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PREVIEW: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

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PREVIEW: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
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Hurricanes: 14-6-1 (29 pts.)
Maple Leafs: 12-8-2 (26 pts.)

Tomorrow's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes play the third game of a four-game home stand on Friday against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network). This marks the teams' third meeting this season. Toronto took the first meeting, 5-4 in overtime at the Air Canada Centre on Oct. 20, and the Hurricanes won the teams' Nov. 3 match up at the RBC Center, 4-3.

Carolina has won 11 of its last 15 games, dating back to a 4-0 win at Washington on Oct. 22. With 29 points in their first 21 regular-season games, the Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-21-games record of 25 points, accomplished in 1986-87 and 2002-03.

Milestone Watch

  • Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky is two points shy of 300 points for his NHL career
  • Defenseman Bret Hedican played his 200th game with the Hurricanes, Nov. 22 vs. Ottawa

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

Carolina Notes
Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams is currently riding a five-game points streak (11/15-11/22: 4g, 3a). The Cobourg, Ont., native had a three-game goal-scoring streak (11/17-11/20: 4g, 1a) snapped when he was held goal-less on Nov. 22 against Ottawa. On Nov. 17 against the NY Rangers, Williams scored the Hurricanes' second shorthanded goal of 2005-06 and earned the game's third star en route to a 5-1 Canes victory. He scored again on Nov. 19 at Madison Square Garden and notched both of Carolina's goals in a 5-2 loss against Tampa Bay on Nov. 20. In the second period of the game against Tampa Bay, Williams was hauled down by Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle on a shorthanded breakaway. He was awarded a penalty shot and beat netminder John Grahame for his second shorthanded goal this season and second goal of the game.

Williams is in his second season with the Hurricanes after being acquired from Philadelphia in exchange for defenseman Danny Markov on Jan. 20, 2004. In 53 games with Carolina, Williams has amassed 13 goals and 19 assists (32 points) along with 50 penalty minutes.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-3-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 24-of-134 (17.9%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 94-of-119 (78.9%)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Ray Whitney, groin, day-to-day, missed 1 game
  • Center Rod Brind'Amour, groin, day-to-day, missed 4 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, injured reserve, missed 6 games
  • Defenseman Niclas Wallin, wrist, injured reserve, missed 7 games
  • Defenseman Glen Wesley, groin, injured reserve, missed 8 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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 Maple Leafs
Friday marks the third of four meetings this season between the Hurricanes and Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs scored a 5-4 overtime win in the teams' first match up on Oct. 20 at the Air Canada Centre. Carolina returned the favor at the RBC Center on Nov. 3, taking a 4-3 regulation win.

The Hurricanes won the 2003-04 season series against the Maple Leafs 2-1-0-1 (Maple Leafs: 2-2-0-0), scoring wins in each of their two visits to Toronto, including a 2-0 shutout win on Jan. 27, 2004. Erik Cole (2g, 1a) led Carolina in the 2003-04 season series against the Maple Leafs with three points (2g, 1a). Ken Klee paced Toronto with three points (1g, 2a) in the four-game season series. The Carolina franchise posts a 37-25-12-1 all-time record against the Maple Leafs, going 19-12-6-1 at home and 18-13-6-0 in Toronto.

Hurricanes vs. Maple Leafs 2005-06 Schedule
Oct. 20 Air Canada Centre L, 5-4 (OT)
Nov. 3 RBC Center W, 4-3
Nov. 25 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
March 21 Air Canada Centre 7:30 p.m.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
21
15
18
33
61 Stillman
21
6
13
19
26 Cole
21
6
12
18

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
13
2.29
9-4-0
.926
30 Ward
1
3.75
5-2-1
.874

Maple Leafs
GP
G
A
PTS
24 McCabe
22
9
21
30
41 Allison
22
3
18
21
92 O'Neill
20
9
9
18

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
20 Belfour
18
3.38
10-6-2
.893
32 Tellqvist
5
2.85
2-2-0
.911
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