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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Thursday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
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Hurricanes: 18-9-2 (38 pts.)
Blue Jackets: 9-21-0 (18 pts.)

Thursday's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes continue their five-game home stand against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes scored a 5-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday to kick off the pre-holiday home stand.

Thursday's game marks the second 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 Thursday's game, fans bringing a new, unopened toy to the RBC Center box office Toys For Tots will receive a voucher to take advantage of the two-for-one offer. Carolina's game against 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

  • Right wing Justin Williams is two assists shy of 100 assists for his NHL career
  • 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
Hurricanes winger Craig Adams, a player more typically known for his hard skating and physical play than his offensive production, has found his name on the score sheet of late. On Dec. 6 at Anaheim, Adams notched the primary assists on all three of linemate Kevyn Adams' goals, helping Kevyn to his second career NHL hat trick, and second hat trick of 2005-06. Two games later, Craig scored in the Hurricanes' final game of a six-game road swing at San Jose. Upon the team's return to the RBC Center on Dec. 13 against Chicago, he ignited the Hurricanes' offense in the first period with a backhanded flip shot on a breakaway to beat goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin and get a five-goal rally underway. He scored again in the third period to cap Carolina's scoring in a 5-3 victory.

The Hurricanes re-acquired Craig Adams on Oct. 3 from Anaheim after he signed a one-year contract and attended training camp with the Mighty Ducks. The Carolina organization originally drafted the Seria, Brunei, native and Harvard Crimson alum in the ninth round, 223rd overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. In 253 NHL games, all with Carolina, Adams has scored 18 goals and added 28 assists (46 points) and accumulated 200 penalty minutes.

On Wednesday, the Hurricanes reassigned goaltender Cam Ward to Lowell (AHL) for a conditioning stint. In a related move, Kevin Nastiuk, the Hurricanes' fourth-round choice in 2003, was recalled to Carolina. The Hurricanes plan to recall Ward from Lowell on Monday.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 10-4-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 9-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 35-of-186 (18.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 131-of-169 (78.7%)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Andrew Ladd, torn meniscus (right knee), surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 6-8 weeks, missed 4 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 15 games
  • Defenseman Niclas Wallin, wrist, injured reserve, missed 16 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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 Blue Jackets
Thursday marks the eighth all-time meeting between the Hurricanes and the Blue Jackets, and the teams' only game of the 2005-06 season. The teams last met on March 8, 2004, a 4-1 Hurricanes win at Columbus' Nationwide Arena. Carolina and Columbus split the 2003-04 two-game season series, with the Blue Jackets taking the first of the two games, 3-0 on March 2, 2004, at the RBC Center. Aaron Ward (2g, 0a), Craig Adams (1g, 1a) and Eric Staal (0g, 2a) led the way for Carolina in the two games with Columbus in 2003-04 with two points each. The Hurricanes post a 5-2-0-0 all-time record against the Blue Jackets, with a 3-1-0-0 record at the RBC Center and a 2-1-0-0 record in Columbus.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
30
21
21
42
11 Williams
30
12
13
25
17 Brind'Amour
26
10
15
25
61 Stillman
29
7
18
25

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
21
2.63
13-6-1
.915
35 Nastiuk
0
0.00
0-0-0
-


Blue Jackets
GP
G
A
PTS
9 Vyborny
30
6
13
19
4 Berard
30
6
13
19
13 Zherdev
29
8
7
15
27 Malhotra
25
2
13
15

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
30 Denis
18
3.20
4-12-0
.894
31 LeClaire
8
3.94
2-6-0
.889
35 Prusek
9
3.22
3-3-0
.879

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