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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Atlanta Thrashers

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Atlanta Thrashers

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Atlanta Thrashers

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center * Raleigh, NC

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Hurricanes: 24-10-4 (52 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Thrashers: 18-17-6 (42 pts.), Southeast Division, 3rd place

Wednesday's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes continue a four-game home stand on Wednesday against division rival Atlanta (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes fell 4-3 in overtime to Philadelphia on Dec. 29 to open the home stand, but rebounded with a 5-3 win against Montreal on New Year's Eve.

The Hurricanes are now 15-4-1 in 20 home games this season. Radio Network). The Hurricanes fell 4-3 in overtime to Philadelphia on Thursday to open the home stand. The Hurricanes currently post a 24-10-4 record, have earned points in 10 of the last 12 games (12/6-12/31: 8-2-2) and hold the largest lead of any NHL division leader.

With 52 points in their first 38 games, the Hurricanes are off to the best start in franchise history, eclipsing the previous first-38-games record of 46 points, accomplished in 1986-87. Their 24 wins are the most in franchise history prior to Jan. 1, eclipsing the previous pre-Jan. 1 franchise high of 20 wins set in 2001-02.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal ranked tied for second in the NHL with 26 goals and eighth with 51 points through games of Jan. 2. Staal has notched points in 29 of the Hurricanes' 38 games this season. Through games of Jan. 2, he ranked tied for third in the league with three shorthanded goals and tied for seventh in the league with 10 power-play goals.

Hurricanes Current Streaks and Milestone Watch

  • The Carolina Hurricanes are two home wins shy of 100 wins at the RBC Center
  • Left wing Cory Stillman has earned points in each of the last eight games (12/15-12/31: 3g, 10a)
  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle has earned assists and points in each of the last two games (12/29-12/31: 0g, 3a)

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
Left wing Cory Stillman has scored 10 goals and added 28 assists (38 points) to rank second on the team. He is currently on an eight-game points streak (12/15-12/31: 3g, 10a), tying his previous career-high for consecutive games with at least one point (2/26-3/16, 1999: 6g, 6a).

Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams has points 18 of the last 22 games (11/15-12/31: 11g, 15a). Williams is in his second season with the Hurricanes after being acquired from Philadelphia in exchange for defenseman Danny Markov on Jan. 20, 2004. In 70 games with Carolina, Williams has amassed 20 goals and 31 assists (51 points) along with 58 penalty minutes.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 15-4-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 9-6-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 47-of-253 (18.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 171-of-213 (80.3%)

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Glen Wesley, MCL sprain, 12/31, out 4-6 weeks, missed 0 games
  • Left wing Andrew Ladd, torn meniscus (right knee), surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 6-8 weeks, missed 12 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 23 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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
Jan. 9 Monday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
Jan. 10 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 11 Wednesday RBC Center 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 12 Thursday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
Jan. 13 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

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

Against the Thrashers
Tuesday's game marks the fourth of eight regular-season meetings in 2005-06 between the Hurricanes and the Thrashers, and the first of three January meetings between the Southeast Division rivals. Atlanta took the teams' first meeting of the season on Nov. 12 at the RBC Center, skating away with a 9-0 win and snapping Carolina's franchise-record nine-game winning streak, and seven-game home winning streak. Atlanta won against on Nov. 27, 5-2 at the RBC Center before the Hurricanes scored a 4-3 overtime win at Philips Arena on Nov. 29.

Carolina and Atlanta met six times during the 2003-04 season, with the Hurricanes taking the series 4-1-0-1 (Atlanta: 2-3-0-1). Erik Cole led the Hurricanes with six points (2g, 4a) against Atlanta in 2003-04 while Ilya Kovalchuk led the Thrashers with nine points (3g, 6a). Carolina leads the all-time regular-season series against Atlanta 19-5-4-1, and has fallen to the Thrashers just four times in 15 meetings at the RBC Center, going 10-4-1-0 on home ice and 9-1-3-1 at Philips Arena.

Hurricanes vs. Thrashers 2005-06 Schedule
Nov. 12 RBC Center L, 9-0
Nov. 27 RBC Center L, 5-2
Nov. 29 Philips Arena W, 4-3 (OT)
Jan. 4 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 26 Philips Arena 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 28 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
April 1 Philips Arena 7:00 p.m.
April 8 Philips Arena 7:00 p.m.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
38
26
25
51
61 Stillman
37
10
28
38
17 Brind'Amour
34
16
17
33
11 Williams
37
15
18
33
26 Cole
38
13
20
33

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
28
2.79
18-7-2
.908
30 Ward
15
4.01
6-3-2
.869


Thrashers
GP
G
A
PTS
17 Kovalchuk
37
25
31
56
9 Savard
41
18
36
54
18 Hossa
41
21
26
47

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
35 Garnett
23
3.44
10-7-4
.886
32 Lehtonen
4
2.41
1-1-0
.899

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45