PREVIEW: Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers

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PREVIEW: Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers

Friday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.
BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla.
Listen LIVE!

Hurricanes:
11-2-1 (23 pts.)
Panthers: 7-7-0 (14 pts.)

Tonight’s Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes wrap up a two-game road trip on Friday at Florida’s BankAtlantic Center against the Panthers (7:30 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). Carolina took the first game of this road swing, a 5-3 win at Buffalo on Nov. 9. The Hurricanes have won each of their last eight games, a streak one game longer than the previous franchise record for longest winning streak set March 16-29, 1985.

Carolina has not lost in regulation since a 3-2 loss at the New York Islanders on Oct. 8. With 23 points in their first 14 regular-season games, the Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-14-games record of 16 points in 1991-92 and 1996-97. Carolina has now earned at least a point in each of its last 11 games, dating back to a 7-2 win against Washington at the RBC Center on Oct. 12.

Milestone Watch
Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle is two assists shy of 100 assists for his NHL career

Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky is two points shy of 300 points for his NHL career

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 (Listen LIVE!)

Carolina Notes
In June 2004, the Hurricanes traded defenseman Tomas Malec and a third-round pick to Anaheim in exchange for goaltender Martin Gerber. In calendar year 2003, Gerber posted the best goals-against average (1.77) and save percentage (.936) in the NHL for a calendar year since Dominik Hasek’s 1.76 goals-against average and .943 save percentage with Buffalo in 1998. During the 2004-05 season, Gerber backstopped Farjestads of the Swedish Elite League and posted a 1.90 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage to rank among the league leaders in those categories. Gerber also played 20 games with Langnau of the Swiss league and posted a 2.90 goals-against average during the NHL’s hiatus. He was the starting netminder for Team Switzerland at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and posted a 3-3 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and one shutout during the tournament.

Gerber suffered a hip injury in Carolina’s season opener on Oct. 5 at Tampa Bay and missed three games (10/7-10/12), but did dress and served as backup in the Hurricanes’ 6-1 win at New Jersey on Oct. 15 and the team’s 5-4 overtime loss at Toronto on Oct. 20. He returned to action in Carolina’s 4-0 shutout win at Washington on Oct. 22 after Cam Ward suffered an injury in the first period. The game marked the first combined shutout in franchise history as Gerber’s 17 saves and Ward’s one save helped the Hurricanes to their fourth win of 2005-06. Gerber turned in a 45-save performance on Oct. 24 in Carolina’s 3-2 home win against Ottawa, and broke the Hurricanes record for saves in a period when he stopped all of the Senators’ 24 third-period shots to earn the game’s first star. He is currently on a five-game win streak following his last game played, Carolina’s 2-0 win vs. Florida on Nov. 5, his first individual shutout with Carolina. On Nov. 9 at Buffalo, Gerber turned away 41 of the Sabres’ 44 shots to earn his sixth consecutive win and help the Hurricanes to a franchise-best eight-game winning streak.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 7-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 4-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 20-of-89 (22.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 64-of-79 (81.0%)

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
Nov. 11 Friday Bank Atlantic Center 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 12 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 13 Sunday RBC Center (off/optional) TBD
Nov. 14 Monday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
Nov. 15 Tuesday Corel Centre 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 16 Wednesday RecZone 12:00 p.m.
Nov. 17 Thursday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 18 Friday RecZone 10:00 a.m.
Nov. 19 Saturday Madison Square Garden TBD
Nov. 20 Sunday RecZone 10:30 a.m.

*All times and locations subject to change

Injury Report
Defenseman Glen Wesley, groin, missed 1 game
Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, hip, missed 2 games

Against the Panthers
Friday’s game marks the second of eight regular-season match ups between Southeast Division rivals Carolina and Florida. The teams last met on Nov. 5 at the RBC Center, a 2-0 Hurricanes win behind Martin Gerber’s first individual shutout performance of the season. Florida and Carolina split their 2003-04 season series 2-2-2, with each team earning a pair of wins and a tie in its own home building.

Erik Cole and Josef Vasiecek led the Canes with two goals and four assists apiece in the six games against the Panthers in 2003-04. Rod Brind’Amour led the team in goals against Florida with three, and also had two helpers. The Hurricanes post a 21-19-11-1 all-time record against Florida, with a 14-9-3-0 mark at home and a 7-10-8-1 record on the road.

Hurricanes vs. Panthers 2005-06 Schedule
Nov. 5 RBC Center W, 2-0
Nov. 11 BankAtlantic Center 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 23 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 25 BankAtlantic Center 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 3 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 10 BankAtlantic Center 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 11 BankAtlantic Center 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 31 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
14
11
16
27
61 Stillman
14
5
13
18
26 Cole
14
6
9
15

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
7
2.26
6-1-0
.928
30 Ward
9
3.06
5-1-1
.893

Panthers
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Jokinen
16
4
9
13
16 Horton
15
7
3
10
26 Van Ryn
16
1
9
10

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
1 Luongo
15
2.77
6-6-3
.922
29 McLennan
3
1.61
0-1-0
.933
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