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PREVIEW: Flyers at Hurricanes

Thursday, 11.3.2005 / 9:23 AM ET / News
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PREVIEW: Flyers at Hurricanes

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Friday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
TICKETS

Hurricanes:
6-2-1 (13 pts.)
Flyers: 5-2-1 (11 pts.)

Back-to-Back Set Starts Tonight
The Carolina Hurricanes wrap up their three-game home stand on Friday at the RBC Center against the Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net, Hurricanes Radio Network, www.carolinahurricanes.com). The Hurricanes are undefeated in four games at the RBC Center this season, most recently scoring a 4-3 overtime win against Boston on Wednesday when Matt Cullen scored 3:24 into the extra session. The Hurricanes’ four-game home winning streak ties the record for consecutive home wins since the team relocated to North Carolina prior to the 1997-98 season. Since that time, Carolina has now had three four-game home winning streaks.

Carolina began the current three-game home stand on Monday with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory against Ottawa. Following Friday’s game, the Hurricanes will travel to Pittsburgh for the back half of a back-to-back set before having four days off before the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Raleigh for the teams’ Nov. 3 contest.

The Hurricanes currently post a 6-2-1 record and ranked first in the Southeast Division through games of Oct. 26. With 13 points in their first nine regular-season games, the Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history after eclipsing the previous first-nine-games record of 12 points in 1996-97. Carolina has now earned at least a point in each of its last six 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
In the first nine games of the 2005-06 season, center Eric Staal has notched 15 points (6g, 9a), ranking him tied for the league-lead in points through Wednesday’s games with New York Rangers right wing and five-time Art Ross Trophy winner (NHL scoring leader) Jaromir Jagr (10g, 5a in 10 games) and Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe (3g, 12a in 9 games). The Hurricanes selected Staal in the first round, second overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The Thunder Bay, Ont., native will turn 21 years old on Saturday as the Hurricanes play at Pittsburgh. Through nine games this season, the Carolina Hurricanes have amassed 13 points in the standings, putting them in first place in the Southeast Division and ranked second in the NHL’s Eastern Conference through games of Oct. 26. This marks the team’s best nine-game start to a season in franchise history, eclipsing the nine-game, 12-point start the Hartford Whalers jumped out to in 1996-97. Even if the Hurricanes do not earn a point in Friday’s game against Philadelphia, the start to the 2005-06 season will tie the franchise record for best 10-games to start a season. The Hartford Whalers earned 13 points in their first 10 games of the 1984-85 season, a mark that stands as the franchise record even now, some 20 years later.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 4-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 2-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 10-of-58 (17.2%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 42-of-50 (84.0%)

Injury Report
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report.

Against the Flyers
Friday marks the first of four regular-season meetings between Carolina and Philadelphia. The teams last met on March 23, 2004, a 4-2 Flyers win at the RBC Center. The Flyers won the 2003-04 season series against the Hurricanes 2-0-2-0.

Niclas Wallin (3g, 0a), Erik Cole (0g, 3a) and Rod Brind’Amour (0g, 3a) led Carolina in the 2003-04 season series against the Flyers with three points each. Simon Gagne (2g, 1a), Tony Amonte (1g, 2a) and mark Recchi (1g, 2a) paced Philadelphia with three points each in the four-game season series. The Carolina franchise posts a 22-48-14-3 all-time record against the Flyers, going 13-21-9-1 at home and 9-27-5-2 in Philadelphia.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
9
6
9
15
8 Cullen
9
6
3
9
17 Brind'Amour
9
5
4
9

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
4
2.47
3-1-0
.918
30 Ward
7
2.53
3-1-1
.910

Flyers
GP
G
A
PTS
21 Forsberg
7
0
12
12
12 Gagne
7
7
4
11
18 Richards
7
3
5
8

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
30 Niittymaki
2
3.41
2-0-0
.854
42 Esche
5
3.00
2-2-1
.877

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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