GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Los Angeles Kings

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Los Angeles Kings

Carolina Hurricanes at Los Angeles Kings

Thursday, Dec. 8, 10:30 p.m. (ET)
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
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Hurricanes: 17-8-2 (36 pts.)
Kings: 17-11-1 (35 pts.)

Tonight's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes visit the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET, FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network) for the fourth of five consecutive road games against Pacific Division teams. 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 suffered a 5-4 shootout loss at Dallas on Dec. 2, fell 8-4 at Phoenix on Dec. 3 and scored a 6-2 win at Anaheim on Tuesday.

Carolina has won 14 of its last 21 games, dating back to a 4-0 win at Washington on Oct. 22. With 36 points in their first 27 regular-season games, the Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-27-games record of 34 points, accomplished in 1996-97.

Milestone Watch

  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour is two penalty minutes shy of 900 for his NHL career
  • Right wing Chad LaRose made his NHL/Hurricanes debut at Anaheim on Dec. 6
  • 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
Hurricanes center and Alternate Captain Kevyn Adams earned his second NHL hat trick, and second hat trick of the season, on Dec. 6 at Anaheim when he beat Mighty Ducks netminder Ilja Bryzgalov three times in the game's first 30:21. Adams' third goal of the natural hat trick was scored shorthanded, his first shorthanded goal of the season and sixth of his NHL and Hurricanes careers. The hat trick on Dec. 6 gave Adams six goals on the season, making him the first player since Alexei Kovalev (with Pittsburgh) on Nov. 13-14, 2001, to score his first six goals of a season with two hat tricks.

Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams had his career-best nine-game points streak (11/15-12/2: 6g, 7a) snapped at Phoenix on Dec. 3, but rebounded with a goal and an assist in Carolina's game at Anaheim on Dec. 6 giving him points in 10 of the last 11 games (11/15-12/6: 7g, 8a). 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 59 games with Carolina, Williams has amassed 16 goals and 24 assists (40 points) along with 56 penalty minutes.

With a goal and an assist at Anaheim on Dec. 6, Carolina's 27th game of the season, Eric Staal matched the franchise record for fastest player to score 20 goals in a season (Blaine Stoughton, 1980-81), and bested Ron Francis' record for fastest player to 40 points in franchise history by two games (1982-83: 29 games).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 9-4-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-4-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 33-of-175 (18.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 120-of-155 (77.4%)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Andrew Ladd, torn meniscus (right knee), surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 6-8 weeks, missed 1 game
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 12 games
  • Defenseman Niclas Wallin, wrist, injured reserve, missed 13 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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 Kings
Thursday marks the lone regular-season meeting between Carolina and Los Angeles. The teams last met on Nov. 8, 2004, a 3-2 Hurricanes overtime win at the RBC Center. The Hurricanes won the 2003-04 season series against the Kings 1-0-0-0.

Eric Staal (1g, 1a) led Carolina in the 2003-04 season series against the Kings with two points, including the overtime game-winner. Jaroslav Modry (1g, 1a) and Ziggy Palffy (1g, 1a) paced Los Angeles with two points in the one-game season series. The Carolina franchise posts a 25-28-8-0 all-time record against the Kings, going 15-11-5-0 at home and 10-17-3-0 in Los Angeles.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
27
20
20
40
17 Brind'Amour
23
9
14
23
61 Stillman
26
7
16
23

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
18
2.56
11-5-1
.917
30 Ward
13
4.05
6-3-1
.865


Kings
GP
G
A
PTS
38 Demitra
29
14
22
36
24 Frolov
29
13
19
32
22 Conroy
29
11
16
27

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
31 Garon
17
2.85
9-6-0
.904
35 Labarbera
14
2.89
8-5-1
.900
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