GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia Flyers

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia Flyers

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Thursday, Dec. 29, 7 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.
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Hurricanes: 23-10-3 (49 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Flyers: 23-8-5 (51 pts.), Atlantic Division, 1st place

Thursday's Game
Thursday's game marks the second game of a back-to-back set for the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes, as the Hurricanes will return to Raleigh on Thursday to face Philadelphia (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network).

The Hurricanes currently post a 23-10-3 record, including wins in seven of the last 10 games (12/6-12/26: 7-1-1), and hold the largest lead of any NHL division leader with an eight-point edge over Tampa Bay. With 49 points in their first 35 games, the Hurricanes are off to the best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-35-games record of 44 points, accomplished in 1986-87. The team is currently on pace for a 115-point season.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal led the league lead in goals (26) and ranked tied for third in the league with 51 points through games of Dec. 26. Staal has notched points in 28 of the Hurricanes' 35 games this season. Through games of Dec. 26, he ranked tied for first in the league with three shorthanded goals and tied for fourth in the league with 10 power-play goals.

Hurricanes Current Streaks and Milestone Watch

  • Center Kevyn Adams is one games shy of 400 games for his NHL career
  • Left wing Cory Stillman has earned points in each of the last six games (12/15-12/28: 1g, 9a)
  • Left wing Erik Cole has earned assists and points in each of the last four games (12/17-12/28: 4g, 4a)

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
The Carolina Hurricanes are 14-4-0 at home this season after downing the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Dec. 23. Eric Staal currently leads the Hurricanes with 26 points (15g, 11a) in Carolina's 18 home games this season. The Hurricanes have outscored opponents 68-58 at home this season. The Hurricanes' power play is 19-for-132 (14.4%) at home while the penalty kill has been successful in 83 of 106 (78.3%) shorthanded situations.

Carolina concludes its sixth back-to-back set of games this season Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers at the RBC Center. Carolina currently posts a 4-6-1 record in back-to-back games, including a 3-2-1 record in the first games of those sets and a 1-4-0 record in the second games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 14-4-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 9-6-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 44-of-239 (18.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 164-of-206 (79.6%)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Andrew Ladd, torn meniscus (right knee), surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 6-8 weeks, missed 9 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 20 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
Dec. 29 Thursday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 30 Friday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
Dec. 31 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 1 Sunday none
Jan. 2 Monday RBC Center 4:00 p.m.
Jan. 3 Tuesday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
Jan. 4 Wednesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 5 Thursday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
Jan. 6 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 7 Saturday Nassau Coliseum 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 8 Sunday none

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

Against the Flyers
Thursday marks the second of four regular-season meetings between Carolina and Philadelphia and the Flyers' second of two visits to Raleigh this season. The teams last met on Oct. 28 at the RBC Center, a 14-goal affair that saw the Hurricanes emerge with an 8-6 victory. The Flyers won the 2003-04 season series against the Hurricanes 2-0-2-0.

Niclas Wallin (3g, 0a), Erik Cole (0g, 3a) and Rod Brind'Amour (0g, 3a) led Carolina in the 2003-04 season series against the Flyers with three points each. Simon Gagne (2g, 1a), Tony Amonte (1g, 2a) and mark Recchi (1g, 2a) paced Philadelphia with three points each in the four-game season series. The Carolina franchise posts a 23-48-14-3 all-time record against the Flyers, going 14-21-9-1 at home and 9-27-5-2 in Philadelphia.

Hurricanes vs. Flyers 2005-06 Schedule
Oct. 28 RBC Center W, 8-6
Dec. 29 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 17 Wachovia Center 7:00 p.m.
March 8 Wachovia Center 7:00 p.m.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
36
26
25
51
61 Stillman
35
8
27
35
11 Williams
36
15
17
32

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
26
2.79
17-7-2
.909
30 Ward
14
4.02
6-3-1
.865


Flyers
GP
G
A
PTS
21 Forsberg
30
12
39
51
12 Gagne
31
26
16
42
22 Knuble
36
19
13
32

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
42 Esche
18
3.14
11-4-2
.890
30 Niittymaki
19
2.80
12-4-3
.902
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