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PREVIEW: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Ottawa Senators

Tuesday, 11.22.2005 / 9:27 AM / News
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PREVIEW: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Ottawa Senators

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
Listen LIVE!

Hurricanes: 14-5-1 (29 pts.)
Senators: 15-3-0 (30 pts.)

Tomorrow's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes play the second game of a four-game home stand on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes have defeated the Senators by a 3-2 score in each of the team's first two meetings this season.

Carolina has won 11 of its last 14 games, dating back to a 4-0 win at Washington on Oct. 22, and holds an six-point lead in the Southeast Division standings. With 29 points in their first 20 regular-season games, the Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-20-games record of 25 points in 1986-87.

Milestone Watch

  • Defenseman Bret Hedican will play his 200th game with the Hurricanes with his next game played
  • Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky is two points shy of 300 points for his NHL career
  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle earned his 100th NHL assist on Nov. 20 vs. Tampa Bay
  • Right wing Radim Vrbata played his 100th game with the Hurricanes on Nov. 20 vs. Tampa Bay

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
The Hurricanes hosted a standing-room-only crowd of 18,787 for their home opener on Oct. 7 against Pittsburgh at the RBC Center. After 10 home games this season, 146,718 fans have come to watch the Hurricanes at the RBC Center, an average of 14,672 per game, a 19.8 percent increase from 2003-04 when the Hurricanes averaged 11,772 fans per game through 10 games.

Carolina entertained a total of 505,534 fans, an average of 12,330 fans per game, in its 41 games at the RBC Center in 2003-04. The Hurricanes sold out three games in 2003-04, the home opener on Oct. 11 against New Jersey, the Dec. 22 match up against Dallas and the Feb. 21 game against Boston. The Hurricanes totaled 642,973 fans at the RBC Center (capacity: 18,730) in 2002-03 - a franchise record and average of 15,682 per game. The Hurricanes sold out seven games in 2002-03, Jan. 17 vs. New Jersey, Jan. 12 vs. Colorado, Dec. 31 vs. NY Rangers, Dec. 27 vs. Atlanta, Nov. 29 vs. Detroit, Nov. 9 vs. Pittsburgh and Oct. 9 vs. NY Rangers.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-2-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 24-of-129 (18.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 91-of-115 (79.1%)

Injury Report
Left wing Ray Whitney, groin, day-to-day
Center Rod Brind'Amour, groin, day-to-day, missed 3 games
Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, injured reserve, missed 5 games
Defenseman Niclas Wallin, wrist, day-to-day, missed 6 games
Defenseman Glen Wesley, groin, injured reserve, missed 7 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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.
Dec. 1 Thursday RBC Center 10:00 a.m.
Dec. 2 Friday American Airlines Center 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 3 Saturday Glendale Arena 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 4 Sunday OFF
Dec. 5 Monday Toyota Sports Center 11:15 a.m.
Dec. 6 Tuesday Toyota Sports Center 11:30 a.m.

*All times are local. Times and locations subject to change

Against the Senators
Tuesday marks the third meeting this season between the Hurricanes and the Senators, and the second time the teams have met in one week's time. The teams first met in Raleigh on Oct. 24, a 3-2 Hurricanes win. Carolina took the second match up by the same score on Nov. 15 at the Corel Centre. Following Tuesday's game, the teams will meet once more - Dec. 28 in Ottawa. The Senators won the 2003-2004 season series against the Hurricanes 2-0-1-1 (Hurricanes: 1-2-1-0).

Sean Hill (1g, 2a) led Carolina in the 2003-04 season series against the Senators with three points (1g, 2a). Marian Hossa paced Ottawa with eight points (5g, 3a) in the four-game season series. The Carolina franchise posts a 31-19-8-0 all-time record against the Senators, going 17-7-4-0 at home and 14-12-4-0 in Ottawa.

Hurricanes vs. Senators 2005-06 Schedule
Oct. 24 RBC Center W, 3-2
Nov. 15 Corel Centre W, 3-2
Nov. 22 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 28 Corel Centre 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 24, 2005 - Hurricanes 3, Ottawa 2
The Carolina Hurricanes spoiled the Ottawa Senators' league-best six-game win streak, scoring a 3-2 come-from-behind victory in the first game of a three-game home stand. Ottawa jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Patrick Eaves and Jason Spezza in the game's first three minutes. But, the Hurricanes answered with an Eric Staal power-play goal at 7:38 of the second period and a Matt Cullen marker at 11:18 of the second to even the score. Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle used his first goal with Carolina to put the Hurricanes ahead for good with 17:17 remaining in the game. Goaltender Martin Gerber made 45 saves, including a Hurricanes all-time high 24 in the third frame, to preserve the Carolina win and earn first-star honors. Captain Rod Brind'Amour earned second-star honors and extended his points streak (10/12-10/24: 5g, 3a) to five-games with the first assist on Staal's power-play goal.

Nov. 15, 2005 - Hurricanes 2, Ottawa 1
The Hurricanes won the battle of two of the Eastern Conference's top teams with a 2-1 victory against Ottawa at the Corel Centre. Carolina netminder Martin Gerber turned away 35 shots in his first-star effort against the NHL's most potent offense so far this season (76 goals in 16 games). Left wing Ray Whitney scored a power-play goal 12 seconds into the second period to give Carolina a lead it would not relinquish. Defenseman Mike Commodore used his first goal of 2005-06 to give Carolina a 2-0 lead before league-leading scorer Daniel Alfredsson made it 2-1, 3:55 into the third period. Carolina's penalty kill stymied Ottawa's power play on eight attempts during the game.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
20
14
17
31
61 Stillman
20
5
13
18
13 Whitney
14
5
12
17
26 Cole
20
6
10
16

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
12
2.13
9-3-0
.931
30 Ward
1
3.75
5-2-1
.874

Senators
GP
G
A
PTS
11 Alfredsson
18
18
16
34
15 Heatley
18
15
17
32
19 Spezza
18
6
25
31

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
39 Hasek
13
1.83
10-3-0
.937
1 Emery
5
2.78
5-0-0
.907

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