GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Saturday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
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Hurricanes: 21-9-2 (44 pts.)
Lightning: 18-12-3 (39 pts.)

Tuesday's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes continue their five-game home stand on Tuesday (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network) against defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay. The Hurricanes currently hold a five-point lead in the Southeast Division standings over the second-place Lightning. Carolina will entertain Southeast Division rival Florida on Friday (7 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network) to round out the five-game home stand. The Hurricanes scored victories in each of the home stand's first three games, knocking off Chicago (12/13: 5-3), Columbus (12/15: 2-1) and New Jersey (12/17: 4-1) to run their home record to 12-4-0 this season, the third-best home record in the Eastern Conference.

Tuesday's game is the final game in the Hurricanes' "Holiday Hug" program, where fans making a donation to charity will receive a voucher to purchase two lower-level or club-level tickets for the price of one. Fans donating new or gently-worn and laundered winter hats, scarves and gloves to the Goodwill Community Foundation on Tuesday at the RBC Center box office can take advantage of the two-for-one offer.

The Hurricanes currently post a 21-9-2 record, including wins in five of the last six games (12/6-12/17: 5-1-0). With 44 points in their first 32 games, the Hurricanes are off to the best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-32-games record of 41 points, accomplished in 1986-87. The team is currently on pace for a 113-point season.

Milestone Watch

  • Right wing Justin Williams earned his 100th NHL assist, Dec. 17 vs. New Jersey.

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 ranked tied for eighth in the league with 44 points through games of Dec. 18. Staal has notched points in 25 of the Hurricanes' 32 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 22 goals and tied for first in the league with three shorthanded goals through games of Dec. 18.

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 has posted points in 14 of the last 16 games (11/15-12/17: 8g, 12a).

The Hurricanes are 12-4-0 at home this season after downing the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Saturday. Eric Staal currently leads the Hurricanes with 21 points (12g, 9a) in Carolina's 16 home games this season. The Hurricanes have outscored opponents 58-51 at home this season.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-4-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 9-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 37-of-200 (18.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 143-of-180 (79.4%)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Andrew Ladd, torn meniscus (right knee), surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 6-8 weeks, missed 6 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 17 games
  • Defenseman Niclas Wallin, wrist, injured reserve, missed 18 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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.
Dec. 27 Tuesday SP Times Forum 10:00 a.m.
Dec. 28 Wednesday Corel Centre 11:30 p.m.
Dec. 29 Thursday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 30 Friday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
Dec. 31 Saturday RecZone 10:30 a.m.

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

Against the Lightning
The Hurricanes and Lightning meet for the third time this season and the second of four meetings at the RBC Center this season. The Lightning took the teams' first meeting 5-2, on opening night in Tampa, and scored another 5-2 win at the RBC Center on Nov. 20. The teams met twice during the 2005 exhibition season, with the Hurricanes winning each contest (9/22: 5-2 at CAR; 9/30: 6-2 at TB).

Carolina and Tampa Bay met six times during the 2003-04 season, with the Lightning posting a 3-1-2-0 victory in the season series. Sean Hill led the Hurricanes with two goals and four assists (6 points) in the season series, and now-Hurricane Cory Stillman paced the Lightning with two goals and five assists (7 points). The Hurricanes post a 24-20-10-1 all-time record against Tampa Bay, with a 15-5-7-1 home mark and a 9-15-3-0 mark in Tampa.

Hurricanes vs. Lightning 2005-06 Schedule
Oct. 5 St. Pete Times Forum L, 5-2
Nov. 20 RBC Center L, 5-2
Dec. 20 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 26 St. Pete Times Forum 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 9 St. Pete Times Forum 7:30 p.m.
March 27 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
April 14 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
April 15 St. Pete Times Forum 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 5, 2005
Tampa Bay 5, Hurricanes 2
The Hurricanes opened the 2005-06 season against defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay at St. Pete Times Forum on Oct. 5. Lightning center Vaclav Prospal scored the game's first goal and the first of three for Tampa Bay in the opening frame. Radim Vrbata notched the Hurricanes' first goal of the season to make it 1-1 before Brad Richards and Dan Boyle found the net for the Lightning. Eric Staal scored his first goal of the season to make it 3-2 just 54 seconds into the second frame, but Vincent Lecavalier answered 12:59 later and Tim Taylor scored a third period marker to seal the win for Tampa Bay. Martin Gerber started his first game for Carolina and stopped 15 of 19 shots he faced in the game's first 40 minutes before leaving the game with a hip injury. Cam Ward made his NHL debut in relief of Gerber and stopped 10 of 11 shots in the game's final period. John Grahame earned the victory between for Tampa Bay, stopping 24 of the Hurricanes' 26 shots on goal.

Nov. 20, 2005
Tampa Bay 5, Hurricanes 2
The defending Stanley Cup champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning, scored a 5-2 victory at the RBC Center in the teams' second of eight regular-season meetings. Fredrik Modin led the way for the Lightning with a goal and two assists, while Brad Richards (1g, 1a), Vincent Lecavalier (1g, 1a), Paul Ranger (0g, 2a) and Dan Boyle (0g, 2a) each had two-point nights. Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams scored both of Carolina's goals and extended his points streak to four games (11/15-11/20: 4g, 2a) and his goal-scoring streak to three games (11/17-11/20: 4g, 1a). Williams' second goal came on a penalty shot that he was awarded during a Tampa Bay second-period power play after being hauled down by Boyle on a breakaway. It was Williams' second shorthanded goal in the last three games and the Hurricanes' third shorthanded goal of the season. Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle earned an assist on Williams' first goal, the 100th helper of his NHL career. Carolina right wing Radim Vrbata logged 14:58 of ice time and posted an even plus/minus rating in his 100th Hurricanes game.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
32
22
22
44
61 Stillman
31
7
22
29
17 Brind'Amour
28
13
15
28
11 Williams
32
12
15
27

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
23
2.48
15-6-1
.918
30 Ward
13
4.05
6-3-1
.865


Lightning
GP
G
A
PTS
20 Prospal
33
14
23
37
19 Richards
33
11
25
36
4 Lecavalier
33
14
20
34
22 Boyle
33
9
18
27

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
47 Grahame
26
2.86
14-10-1
.890
1 Burke
9
2.55
4-1-2
.897
Carquest

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