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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at San Jose Sharks

Friday, 01.13.2006 / 10:17 AM ET / News
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at San Jose Sharks

Carolina Hurricanes at San Jose Sharks

Saturday, Dec. 10, 10:30 p.m. (ET)
HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, CA
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Hurricanes: 18-8-2 (38 pts.)
Sharks: 12-12-4 (28 pts.)

Tonight's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes visit the San Jose Sharks on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET, FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network) for the fifth 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 and fell 8-4 at Phoenix on Dec. 3, before scoring wins at Anaheim (Dec. 6, 6-2) and Los Angeles (Dec. 8, 3-2).

Carolina has won 15 of its last 22 games, dating back to a 4-0 win at Washington on Oct. 22. With 38 points in their first 28 regular-season games, the Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-28-games record of 34 points, accomplished in 1986-87 and 1996-97.

Milestone Watch

  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour is two penalty minutes shy of 900 for his NHL career
  • Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky is one point 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 Eric Staal, who was named NHL Offensive Player of the Month for October, currently leads the Hurricanes and was ranked tied for third in the league with 41 points through games of Dec. 8. Staal has notched points in all but five of the Hurricanes' 28 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 20 goals and tied for fifth in the league with two shorthanded goals through games of Dec. 8.

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, and a goal on Dec. 8 at Los Angeles, giving him points in 11 of the last 12 games (11/15-12/8: 8g, 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 60 games with Carolina, Williams has amassed 17 goals and 24 assists (41 points) along with 56 penalty minutes.

Through games of Dec. 8, Hurricanes netminder Martin Gerber's .919 save percentage ranked seventh in the league and his 2.53 goal-against average ranked 10th. Gerber made 35 saves in each of Carolina's last two games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 9-4-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 9-4-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 34-of-178 (19.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 126-of-161 (78.2%)

Injury Report

  • Right wing Justin Williams, foot, day-to-day
  • Left wing Andrew Ladd, torn meniscus (right knee), surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 6-8 weeks, missed 2 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 13 games
  • Defenseman Niclas Wallin, wrist, injured reserve, missed 14 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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.
Dec. 15 Thursday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 16 Friday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
Dec. 17 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 18 Sunday none
Dec. 19 Monday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
Dec. 20 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 21 Wednesday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
Dec. 22 Thursday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
Dec. 23 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 24-25 Saturday-Sunday none
Dec. 26 Monday RBC Center 10:00 a.m.

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

Against the Sharks
Saturday marks the only regular-season meeting between Carolina and San Jose. The teams last met on Oct. 28, 2003, a 3-0 Hurricanes win at the RBC Center. Josef Vasicek (3g, 0a) had his first career hat trick in Carolina's game against San Jose last year, and Jeff O'Neill (0g, 3a) earned three assists against the Sharks to pace the Hurricanes. The Carolina franchise posts a 10-12-0-0 all-time record against the Mighty Ducks, going 6-5-0-0 at home and 4-7-0-0 in San Jose.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
28
20
21
41
61 Stillman
27
7
17
24
11 Williams
28
12
11
23
17 Brind'Amour
24
9
14
23

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
19
2.53
12-5-1
.919
30 Ward
13
4.05
6-3-1
.865


Sharks
GP
G
A
PTS
19 Thornton
27
10
31
41
12 Marleau
28
12
23
35
14 Cheechoo
28
10
9
19

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
20 Nabakov
18
3.11
5-7-4
.877
31 Schaefer
7
1.88
5-1-0
.920
35 Toskala
7
4.47
2-4-0
.834

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81