Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers: Game Overview and Hub

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What better way to approach 2022 than to face two of the league’s top teams back-to-back? This is exactly the situation the Carolina Hurricanes find themselves in. Yesterday evening was the Calgary Flames, who slipped to third in the Pacific Division after postponing six straight games due to COVID.

Tonight is the Florida Panthers, second in the Atlantic Division and tied with the Hurricanes for second in the league with 49 points each. (Don’t worry, if you shake things up by point percentage the Hurricanes end up leading the league.)

Both teams have had some crazy races in their last games. The Hurricanes came back from a first deficit and then fought off a Flames’ comeback attempt. The Panthers traded goals with the Dallas Stars and needed (literally) Jonathan Huberdeau’s last-minute heroism to get them into overtime before they finally fell into a shootout.

For the Hurricanes, their recent push (no pun intended) has helped them stay on top of their division. And with almost the entire roster in good health and the recent woes of the COVID protocol behind them, a game against an entertaining Conference rival is still good temperature control as we approach midseason.

The Hurricanes won’t see the Panthers again in the regular season, so one last time for these two, let’s see how the teams match up:

Vital statistics

CategoryHurricanesPanthers
CategoryHurricanesPanthers
Registration24-7-122-7-5
Goals / Game3.503.88
Goals against / match2.162.94
Shots / Game33.7536.94
% of head-to-head victory55.4%46.2%
Power Play% (Rank)24.0% (9th)18.9% (18th)
Penalty Kill% (Rank)89.8% (2nd)80.8% (14th)
ES Corsi For%56.21%56.49%
ES PDO101.86101.47
PIM / Game09:1809:44

Goalkeeper # 1

CategoryFrederik andersenSergey Bobrovsky
CategoryFrederik andersenSergey Bobrovsky
Registration18-5-015-3-3
To safeguard %.929.918
GAA1.972.56

Goalkeeper # 2

CategoryAntti RaantaJonas johansson
CategoryAntti RaantaJonas johansson
Registration5-2-13-2-1
To safeguard %.908.885
GAA2.353.73

Play Notes

  • After going 17 games without scoring, Brady Skjei is now on a two-game streak.
  • Tony DeAngelo, who leads the Hurricanes defensemen in points, is one mention of his 100th career assist.
  • The Panthers have struggled to move away from their home port this season. They have just four road wins so far and have lost nine of their last ten road games.
  • Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad both scored three points in the Panthers’ loss to the Stars.
  • This is the second time the Hurricanes have faced the Panthers this season. Their previous meeting was a 5-2 loss on November 6, ending the Hurricanes’ nine-game winning streak to start the season.
  • This is the fourth time this season that the Hurricanes have a three-game winning streak or more.
  • With Panthers goalie Spencer Knight still on COVID protocol, Sergei Bobrovsky is backed by Jonas Johansson. Johansson was previously part of the Colorado Avalanche organization; the Panthers claimed it on waivers on Dec. 13. He has yet to appear in a game for the Panthers.
  • Fun fact: Goals are good.

Projected alignments

Hurricanes

Nino Niederreiter – Sebastian Aho – Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov – Vincent Trocheck – Jesper Fast
Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Jordan Staal – Martin Necas
Steven Lorentz – Derek Stepan – Seth Jarvis

Jaccob Slavin – Tony DeAngelo
Brady Skjei – Brett Pesce
Ian Cole – Ethan Bear

Antti Raanta

Absent: Jake Gardiner (LTIR), Jordan Martinook (lower body)

Panthers

Carter Verhaeghe – Aleksander Barkov – Maxim Mamin
Jonathan Huberdeau – Anton Lundell – Anthony Duclair
Frank Vatrano – Joe Thornton – Owen Tippett
Ryan Lomberg – Eetu Luostarinen – Patric Hornqvist

MacKenzie Weegar – Aaron Ekblad
Gustav Forsling – Radko Gudas
Olli Juolevi – Brandon Montour

Sergey Bobrovsky

Released: Noel Acciari (LTIR), Markus Nutivaara (LTIR), Spencer Knight (COVID protocol), Mason Marchment (COVID protocol), Sam Reinhart (COVID protocol)


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