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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Phoenix Coyotes

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Phoenix Coyotes

Carolina Hurricanes at Phoenix Coyotes

Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 p.m. (ET)
Glendale Arena, Glendale, AZ
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Hurricanes: 16-7-2 (34 pts.)
Coyotes: 13-12-2 (28 pts.)

Saturday's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes will take the ice at Phoenix's Glendale Arena to face the Coyotes in the second game of a back-to-back set. The Hurricanes are in the midst of a six-game road swing - the team's longest stretch of games away from Raleigh this season - that began with a 4-3 overtime win at Atlanta on Nov. 29. Carolina has won 13 of its last 18 games, dating back to a 4-0 win at Washington on Oct. 22. With 33 points in their first 24 regular-season games, the Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-24-games record of 29 points, accomplished in 1986-87.

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

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 career-best eight-game points streak (11/15-11/29: 5g, 6a). 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' longest points streak prior to his current streak was seven games, set during the 2001-02 season with Philadelphia, when he had five goals and five assists between Jan. 8 and Jan. 18. 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 56 games with Carolina, Williams has amassed 14 goals and 22 assists (36 points) along with 52 penalty minutes.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal, who was named Offensive Player of the Month for October, currently leads the Hurricanes and ranked eighth in the league with 36 points through games of Nov. 30. Staal has notched points in all but four of the Hurricanes' 24 games this season, and had a career-high 10-game points streak (10/20-11/11: 7g, 12a) prior to the Hurricanes' Nov. 12 shutout loss against Atlanta. He ranked fourth in the league with 18 goals and tied for second in the league with two shorthanded goals through games of Nov. 30.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 9-4-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 7-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 28-of-154 (18.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 107-of-136 (78.6%)

* Hurricanes statistics prior to Carolina's game at Dallas on Dec. 2

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky, concussion, day-to-day, missed 3 games
  • Left wing Ray Whitney, groin, day-to-day, missed 4 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, injured reserve, missed 9 games
  • Defenseman Niclas Wallin, wrist, injured reserve, missed 10 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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 Coyotes
Saturday marks the only regular-season meetings between Carolina and Phoenix. The teams last met on Jan. 4, 2003, a 3-0 Hurricanes loss at the RBC Center. The Carolina franchise posts a 29-24-8-0 all-time record against the Phoenix franchise, going 14-10-6-0 at home and 15-14-2-0 on the road.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
24
18
18
36
61 Stillman
23
6
14
20
26 Cole
24
6
13
19

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
15
2.45
10-5-0
.919
30 Ward
12
3.67
6-2-1
.877

* Hurricanes statistics prior to Carolina's game at Dallas on Dec. 2

Coyotes
GP
G
A
PTS
17 Nagy
25
8
16
24
23 Mara
27
4
15
19
89 Comrie
26
8
10
18
19 Doan
27
6
12
18

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
31 Joseph
19
2.12
11-7-0
.932
30 Leneveu
9
3.20
2-5-2
.885

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 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