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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Phoenix Coyotes

Friday, 01.13.2006 / 10:17 AM / News
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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 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 43 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 48 10 19 -13 29
E. Lindholm 48 9 11 -12 20
R. Nash 48 7 13 -4 20
J. Tlusty 41 12 7 -12 19
J. Skinner 43 10 9 -8 19
N. Gerbe 44 5 13 -4 18
V. Rask 48 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 46 1 14 -6 15
J. McClement 48 1 9 -2 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 11 17 4 .914 2.37
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .914 2.41