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PREVIEW: Flyers at Hurricanes

Thursday, 11.03.2005 / 9:23 AM / 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 MTL 21 15 5 1 59 52 31
2 PIT 18 13 3 2 68 40 28
3 TBL 21 13 6 2 75 59 28
4 NYI 19 13 6 0 64 56 26
5 BOS 21 13 8 0 57 52 26
6 DET 19 10 4 5 54 45 25
7 OTT 18 9 5 4 50 47 22
8 TOR 20 10 8 2 63 62 22
9 WSH 19 9 7 3 55 52 21
10 NYR 19 8 7 4 52 58 20
11 NJD 20 9 9 2 49 56 20
12 FLA 17 7 5 5 38 44 19
13 PHI 18 7 9 2 53 58 16
14 CAR 19 6 10 3 45 58 15
15 CBJ 19 6 11 2 47 68 14
16 BUF 20 5 13 2 34 69 12

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Nash 19 4 9 1 13
E. Staal 14 6 6 -7 12
J. Faulk 19 2 10 -5 12
J. Tlusty 19 8 2 -9 10
E. Lindholm 19 6 4 -3 10
J. Skinner 15 5 4 -5 9
A. Sekera 18 0 8 -2 8
C. Terry 17 4 3 1 7
N. Gerbe 15 1 6 2 7
V. Rask 19 3 2 -6 5
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 6 6 1 .905 2.61
A. Khudobin 0 4 2 .898 2.97