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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
Listen LIVE!

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 - 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
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81