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PREVIEW: Senators at Hurricanes

Monday, 10.24.2005 / 9:40 AM / News
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PREVIEW: Senators at Hurricanes

Ottawa Senators vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Monday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
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Hurricanes:
4-2-1 (9 pts.)
Senators: 6-0-0 (12 pts.)

Tonight’s Game
The Carolina Hurricanes return to the RBC Center on Monday night to face the undefeated Ottawa Senators in the first game of a three-game home stand (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net, Hurricanes Radio Network).

The Hurricanes will host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday and the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday in the second and third games of Carolina’s first extended home stand of 2005-06. The Hurricanes are coming off of a three-game road swing that saw the team collect five of six possible points with wins at New Jersey (10/15, 6-1) and Washington (10/22, 4-0), and an overtime loss at Toronto (10/20, 5-4). Carolina has now earned at least a point in each of its last four games, dating back to a 7-2 win against Washington at the RBC Center on Oct. 12. The Hurricanes have not lost in regulation since a 3-2 loss at the New York Islanders on Oct. 8.

Milestone Watch

  • Center Kevyn Adams will earn his 100th NHL point with his next goal or assist.
  • Center Josef Vasicek played in his 300th NHL/Hurricanes game in Carolina’s 4-0 win at Washington on Oct. 22.
  • Defenseman Glen Wesley passed Kevin Dineen (708) for second place on the franchise games-played list on Oct. 20 at Toronto
  • Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette earned his 100th NHL coaching win with Carolina’s 6-1 win at New Jersey on Oct. 15.

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

Carolina Notes
Hurricanes center Eric Staal ranked tied for third in the NHL in scoring through Saturday’s games with 12 points (5g, 7a) in seven games. New York Rangers winger Jaromir Jagr led the league with 15 points (10g, 5a) through Saturday’s games, while Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe ranked second with 13 points (2g, 11a).

With a power-play goal in the Hurricanes’ 4-0 shutout win at Washington on Oct. 22, Captain Rod Brind’Amour now carries a four-game goal-scoring and points streak into Monday’s game (10/12-10/22: 5g, 2a). But, Brind’Amour isn’t the only one with a hot stick lately. Winger Erik Cole’s name has made the score sheet in each of the last four games, matching Brind’Amour’s points streak (10/12-10/20: 3g, 4a). Likewise, Cory Stillman has at least one point in each of Carolina’s last four contests (10/12-10/22: 2g, 4a). Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky (10/8-10/20: 1g, 5a) and center Eric Staal (10/5-10/12: 5g, 3a) have each already recorded four-game points streaks for Carolina this season.

Hurricanes netminders Cam Ward and Martin Gerber recorded the first combined shutout in franchise history on Oct. 22 at Washington, teaming up to make 18 saves in Carolina’s 4-0 win. Ward started the game, but left less than four minutes into the first period with an injury after making one save. Gerber proceeded to stop the Capitals’ remaining 17 shots and record the win. It was the Hurricanes’ first shutout of 2005-06, and first shutout since a 2-0 win at Toronto on Jan. 27, 2004 when Kevin Weekes made 32 saves.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 2-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 2-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 9-of-44 (20.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 34-of-39 (87.2%)

Injury Report
Goaltender Cam Ward, arm injury, day-to-day

Against the Senators
Monday marks the first of four regular-season meetings between Carolina and Ottawa. The teams last met on March 20, 2004, a 3-2 Hurricanes overtime win at the Corel Centre. The Senators won the 2003-2004 season series against the Hurricanes 2-0-1-1 (Hurricanes: 1-2-1-0).

Sean Hill (1g, 2a) led Carolina in the 2003-04 season series against the Senators with three points (1g, 2a). Marian Hossa paced Ottawa with eight points (5g, 3a) in the four-game season series. The Carolina franchise posts a 29-19-8-0 all-time record against the Senators, going 16-7-4-0 at home and 13-12-4-0 in Ottawa.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
7
5
7
12
17 Brind'Amour
7
5
3
8
61 Stillman
7
3
4
7
26 Cole
7
3
4
7

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
30 Ward
7
2.53
3-1-1
.910
29 Gerber
2
2.50
1-1-0
.889

Senators
GP
G
A
PTS
19 Spezza
6
3
8
11
11 Alfredsson
6
6
4
10
15 Heatley
6
3
6
9
25 Neil
6
4
3
7

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
39 Hasek
5
1.74
5-0-0
.938
1 Emery
1
2.00
1-0-0
.931

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