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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Atlanta Thrashers

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Atlanta Thrashers

Atlanta Thrashers vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m.
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
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Hurricanes: 15-7-1 (31 pts.)
Thrashers: 10-12-2 (22 pts.)

Tomorrow's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes head to Atlanta for a Tuesday night tilt against the Thrashers (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network), the first of six consecutive road games for Carolina. The Hurricanes and Thrashers met Sunday in the first game of this home-and-home series, a 5-2 win for Atlanta. The Thrashers also took the teams' first meeting of 2005-06, 9-0 at the RBC Center on Nov. 12.

Carolina has won 12 of its last 17 games, dating back to a 4-0 win at Washington on Oct. 22. With 31 points in their first 23 regular-season games, the Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-23-games record of 29 points, accomplished in 1986-87.

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 Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams is currently riding a seven-game points streak (11/15-11/27: 4g, 6a), including a three-game assists streak (11/22-11/27: 0g, 4a). 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 55 games with Carolina, Williams has amassed 13 goals and 22 assists (35 points) along with 50 penalty minutes.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 9-4-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 26-of-149 (17.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 103-of-131 (78.6%)

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky, concussion, day-to-day, missed 2 games
  • Left wing Ray Whitney, groin, day-to-day, missed 3 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, injured reserve, missed 8 games
  • Defenseman Niclas Wallin, wrist, injured reserve, missed 9 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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.
Dec. 7 Wednesday Toyota Sports Center 12:45 p.m.
Dec. 8 Thursday Staples Center 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 9 Friday Toyota Sports Center 12:45 p.m.
Dec. 10 Saturday HP Pavilion 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 11 Sunday OFF
Dec. 12 Monday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
Dec. 13 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 14 Wednesday RecZone 11:00 a.m.

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

Against the Thrashers
Tuesday's game marks the third of eight regular-season meetings in 2005-06 between the Hurricanes and the Thrashers, and the second game of a home-and-home series that began Sunday with Atlanta's 5-2 win at the RBC Center. 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 franchise-record nine-game winning streak, and seven-game home 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 18-5-4-1, and has fallen to the Thrashers just four times in 15 meetings at the RBC Center, going 10-4-1-0 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 L, 5-2
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.

Nov. 27, 2005
Atlanta 5, Hurricanes 2

The Atlanta Thrashers and Carolina Hurricanes met at the RBC Center for the second game of their eight-game season series, and Atlanta skated away with a 5-2 win. It was the first game of a home-and-home series between the clubs, and their second of three meetings in the month of November. Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals and earned two assists to lead the Thrashers and take first-star honors. Rookie netminder Michael Garnett made 27 saves on 29 Carolina shots to notch his third win of the season and receive second-star accolades. Justin Williams earned the game's third star, notching assists on each of Carolina's goals to extend his points streak to seven games (11/15-11/27: 4g, 6a). Rookie winger Andrew Ladd notched his second goal of his NHL career to get Carolina on the board in the first period and Aaron Ward scored for the first time this season when he beat Garnett with a long-range slapshot late in the second frame. Atlanta scored three times in the game's final 7:41 to seal the victory.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
23
16
18
34
61 Stillman
22
6
13
19
26 Cole
23
6
12
18

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
15
2.45
10-5-0
.919
30 Ward
1
3.75
5-2-1
.874

Thrashers
GP
G
A
PTS
9 Savard
24
10
25
35
17 Kovalchuk
21
17
17
34
18 Hossa
24
11
17
28

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
8
4.31
3-3-0
.862

* 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 MTL 24 16 7 1 62 59 33
2 PIT 22 15 5 2 78 53 32
3 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
4 NYI 23 16 7 0 74 64 32
5 DET 23 13 5 5 69 58 31
6 BOS 24 14 9 1 61 58 29
7 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
8 FLA 21 9 6 6 45 53 24
9 WSH 22 10 8 4 63 59 24
10 NYR 22 10 8 4 63 62 24
11 OTT 22 10 8 4 60 59 24
12 NJD 23 9 10 4 57 68 22
13 PHI 22 8 11 3 59 69 19
14 CAR 22 7 12 3 52 65 17
15 BUF 23 7 14 2 39 73 16
16 CBJ 22 6 14 2 51 81 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Nash 22 4 11 0 15
E. Staal 17 6 8 -7 14
J. Faulk 22 2 12 -10 14
J. Tlusty 22 10 3 -9 13
E. Lindholm 22 6 5 -5 11
J. Skinner 18 5 6 -5 11
N. Gerbe 18 3 6 2 9
A. Sekera 21 0 8 -6 8
C. Terry 17 4 3 1 7
V. Rask 22 3 3 -8 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 7 8 1 .907 2.57
A. Khudobin 0 4 2 .898 2.97