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Carolina Hurricanes vs Washington Capitals: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

Needing a win, Carolina returns home tonight to face a divisional foe who has given them fits this season

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Washington Capitals v Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes are right back at it again after suffering a 3-2 loss Thursday night at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs. This time the Washington Capitals are in town as they look to ride their momentum from a 7-2 throttling of Columbus last night.

The season series between the Capitals and Canes has been very lopsided with Washington winning both games by a combined score of 8-2. The two teams meet tonight and then one more time during the regular season in Washington on March 28.

For Carolina, Rod Brind’Amour will not be happy about his teams performance Thursday night in Toronto. Jaccob Slavin had an very uncharacteristically bad night, the top two lines were non-existent, and Frederik Andersen let in multiple soft goals that he should have saved. On the positive side, defenseman Tony DeAngelo will likely return to the lineup tonight and should help provide some offense which the team is in need of.

The Capitals dominated their game Thursday night but they did lose T.J. Oshie in the process. Oshie left late in the third period with a lower body injury and his status for tonight is unknown. Washington has been quite hot in March having only lost one time which was an overtime loss to Edmonton. Alex Ovechkin continues to rack up goals this year and now sits at 37 for the season and 74 points overall. Carolina will need to find a way to keep #8 off the scoresheet, or at least off the scoresheet more than once, if they want to win this one.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 54-20-8 51-26-5
Goals/Game 3.38 3.08
Goals Against/Game 2.44 2.66
Shots/Game 34.12 36.12
Face Off Win % 53.9% 54.2%
Power Play % (Rank) 22.0% (13th) 21.2% (15th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 88.0% (1st) 81.3% (9th)
ES Corsi For % 43.86% 56.14%
ES PDO 113.44 86.56
PIM/Game 12:00 22:00

Goaltender #1

Category Frederik Andersen Linus Ullmark
Category Frederik Andersen Linus Ullmark
Record 35-14-3 26-10-2
Save % .922 .917
GAA 2.17 2.45

Goaltender #2

Category Antti Raanta Jeremy Swayman
Category Antti Raanta Jeremy Swayman
Record 15-5-4 23-14-3
Save % .912 .914
GAA 2.45 2.41

Game Notes

  • Washington’s 4-0 shutout of the Canes back on March 3 was only the second time Carolina has been shutout this season.
  • Carolina has now lost four games in March (three of which were in regulation), meaning a loss tonight would officially put the Canes below .500 so far in March. The most losses in a single month so far was in November when Carolina lost six games.
  • Vitek Vanecek was the first star for Washington last night meaning we will likely see Ilya Samsonov vs Antti Raanta tonight in net. Samsonov was in net on November 28th when Washington defeated Carolina 4-2.
  • The Capitals powerplay unit has not been nearly as deadly as they have historically been sitting at just 19.2% which is 22nd in the league. That being said they scored twice with the man advantage in their last meeting against the Canes on March 3rd.
  • Carolina has been dominate at home going 23-4-2 so far this season while the Capitals have been better on the road than at home going 19-7-5 away from Capital One Area.

Storm Advisory

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