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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72