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PREVIEW: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Tuesday, 11.22.2005 / 9:27 AM ET / News
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PREVIEW: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Sunday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
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Hurricanes: 14-4-1 (29 pts.)
Lightning: 9-9-3 (21 pts.)

Tonight's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes return to the RBC Center on Sunday to face the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network) for the first game of a four-game home stand and the second game of a back-to-back set. The Hurricanes fell 4-3 to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon. Following Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Carolina will host Ottawa, Toronto and Atlanta to round out the four-game home stand.

Carolina has won 11 of its last 13 games, dating back to a 4-0 win at Washington on Oct. 22, and holds an eight-point lead in the Southeast Division standings. With 29 points in their first 19 regular-season games, the Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-19-games record of 23 points in 1986, 87, 1996-97 and 2001-02.

Milestone Watch

  • Right wing Radim Vrbata will play his 100th game with the Hurricanes with his next game played
  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle is one assist shy of 100 assists for his NHL career
  • Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky is two points shy of 300 points for his NHL career
  • Defenseman Aaron Ward played his 500th NHL game on Nov. 19 at NY Rangers
  • Center Eric Staal played his 100th NHL/Hurricanes game on Nov. 19 at NY Rangers

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

Carolina Notes
Carolina is in the midst of its fourth set of back-to-back games this season after suffering a 4-3 loss at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers on Saturday afternoon. Carolina currently posts a 4-3-0 record in back-to-back games this season, including a 3-1-0 record in the first games of those sets and a 1-2-0 record in the second games. The Hurricanes played their second set of back-to-back games in 2005-06 and scored wins against Philadelphia (8-6) on Oct. 28 and at Pittsburgh (5-3) on Oct. 29. It marked the first time since March 12 and March 13, 2004 that the team won both ends of a back-to-back set. The Hurricanes are scheduled to play 13 sets of back-to-back games during the 2005-06 regular season, the fewest number of those situations the team has had since relocating to North Carolina in 1997-98. The Hurricanes played 17 back-to-back sets in 2003-04, posting a 12-16-4-2 record in those 34 contests; 4-9-2-2 in the first games of back-to-back sets and 8-7-2-0 in the second games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-1-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 24-of-125 (19.2%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 89-of-111 (80.2%)

Injury Report
Left wing Erik Cole, left foot, day-to-day
Center Rod Brind'Amour, groin, day-to-day, missed 2 games
Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, injured reserve, missed 4 games
Defenseman Niclas Wallin, wrist, day-to-day, missed 5 games
Defenseman Glen Wesley, groin, injured reserve, missed 6 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
Nov. 20 Sunday RecZone 11:00 a.m. (optional)
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

Against the Lightning
The Hurricanes and Lightning meet for the second time this season and the first of four meetings at the RBC Center this season. The Lightning took the teams' first meeting 5-2, on opening night in Tampa. The teams met twice during the 2005 exhibition season, with the Hurricanes winning each contest (9/22: 5-2 at CAR; 9/30: 6-2 at TB).

Carolina and Tampa Bay met six times during the 2003-04 season, with the Lightning posting a 3-1-2-0 victory in the season series. Sean Hill led the Hurricanes with two goals and four assists (6 points) in the season series, and now-Hurricane Cory Stillman paced the Lightning with two goals and five assists (7 points). The Hurricanes post a 24-19-10-1 all-time record against Tampa Bay, with a 15-4-7-1 home mark and a 9-15-3-0 mark in Tampa.

Hurricanes vs. Lightning 2005-06 Schedule
Oct. 5 St. Pete Times Forum L, 5-2
Nov. 20 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 20 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 26 St. Pete Times Forum 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 9 St. Pete Times Forum 7:30 p.m.
March 27 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
April 14 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
April 15 St. Pete Times Forum 7:30 p.m.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
19
14
13
27
61 Stillman
19
5
13
18
26 Cole
19
6
10
16
13 Whitney
13
5
11
16

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
12
2.13
9-3-0
.931
30 Ward
10
3.60
5-1-1
.879

Lightning
GP
G
A
PTS
20 Prospal
20
13
17
30
4 Lecavalier
21
10
14
24
19 Richards
21
7
15
22

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
47 Grahame
16
2.90
7-8-1
.893
1 Burke
5
1.87
2-0-2
.914

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