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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens

Friday, 01.13.2006 / 10:16 AM ET / News
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens

Saturday, Dec. 31, 8:00 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
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Hurricanes: 23-10-4 (50 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Canadiens: 18-11-6 (42 pts.), Northeast Division, 4th place*

* All Canadiens statistics prior to their game at Florida Dec. 30

Saturday's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes continue a four-game home stand with a New Year's Eve match up against the Montreal Canadiens (8 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes fell 4-3 in overtime to Philadelphia on Thursday to open the home stand.

The Hurricanes currently post a 23-10-4 record, have earned points in nine of the last 11 games (12/6-12/29: 7-2-2) and hold the largest lead of any NHL division leader. With 50 points in their first 37 games, the Hurricanes are off to the best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-37-games record of 44 points, accomplished in 1986-87.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal ranked second in the NHL with 26 goals and tied for fifth with 51 points through games of Dec. 29.. Staal has notched points in 28 of the Hurricanes' 37 games this season. Through games of Dec. 29, he ranked tied for second in the league with three shorthanded goals and tied for sixth in the league with 10 power-play goals.

Following Saturday's game, all fans are invited to enjoy a New Year's Eve celebration on the second level of the RBC Center at the newly-renovated Ledge Lounge. The band Brickhouse will entertain fans and there will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Beginning at or just after midnight, a breakfast buffet will be available for $8 and music and dancing will continue until 1 a.m.

Hurricanes Current Streaks and Milestone Watch

  • Hurricanes center Kevyn Adams played his 400th NHL game on Dec. 29 vs. Philadelphia
  • Left wing Cory Stillman has earned points in each of the last seven games (12/15-12/29: 2g, 9a)
  • Defenseman Bret Hedican has earned assists and points in each of the last two games (12/28-12/29: 0g, 2a)

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 will play their fourth New Year's Eve home game since moving into the RBC Center. The Hurricanes are 1-2-0 in New Year's Eve games at the RBC Center, having scored a 2-1 win against Chicago on Dec. 31, 2000, when now-Carolina assistant coach Jeff Daniels scored the game-tying goal before winger Bates Battaglia iced his hometown team to seal the win.

The Hurricanes' lost their 2002-03 New Year's Eve match up to the New York Rangers 2-0, and fell on New Year's Eve 2003-04 to Anaheim, 3-1. The Hurricanes have averaged 15,069 fans in their three previous New Year's Eve games at the RBC Center.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 14-4-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 9-6-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 46-of-246 (18.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 168-of-210 (80.0%)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Andrew Ladd, torn meniscus (right knee), surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 6-8 weeks, missed 11 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 22 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
Dec. 31 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 1 Sunday none
Jan. 2 Monday RBC Center 4:00 p.m. - Closed Practice
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 Canadiens
The Hurricanes and Canadiens meet for the first time this season, and the first of three match ups in one month's time. The teams last met on Feb. 28, 2004, a 1-0 overtime victory for Montreal at the Bell Centre. The overtime win gave the Canadiens a 2-0-1-1 record and a win in the 2003-04 season series with the Hurricanes.

Former Carolina defensemen Sean Hill (2g, 0a) and Danny Markov (1g, 1a) led the Hurricanes with two points each in the 2003-04 season series against Montreal. The Candiens were paced by Michael Ryder (1g, 3a) who notched four points in the four-game season series. The Hurricanes post a 47-85-20-1 all-time record against Montreal, including a 29-36-12-1 home mark and a 18-49-7-1 road record.

Hurricanes vs. Canadiens 2005-06 Schedule
Dec. 31 RBC Center 8:00 p.m.
Jan. 23 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 31 Bell Centre 7:30 p.m.
March 16 Bell Centre 7:30 p.m.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
37
26
25
51
61 Stillman
36
9
27
36
11 Williams
37
15
17
32

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
26
2.79
17-7-2
.909
30 Ward
15
4.01
6-3-2
.869


Canadiens
GP
G
A
PTS
11 Koivu
26
8
19
27
73 Ryder
35
16
10
26
71 Ribiero
35
7
18
25

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
60 Theodore
27
3.06
14-7-5
.892
39 Huet
4
3.67
1-2-1
.888

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