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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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 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