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
Carquest

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