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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Atlanta Thrashers

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Atlanta Thrashers

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Atlanta Thrashers

Sunday, Nov. 27, 5 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
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Hurricanes: 15-6-1 (31 pts.)
Thrashers: 9-12-2 (20 pts.)

Today's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes wrap up a four-game home stand on Sunday against the Atlanta Thrashers (5 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network), the first game of a home-and-home series between the division rivals. Carolina emerged victorious in their last game, a 4-3 shootout win against Toronto on Friday at the RBC Center.

Carolina has won 12 of its last 16 games, dating back to a 4-0 win at Washington on Oct. 22. With 31 points in their first 22 regular-season games, the Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-22-games record of 27 points, accomplished in 1986-87.

Milestone Watch

  • Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky is two points shy of 300 points for his NHL career

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
Through 22 games this season, the Carolina Hurricanes have amassed 31 points in the standings, putting them in first place in the Southeast Division. This marks the team's best 22-game start to a season in franchise history, eclipsing the 22-game, 27-point start the team jumped out to in 1986-87.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 9-3-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 26-of-143 (18.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 98-of-124 (79.0%)

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky, concussion, day-to-day, missed 1 game
  • Left wing Cory Stillman, right foot, day-to-day, missed 1 game
  • Left wing Ray Whitney, groin, day-to-day, missed 2 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, injured reserve, missed 7 games
  • Defenseman Niclas Wallin, wrist, injured reserve, missed 8 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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
Sunday's game marks the second of eight regular-season meetings in 2005-06 between the Hurricanes and the Thrashers, and the first game of a home-and-home series that will conclude Tuesday at Philips Arena. Atlanta took the teams' first meeting of the season on Nov. 12 at the RBC Center, skating away with a 9-0 win and snapping Carolina's nine-game winning streak.

Carolina and Atlanta met six times during the 2003-04 season, with the Hurricanes taking the series 4-1-0-1 (Atlanta: 2-3-0-1). Erik Cole led the Hurricanes with six points (2g, 4a) against Atlanta in 2003-04 while Ilya Kovalchuk led the Thrashers with nine points (3g, 6a). Carolina leads the all-time regular-season series against Atlanta 18-4-4-1, and has fallen to the Thrashers just three times in 14 meetings at the RBC Center, going 10-3-1-0 on home ice and 8-1-3-1 at Philips Arena.

Hurricanes vs. Thrashers 2005-06 Schedule
Nov. 12 RBC Center L, 9-0
Nov. 27 RBC Center 5:00 p.m.
Nov. 29 Philips Arena 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 4 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 26 Philips Arena 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 28 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
April 1 Philips Arena 7:00 p.m.
April 8 Philips Arena 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 12, 2005 Atlanta 9, Hurricanes 0
The Atlanta Thrashers paid their first of four 2005-06 visits to Raleigh and scored a 9-0 win against the Hurricanes. The loss ended a franchise-best nine-game win streak for Carolina who had not lost a game in regulation since Oct. 8 prior to suffering its first shutout of the season. Ilya Kovalchuk opened up the Thrashers' offensive barrage with an even-strength goal 8:25 into the game. Scott Mellanby scored Atlanta's second goal 2:32 later, marking the end of Hurricanes goaltender Martin Gerber's night. Cam Ward replaced Gerber just past the midway point of the first period, but the Thrashers' offensive continued as the Hurricanes took a season-high 17 penalties, leading to four Atlanta power-play goals. The Thrashers' goaltending tandem of Mike Dunham and Adam Berkhoel combined to make 19 saves for a combined shutout and a win for Dunham.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
22
16
18
34
61 Stillman
21
6
13
19
26 Cole
22
6
12
18

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
14
2.33
10-4-0
.925
30 Ward
1
3.75
5-2-1
.874

Thrashers
GP
G
A
PTS
9 Savard
22
7
23
30
17 Kovalchuk
19
15
14
29
18 Hossa
22
10
15
25

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
33 Berkhoel
8
4.08
2-4-0
.876
31 Shields
5
4.29
1-2-1
.853
35 Garnett
6
4.90
1-3-0
.857

* All Thrashers' stats prior to Atlanta's game against Florida, Nov. 26

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