His two assists in game four gave him four multi-point games in his NHL playoff career.
  • Jaccob Slavin’s two points in game four gave him 19 career playoff points. He ranks first in franchise history in assists and is one point shy of tying for the franchise lead in points.
  • The four goals in the second period by the Hurricanes was the seventh time in franchise history and the third since relocation that the team scored four goals in a playoff period. It was also the first time since 2010 that two teams scored eight goals in a period.
  • The Hurricanes trail 3-1 in a playoff series for the fifth time in franchise history and third since relocation. They are 2-2 in such games. The Canes are hoping to be the 31st team all-time and second this postseason (Montreal) to overcome a 3-1 series deficit.