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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators

Friday, 01.13.2006 / 10:15 AM / News
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators

Friday, Jan. 13, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

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Hurricanes: 28-10-4 (60 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Predators: 27-12-4 (58 pts.), Central Division, 2nd place

Tomorrow's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes continue a three-game home stand on Friday against the Nashville Predators (7 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network). Carolina took the first game of the home stand on Tuesday, a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings. The Hurricanes' home stand wraps up with a Sunday matinee against the St. Louis Blues (1:30 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network) as the team holds its Military Appreciation Day.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • The Carolina Hurricanes have earned points in six straight games (12/29-1/10: 5-0-1) including wins in five straight (12/31-1/10: 5-0-0)
  • Goaltender Martin Gerber has earned wins in each of his last four games (12/31-1/4, 1/7-1/10)
  • Left wing Ray Whitney has points in each of the last three games (1/6-1/10: 2g, 2a) and goals in the last two (1/7-1/10: 2g, 0a)
  • Center Matt Cullen has earned points in each of the last two games (1/7-1/10: 1g, 1a)

Milestone Watch

  • Right wing Justin Williams played in his 300th NHL game, Jan. 10 vs. Detroit
  • Left wing Cory Stillman is two goals shy of 200 for his NHL career

Television: none
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 Hurricanes wrapped a four-game home stand on Jan. 6 with a 4-1 win against the New York Islanders and have now earned points in each of their last 10 home games (12/13-1/10: 9-0-1) helping them to a 18-4-1 home record, the best home record in the NHL. Carolina's last regulation loss at the RBC Center occurred on Nov. 29, a 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers. Overall, the Hurricanes post a 28-10-4 record, have earned points in 14 of the last 16 games (12/6-1/10: 12-2-2) and hold the largest lead of any NHL division leader. With 60 points in their first 42 games, the Hurricanes enjoyed their best first-42 games in franchise history, eclipsing the 48-point, 42-game start by the 2001-02 squad.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal ranked tied for sixth in the NHL with 26 goals and ninth with 54 points through games of Jan. 11. Staal has notched points in 31 of the Hurricanes' 42 games this season. Through games of Jan. 11, he ranked tied for third in the league with three shorthanded goals and tied for 11th in the league with 10 power-play goals.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 18-4-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-6-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 54-of-278 (19.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 189-of-234 (80.8%)

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Aaron Ward, hernia, surgery 1/11, out 3-6 weeks
  • Defenseman Glen Wesley, MCL sprain (right knee), 12/31, out 4-6 weeks, missed 4 games
  • Left wing Andrew Ladd, torn meniscus (right knee), surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 6-8 weeks, missed 16 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 27 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
Jan. 13 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 14 Saturday RecZone 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 15 Sunday none
Jan. 16 Monday RecZone 11;00 a.m.
Jan. 17 Tuesday Wachovia Center 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 18 Wednesday RBC Center 12:00 p.m.
Jan. 19 Thursday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 20 Friday RBC Center 10:00 a.m.
Jan. 21 Saturday none
Jan. 22 Sunday RBC Center 12:00 p.m.
Jan. 23 Monday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 24 Tuesday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
Jan. 25 Wednesday BankAtlantic Center 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 26 Thursday Philips Arena 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 27 Friday RecZone 12:00 p.m.

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

Against the Predators
Friday marks the lone 2005-06 meeting between the Hurricanes and the Predators. The teams last met on Dec. 3, 2003, a 2-1 Nashville overtime win at the RBC Center. Scott Hartnell (1g, 1a) and David Legwand (1g, 1a) led the Predators that night with two points each, while Ron Francis scored Carolina's lone goal with assists to Jeff O'Neill and Josef Vasicek. The Hurricanes post a 3-4-1-1 all-time record against the Predators, with a 2-1-1-1 home record and a 1-3-0-0 record in Nashville.

Hurricanes vs. Predators 2005-06 Schedule
Jan. 13 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
42
26
28
54
61 Stillman
41
14
30
44
11 Williams
42
16
21
37

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
31
2.68
21-7-2
.912
30 Ward
16
3.79
7-3-2
.876


Nashville
GP
G
A
PTS
26 Sullivan
39
21
19
40
9 Kariya
43
13
26
39
94 Perreault
43
17
14
31

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Vokoun
33
2.56
21-9-3
.918
30 Mason
10
2.95
5-2-1
.907

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