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PREVIEW: Hurricanes at Washington

Friday, 10.21.2005 / 5:57 PM ET / News
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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81