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PREVIEW: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Atlanta Thrashers

Saturday, 11.12.2005 / 9:30 AM ET / News
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PREVIEW: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Atlanta Thrashers

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Atlanta Thrashers

Saturday, Nov. 12, 7:00 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
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Hurricanes:
12-2-1 (25 pts.)
Thrashers: 6-9-1 (13 pts.)

Tonight’s Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes return to the RBC Center tonight to host the Atlanta Thrashers (7 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network) following a two-game road trip that saw the team extend its winning streak to a franchise-best nine games. The Hurricanes scored a 5-3 victory at Buffalo on Wednesday and a 1-0 win behind Martin Gerber’s second individual shutout of the season at Florida on Friday.

The Hurricanes’ current winning streak eclipsed the previous franchise high of seven games 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 25 points in their first 15 regular-season games, the Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-15-games record of 18 points in 1996-97. Carolina has now earned at least a point in each of its last 12 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: None
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
After becoming to first player in NHL history to take two penalty shots in the same game on Nov. 9 at Buffalo, Hurricanes winger Erik Cole became just the second player in league history to be awarded penalty shots in consecutive games when he was hauled down on a first-period breakaway at Florida on Nov. 11. Cole’s accomplishment matched only that of Los Angeles Kings winger Esa Pirnes who was the first player in NHL history to take penalty shots in consecutive games when he did so on Oct. 10 and Oct. 12, 2003.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 7-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 21-of-86 (21.9%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 66-of-81 (81.5%)

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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
Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, day-to-day
Defenseman Niclas Wallin, wrist, day-to-day, missed 1 game
Defenseman Glen Wesley, groin, day-to-day, missed 2 games
Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, hip, injured reserve, missed 3 games

Against the Thrashers
Tonight's game marks the first of eight regular-season meetings in 2005-06 between the Hurricanes and the Thrashers, and the first of three during the month of November. Carolina and Atlanta met six times during the 2003-04 season, with the Hurricanes taking the series 4-1-0-1 (Atlanta: 2-3-0-1). Erik Cole led the Hurricanes with six points (2g, 4a) against Atlanta in 2003-04 while Ilya Kovalchuk led the Thrashers with nine points (3g, 6a).

Carolina leads the all-time regular-season series against Atlanta 18-3-4-1, and has fallen to the Thrashers just twice in 13 meetings at the RBC Center, going 10-2-1-0 on home ice and 8-1-3-1 at Philips Arena.

Hurricanes vs. Thrashers 2005-06 Schedule
Nov. 12 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 27 RBC Center 5:00 p.m.
Nov. 29 Philips Arena 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 4 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 26 Philips Arena 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 28 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
April 1 Philips Arena 7:00 p.m.
April 8 Philips Arena 7:00 p.m.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
15
12
16
28
61 Stillman
15
5
13
18
26 Cole
15
6
10
16

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
8
1.97
7-1-0
.936
30 Ward
9
3.06
5-1-1
.893

Atlanta
GP
G
A
PTS
18 Hossa
16
8
12
20
9 Savard
16
6
14
20
17 Kovalvcuk
13
9
10
19

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
1 Dunham
7
2.22
3-3-1
.911
31 Shields
3
4.69
1-2-0
.837
33 Berkhoel
5
3.55
2-2-0
.890

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 69 21 28 -11 49
J. Faulk 74 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 73 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 69 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 72 11 20 -11 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 70 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 74 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 46 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 38 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62