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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils

Friday, 01.13.2006 / 10:17 AM ET / News
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils

Saturday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
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Hurricanes: 20-9-2 (40 pts.)
Devils: 14-12-5, 33 pts.)

Saturday's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes continue their five-game home stand against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday (7 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes scored a 5-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday and a 2-1 win against Columbus on Thursday to kick off the pre-holiday home stand. Following Saturday's game,

Carolina will entertain Southeast Division rival Tampa Bay on Tuesday (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network) in a No. 1 versus No. 2 battle before wrapping up the home stand on Friday against Florida. Carolina currently posts a 20-9-2 record. With 42 points in their first 31 games, the Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-31-games record of 39 points, accomplished in 1986-87.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal ranked tied for eighth in the league with 42 points through games of Dec. 15. Staal has notched points in 24 of the Hurricanes' 31 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 third in the league with 21 goals and tied for first in the league with three shorthanded goals through games of Dec. 15.

Milestone Watch

  • Right wing Justin Williams is one assist shy of 100 assists for his NHL career.

Television: None
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
The Carolina Hurricanes are 11-4-0 at home this season after downing the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Thursday. Eric Staal currently leads the Hurricanes with 19 points (11g, 8a) in Carolina's 15 home games this season.

Hurricanes Captain Rod Brind'Amour scored twice in Carolina's 6-1 win at New Jersey on Oct. 15, and added a second two-goal game on Dec. 15 against Columbus. Prior to this season, Brind'Amour's last multi-goal game came on March 26, 2002. He has had five multi-point games this season and the 35-year-old now ranks second on the team with 27 points, tied for second on the team with 12 goals and tied for first with nine power-play markers.

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. He rebounded with a goal and an assist in Carolina's game at Anaheim on Dec. 6, a goal on Dec. 8 at Los Angeles, two assists on Dec. 13 against Chicago and an assist against Columbus on Dec. 15, giving him points in 13 of the last 15 games (11/15-12/15: 8g, 11a). Williams' longest points streak prior to his nine-game streak was seven games, set during the 2001-02 season with Philadelphia, when he had five goals and five assists between Jan. 8 and Jan. 18.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 11-4-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 9-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 36-of-193 (18.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 137-of-173 (79.1%)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Andrew Ladd, torn meniscus (right knee), surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 6-8 weeks, missed 5 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 16 games
  • Defenseman Niclas Wallin, wrist, injured reserve, missed 17 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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

Hurricanes vs. Devils 2005-06 Schedule
Oct. 15 Continental Airlines Arena W, 6-1
Dec. 17 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 3 Continental Airlines Arena 7:30 p.m.
April 11 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 15, 2005 Hurricanes 6, New Jersey 1
Carolina notched six-or-more goals for the second consecutive game in scoring a 6-1 win at New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena. Captain Rod Brind'Amour found the net twice for his first multi-goal game since March 26, 2002, and his second straight multi-point game (10/12 vs. WSH: 1g, 2a). Radim Vrbata scored his second goal of the season, in his second game of the season when he beat New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur 5:32 into the game for Carolina's first goal. Vrbata's marker came with just six seconds remaining of a 5-on-3 power play as Colin White and Zach Parise each served minor penalties for New Jersey. Erik Cole and Matt Cullen each scored 15 seconds apart in the game's 17th minute to give the Hurricanes a 3-0 first-period lead. Devils winger Jay Pandolfo made the game 3-1 when he scored 6:18 into the second frame, but Brind'Amour and Josef Vasicek extended Carolina's lead to 5-1 by the end of the period. Brind'Amour added a third-period goal for good measure to seal the win for the Hurricanes. Cam Ward stopped 27 of New Jersey's 28 shots to earn his third win in four starts.

Against the Devils
Saturday marks the second of four 2005-06 regular-season meetings between Carolina and New Jersey. The teams last met on Oct. 15 at Continental Airlines Arena, a 6-1 Hurricanes win. Carolina posted a 1-3-0-0 record against New Jersey in 2003-04, with the Hurricanes' lone win a 2-1 triumph at Continental Airlines Arena on Jan. 21, 2004.

Departed Hurricanes Jeff O'Neill (2g, 0a) and Sean Hill (0g, 2a) led Carolina in the 2003-04 season series against the Devils, each posting two points. Six New Jersey players notched three points in the four-game set with the Hurricanes. The Carolina franchise has not posted a season-series win against the Devils since 1990-91 when Hartford went 2-1-0 in the teams' three-game season series. The Hurricanes franchise post a 35-42-12-1 all-time record against the Devils franchise, including a 18-18-8-0 home mark and a 17-24-4-1 road record.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
31
21
21
42
17 Brind'Amour
27
12
15
27
11 Williams
31
12
14
26
61 Stillman
30
7
19
26

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
22
2.55
14-6-1
.917
35 Nastiuk
0
0.00
0-0-0
-


Devils
GP
G
A
PTS
14 Gionta
31
18
14
32
23 Gomez
31
9
15
24
89 Mogilny
26
11
12
23
22 Kozlov
30
8
13
21

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
30 Brodeur
24
2.96
12-9-3
.897
40 Clemmensen
9
3.54
2-3-2
.883

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