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PREVIEW: Maple Leafs at Hurricanes

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

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
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Hurricanes:
8-2-1 (17 pts.)
Maple Leafs: 6-4-2 (14 pts.)

Thursday’s Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes return to the ice on Thursday following a four-day break in the schedule to face the Toronto Maple Leafs at the RBC Center (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net, Hurricanes Radio Network). Carolina is undefeated in five games this season at the RBC Center and carries a five-game winning streak into Thursday’s game against Toronto. The Hurricanes have not lost in regulation since a 3-2 loss at the New York Islanders on Oct. 8.

With 17 points in their first 11 regular-season games, the Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-11-games record of 13 points in 1984-85, 1986-87 and 1999-00. Carolina has now earned at least a point in each of its last eight games, dating back to a 7-2 win against Washington at the RBC Center on Oct. 12.

On Nov. 1, the NHL named center Eric Staal Offensive Player of the Month for October. Staal, who was also was named the NHL’s Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 30, currently ranks first in the NHL in scoring with 22 points (9g, 13a). In the Hurricanes’ four games during the week of Oct. 24-Oct. 30, Staal scored four goals and had six assists (10 points), including his first NHL hat trick on Oct. 28 against Philadelphia, and his first NHL four-assist game on Oct. 29 at Pittsburgh. Staal has notched points in all but one of the Hurricanes 11 games this season, and carries a career-high six-game points streak (10/20-10/29: 4g, 10a) into Thursday’s game against Toronto. Staal is the first Hurricanes player to earn Player of the Week honors since Ron Francis did so on Jan. 7, 2002, and first player to earn Player of the Month honors with the Hurricanes franchise since Mike Rogers did so in December 1980.

Milestone Watch
Defenseman Glen Wesley earned his 200th point with the Hurricanes franchise with a goal, Oct. 29 at Pittsburgh

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
During the NHL’s hiatus following the 2003-04 season, Carolina General Manager Jim Rutherford signed Matt Cullen, a free agent center who had finished the 2003-04 campaign with six goals and 13 assists (19 points) in 56 games with the Florida Panthers. While the NHL was on break in 2004-05, Cullen played for Cortina of the Italian league and scored 27 goals and had 33 assists (60 points) in 36 regular-season games to lead the league in goals and rank second in points. His time spent in Italy apparently sparked the goal-scorer within the seven-year NHL veteran. Through 11 games with Carolina in 2005-06, the Virginia, MN, native – whose highest NHL goal-producing season came in 2001-02 with Anaheim when he had 18 goals in 79 games – has scored seven goals to rank tied for second on the team.

In the free-agent blitz that followed the end of the lockout, Rutherford made two more key forward acquisitions. First, the Hurricanes acquired the services of the seventh ranked scorer in the NHL for 2003-04, left wing Cory Stillman. In 82 games with the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, Stillman totaled 25 goals and 55 assists (80 points) while playing primarily with league-leading scorer Martin St. Louis and centerman Brad Richards. So far this season, Stillman has been on a line with league-leading scorer Eric Staal and has been racking up the points himself. Through Carolina’s first 11 games, Stillman has scored five goals and added nine assists (14 points) to rank second on the team and tied for 25th in the league.

The final free-agent forward signing Rutherford made prior to the 2005-06 season was left wing Ray Whitney, who played with the Detroit Red Wings in 2003-04, and had 14 goals and 29 assists in 67 games and limited ice time with the perennial Western Conference powerhouse. After missing Carolina’s first six regular-season games with groin injuries suffered during training camp, Whitney has energized the Hurricanes offense and scored two goals and added eight assists (10 points) in his five games. The Hurricanes are 5-0-0 since Whitney joined the lineup on Oct. 22 at Washington.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 5-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 3-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 16-of-73 (21.9%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 52-of-65 (80.0%)

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
Nov. 3 Thursday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 4 Friday RecZone 10:15 a.m.
Nov. 5 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

*All times and locations subject to change

Injury Report
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report.

Against the Maple Leafs
Thursday marks the second game in the four-game season series between the Hurricanes and the Maple Leafs, and the first of two November match ups between the teams at the RBC Center. Toronto scored a 5-4 overtime win in the teams’ first meeting on Oct. 20, at the Air Canada Centre.

The Hurricanes won the 2003-04 season series against the Maple Leafs 2-1-0-1 (Maple Leafs: 2-2-0-0), scoring wins in each of their two visits to Toronto, including a 2-0 shutout win on Jan. 27, 2004. Erik Cole (2g, 1a) led Carolina in the 2003-04 season series against the Maple Leafs with three points (2g, 1a). Ken Klee paced Toronto with three points (1g, 2a) in the four-game season series. The Carolina franchise posts a 36-25-11-1 all-time record against the Maple Leafs, going 18-12-6-1 at home and 18-13-5-0 in Toronto.

Hurricanes vs. Maple Leafs 2005-06 Schedule
Oct. 20 Air Canada Centre L, 5-4 (OT)
Nov. 3 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 25 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
March 21 Air Canada Centre 7:30 p.m.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
11
9
13
22
61 Stillman
11
5
9
14
17 Brind'Amour
11
7
6
13

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
5
2.58
4-1-0
.913
30 Ward
8
3.07
4-1-1
.895

Maple Leafs
GP
G
A
PTS
24 McCabe
12
3
12
15
88 Lindros
12
8
4
12
41 Allison
12
2
9
11

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
1 Belfour
10
3.51
5-3-2
.886
32 Tellqvist
3
2.73
1-1-0
.914

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
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81