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KABERLE, GERBER NAMED TO OLYMPIC SQUADS

Thursday, 12.22.2005 / 10:02 AM ET / News
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KABERLE, GERBER NAMED TO OLYMPIC SQUADS
League-leading goal scorer Eric Staal named to Canada’s reserve squad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Dec. 22, 2005

RALEIGH, NC –
The Czech Republic today announced that Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Frantisek Kaberle has been named to its roster for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. In addition, Switzerland named Hurricanes netminder Martin Gerber as one of three goaltenders on its roster. Hockey Canada announced yesterday that Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal has been named to the reserve squad for its 2006 men’s Olympic hockey team. Russia will announce its roster for the Olympics later today. All Hurricanes players will be available to the media following practice today, which starts at 11 a.m. at the RecZone on Hodges Street in Raleigh.

Kaberle, 32, leads all Hurricanes defensemen in scoring this season with 18 points (5g, 13a) in 30 games. Signed by Carolina as a free agent in July 2004, Kaberle ranks tied for 26th among NHL defensemen in scoring this season and has two game-winning goals for Carolina. The Kladno, Czech Republic, native has 129 points (25g, 104a) in 339 games in his NHL career.

Gerber, 31, is tied for fourth in the NHL in wins this season with 16. A native of Burgdorf, Switzerland, Gerber ranks tied for third in the league in shutouts (2), eighth in the league in save percentage (.915) and tied for 11th in goals-against average (2.55). Acquired by Carolina on June 18, 2004 in exchange for Tomas Malec and a third-round draft pick, Gerber is 33-29-8 (one shootout loss) in his NHL career with a 2.26 goals-against average.

Staal, 21, currently leads the NHL in goals (24) and is tied for fourth in the league in points (47). He is tied for eighth in the league in power-play goals (9) and tied for first in shorthanded goals (3). The NHL’s Offensive Player of the Month for October, Staal is the fastest player in Hurricanes franchise history to reach the 20-goal and 40-point marks, and has already surpassed Josef Vasicek’s team-leading points total from 2003-04 (45 points). Staal, Carolina’s first-round draft pick (second overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has points in 26 of the Hurricanes’ 33 games this season.

The first-place Carolina Hurricanes conclude a five-game home stand on Friday against Florida (7 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network) at the RBC Center. The Hurricanes are unbeaten on the home stand, having defeated Chicago, Columbus, New Jersey and Tampa Bay to improve their season record to 22-9-2, a franchise-best start. Individual game tickets for all Hurricanes games at the RBC Center in November, December and January can be purchased at the RBC Center box office, all TicketMaster outlets, by calling 919-834-4000 or via CarolinaHurricanes.com. For information on Hurricanes season-ticket packages and mini-season ticket plans, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES.

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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