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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

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