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PREVIEW: Hurricanes at Washington

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PREVIEW: Hurricanes at Washington


Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals

Saturday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
MCI Center, Washington, DC

Hurricanes:
3-2-1 (7 pts.)
Capitals: 3-5-0 (6 pts.)

Saturday’s Game
The Carolina Hurricanes travel to Washington for a Saturday night contest against the Capitals at MCI Center (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net, Hurricanes Radio Network) in the final game of a three-game road swing. Carolina has earned points in each of the first two games of this road swing, winning 6-1 at New Jersey on Oct. 15 and earning a point in an overtime loss at Toronto on Oct. 20. The Hurricanes have not lost in regulation since a 3-2 loss at the New York Islanders on Oct. 8, and have earned five points in the last three games.

Television: Fox Sports Net
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network – WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh – flagship), WYSR 1590 AM (High Point), WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington)
Internet: www.carolinahurricanes.com

Broadcast Note
Saturday’s game marks the first of two Hurricanes games that will be broadcast via NHL high-definition cable affiliate HDNet. The Hurricanes are scheduled to appear again on HDNet on Oct. 29 at Pittsburgh. Carolina has one game on NHL national cable affiliate OLN, Jan. 10 against Detroit.

Carolina Notes
At the 2003 NHL Entry Draft in Nashville, the Carolina Hurricanes used the second overall pick to select center Eric Staal. The soon-to-be 21-year-old was the highest-rated skater in that draft and now he is showing everyone why. In the first six games of the 2005-06 season, Staal has notched 11 points, ranking him tied for second in the league through Thursday’s games behind only New York Rangers right wing and five-time Art Ross Trophy winner (NHL scoring leader) Jaromir Jagr (10g, 4a in 9 games). Staal led the league with a 1.83 average points per game through Thursday’s games.

With a power-play goal in the Hurricanes’ 5-4 overtime loss at Toronto on Oct. 20, Captain Rod Brind’Amour now carries a three-game goal-scoring and points streak into Saturday’s game (10/12-10/20: 4g, 2a). But, Brind’Amour isn’t the only one with a hot stick lately. Winger Erik Cole has also found the net in each of the last three games, matching Brind’Amour’s goals and points streaks (10/12-10/20: 3g, 2a). Likewise, Cory Stillman has at least one point in each of Carolina’s last three contests (10/12-10/20: 1g, 3a).

But, the longest current Hurricanes streak comes from the blue line and belongs to Oleg Tverdovsky who has at least one point in each of the Hurricanes’ last four games (10/8-10/20: 1g, 5a). Tverdovsky scored his first goal with Carolina at the Air Canada Centre on Oct. 20, and has two two-assist games this season (10/8 @ NYI; 10/15 @ NJ).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 2-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 1-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 6-of-32 (18.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 29-of-34 (85.2%)

Injury Report
Winger Ray Whitney, groin, missed 6 games, injured reserve

Against the Capitals
Wednesday marks the second of eight regular-season meetings between Carolina and Washington. Carolina scored a 7-2 victory in the teams’ first meeting on Oct. 12 at the RBC Center. The Canes and Caps met once during the 2005 exhibition season, a 6-0 Hurricanes victory at the RBC Center on Sept. 16. Washington went 4-1-1-0 against Carolina in 2003-04 and holds a 52-30-14-1 advantage in 97 all-time meetings. Carolina’s only victory over the Capitals in 2003-04 was a 2-1 win at the MCI Center on Feb. 25.

Eric Staal led the Hurricanes with a goal and three assists (4 points) in the first Carolina-Washington match up. Caps rookie Alex Ovechkin and right wing Dainius Zubrus each scored goals for Washington in the teams’ first meeting, while Andrew Cassels collected an assist on Ovechkin’s goal.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
6
5
6
11
17 Brind'Amour
6
4
3
7
70 Tverdovsky
6
1
5
6

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
30 Ward
6
2.56
3-1-1
.910
29 Gerber
1
6.00
0-1-0
.789

Capitals
GP
G
A
PTS
8 Ovechkin
8
6
4
10
9 Zubrus
8
3
4
7
44 Eminger
8
2
5
7

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
37 Kolzig
7
4.09
3-4-0
.893
1 Johnson
2
5.07
0-1-0
.900

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 70 21 28 -12 49
J. Faulk 75 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 74 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 70 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 73 11 20 -12 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 71 8 17 -13 25
J. McClement 75 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 47 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 39 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60