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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Chicago Blackhawks

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
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Hurricanes: 18-9-2 (38 pts.)
Blackhawks: 12-14-2 (26 pts.)

Tuesday's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes return to the RBC Center on Tuesday (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network) to face the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hurricanes are returning from a six-game road swing that concluded on Saturday at San Jose. Carolina now plays five consecutive home games leading up to the two-day Christmas break.

Tuesday's game marks the first of three games in the Hurricanes' 'Holiday Hug' program, where fans can purchase two lower-level or club-level seats for the price of one by making a contribution to charity. For Tuesday's game, fans bringing two or more cans of food to the RBC Center box office for the North Carolina Food Bank will receive a voucher to take advantage of the two-for-one offer. Carolina's games against Columbus on Dec. 15 and Tampa Bay on Dec. 20 will also give fans the opportunity to contribute to a charity and enjoy Hurricanes hockey at a reduced price. The offers are only valid on the days of the games at the RBC Center box office.

Milestone Watch

  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour surpassed 900 penalty minutes for his NHL career, Dec. 10 at San Jose
  • Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky earned his 300th NHL point with an assist, Dec. 10 at San Jose

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 currently posts a 18-9-2 record and holds a one-point lead in the Southeast Division standings. With 38 points in their first 29 games, the Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-29-games record of 36 points, accomplished in 1986-87.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal ranked tied for fourth in the league with 42 points through games of Dec. 11. Staal has notched points in all but five of the Hurricanes' 29 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 tied for fourth in the league with 21 goals and tied for first in the league with three shorthanded goals through games of Dec. 11.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 9-4-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 9-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 35-of-180 (19.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 131-of-167 (78.4%)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Andrew Ladd, torn meniscus (right knee), surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 6-8 weeks, missed 3 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 14 games
  • Defenseman Niclas Wallin, wrist, injured reserve, missed 15 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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 Blackhawks
Tuesday marks the only regular-season meeting between Carolina and Chicago. The teams last met on March 17, 2004, a 3-2 Hurricanes win at the United Center. In that contest, Rod Brind'Amour (1g, 2a) led the Hurricanes with a three-points, including his 900th NHL point, in his 1,100th NHL game. Erik Cole (1g, 1a) also posted a multi-point game against Chicago that night, and scored the game-winning goal with 4:22 remaining in Carolina's come-from-behind win. Mark Bell and Tuomo Ruuto each found the net for the Blackhawks in that game. The Carolina franchise posts a 24-28-7-0 all-time record against the Blackhawks, going 14-12-4-0 at home and 10-16-3-0 in Chicago.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
29
21
21
42
61 Stillman
28
7
18
25
17 Brind'Amour
25
10
14
24
11 Williams
29
8
15
23
26 Cole
29
8
15
23

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
20
2.61
12-6-1
.917
30 Ward
13
4.05
6-3-1
.865


Blackhawks
GP
G
A
PTS
39 Arnason
28
6
16
22
28 Bell
28
11
10
21
19 Calder
25
6
13
19

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
53 Khabibulin
24
3.21
10-13-1
.881
31 Anderson
5
3.94
2-1-1
.886

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