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PREVIEW: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers

Thursday, 11.17.2005 / 10:18 AM ET / News
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PREVIEW: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers

Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
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Hurricanes:
13-3-1 (27 pts.)
Rangers: 11-6-3 (25 pts.)

Tonight's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes return to the RBC Center tonight to begin a home-and-home series against the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes are returning from a one-game road trip to Ottawa that saw Carolina score a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night against the Senators, the NHL's highest-scoring team. Martin Gerber made 35 saves and earned first-star honors in the Hurricanes' win.

The Hurricanes had their franchise best nine-game win streak snapped on Nov. 12 in Raleigh at the hands of the Atlanta Thrashers. Still, Carolina has won 10 of its last 11 games, dating back to a 4-0 win at Washington on Oct. 22, and holds an eight-point lead in the Southeast Division standings going into Thursday's games. With 27 points in their first 17 regular-season games, the Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-17-games record of 21 points in 1996-97.

Milestone Watch

  • Center Kevyn Adams played his 200th Hurricanes game on Nov. 15 at Ottawa
  • 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: FSN South
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 suffering a hip injury in Carolina's season opener, goaltender Martin Gerber returned to action in Carolina's 4-0 shutout win at Washington on Oct. 22. He went on to earn seven consecutive wins, breaking the franchise record for individual winning streak for a goaltender (previously five games, accomplished three times (Mike Liut, 2/23-3/7, 1987; Mike Liut, 1/16-1/24, 1988; Kay Whitmore, 10/12-10/23, 1991). He earned his first individual shutout of the season in Carolina's 2-0 win vs. Florida on Nov. 5. He earned his second individual shutout of the season on Nov. 11 at Florida. Gerber's 2.04 goals-against average ranked fifth in the league, and his .934 save percentage tied for fourth through games of Nov. 15.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 7-1-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 22-of-111 (19.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 83-of-102 (81.3%)

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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.
Nov. 21 Monday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
Nov. 22 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 23 Wednesday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
Nov. 24 Thursday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
Nov. 25 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 26 Saturday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
Nov. 27 Sunday RBC Center 9:30 a.m.
Nov. 28 Monday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
Nov. 29 Tuesday Philips Arena 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 30 Wednesday RBC Center 12:00 p.m.

*All times and locations subject to change

Injury Report
Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, injured reserve, missed 2 games
Defenseman Niclas Wallin, wrist, day-to-day, missed 3 games
Defenseman Glen Wesley, groin, day-to-day, missed 4 games
Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, hip, injured reserve, missed 5 games

Against the Rangers
Thursday marks the first of four regular-season meetings between Carolina and the NY Rangers, and the first game of a home-and-home series between the teams. The Hurricanes and Rangers last met Jan. 8, 2004, a 3-2 Hurricanes win at the RBC Center. The Hurricanes won the 2003-04 season series against the Rangers 2-1-1-0, scoring wins in each of their two games at the RBC Center.

Erik Cole (2g, 3a) and Rod Brind'Amour (0g, 5a) led Carolina in the 2003-04 season series against the Rangers with five points. Alex Kovalev (2g, 1a), Mark Messier (2g, 1a) and Anson Carter (1g, 2a) paced the Rangers with three points each in the four-game season series.The Carolina franchise posts a 38-43-7-0 all-time record against the Rangers, going 24-16-3-0 at home and 14-27-4-0 at on the road.

Hurricanes vs. Rangers 2005-06 Schedule
Nov. 17 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 19 Madison Square Garden 1:00 p.m.
March 6 Madison Square Garden 7:00 p.m.
March 14 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
17
12
17
29
61 Stillman
17
5
13
18
26 Cole
17
6
10
16

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
10
2.04
8-2-0
.934
30 Ward
10
3.60
5-1-1
.879

New York
GP
G
A
PTS
68 Jagr
20
18
11
29
82 Straka
20
2
18
20
20 Nylander
20
4
12
16

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
0 Lundqvist
11
1.88
7-2-2
.935
80 Weekes
9
2.76
4-4-1
.893

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