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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders

Thursday, Jan. 19, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

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Hurricanes: 31-10-4 (66 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Islanders: 20-23-2 (42 pts.), Atlantic Division, 4th place

Thursday's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes return to the RBC Center on Thursday to face the New York Islanders (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes scored a 4-3 shootout win on Tuesday at Philadelphia to extend their winning streak to eight games. Carolina's last regulation loss came on Dec. 28 at Ottawa.

With wins against Detroit (1/10), Nashville (1/13) and St. Louis (1/15), the Hurricanes completed a perfect three-game home stand to move their home record for 2005-06 to 20-4-1, the best home mark in the NHL. Only the Vancouver Canucks (16-3-3) have fewer regulation losses than Carolina at home this season. The Hurricanes' current six-game home winning streak ranks tied for fifth-longest home winning streak in the NHL this year.

The Hurricanes' eight-game overall winning streak dates back to the team's 5-3 win against Montreal on New Year's Eve. Prior to this season, the franchise's longest winning streak was seven games, set March 16-29, 1985. Carolina eclipsed that mark with its nine-game winning streak that spanned games from Oct. 22 to Nov. 11. The current eight-game winning streak ranks tied for third longest in the NHL this season. The nine-game streak earlier this year is tied for the longest winning streak in the league this year.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • The Carolina Hurricanes have earned points in nine straight games (12/29-1/17: 8-0-1) including wins in eight straight (12/31-1/17)
  • The Carolina Hurricanes have won each of their last six games at the RBC Center (12/31-1/15)
  • Goaltender Martin Gerber has earned wins in each of his last six games (12/31-1/4, 1/7-1/13, 1/17)
  • Center Eric Staal has assists and points in each of the last four games (1/10-1/17: 3g, 5a)
  • Left wing Erik Cole has points in each of the last four games (1/10-1/17: 3g, 3a)
  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle has points in each of the last four games (1/10-1/17: 1g, 3a)
  • Right wing Justin Williams has assists and points in each of the last two games (1/13-1/15: 0g, 3a)

Milestone Watch

  • Left wing Cory Stillman is two goals shy of 200 for his NHL career

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
Overall, the Hurricanes post a 31-10-4 record, have earned points in 17 of the last 19 games (12/6-1/17: 15-2-2) and hold the largest lead of any NHL division leader. With 66 points in their first 45 games, the Hurricanes have enjoyed their best first-45 games in franchise history, eclipsing the 50-point, 45-game start by the 2001-02 squad.

On Jan. 16 the NHL named Hurricanes center Eric Staal its Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Staal scored his second career hat trick and third four-point night of the season in Carolina's 4-2 win against St. Louis on Jan. 15, had two assists against Detroit on Jan. 10 and an assist against Nashville on Jan. 13 to complete the week with seven points and a plus-3 rating. Through games of Jan. 17, Staal ranked tied for fourth in the NHL with 29 goals and tied for sixth with 60 points. Staal has notched points in 34 of the Hurricanes' 45 games this season. Through games of Jan. 17, he ranked tied for third in the league with three shorthanded goals and tied for seventh in the league with 12 power-play goals.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 20-4-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 11-6-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 58-of-301 (19.3%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 199-of-248 (80.2%)

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Mike Commodore, lower leg contusion, day-to-day, missed 2 games
  • Defenseman Aaron Ward, hernia, surgery 1/11, injured reserve, out 3-6 weeks, missed 3 games
  • Defenseman Glen Wesley, MCL sprain (right knee), 12/31, out 4-6 weeks, missed 7 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 30 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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 Islanders
Tonight marks the final of four match ups between the Hurricanes and Islanders this season. Carolina took both ends of the teams' back-to-back, home-and-home set earlier this month, 4-1 at the RBC Center on Jan. 6 and 3-0 at Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 7. The Islanders took the teams' first meeting this season 3-2 on Oct. 8 at Nassau Coliseum.

The teams met four times during the 2003-04 season and the season series was tied 2-2-0. Islanders forward Trent Hunter led all scorers in the 2003-04 season series with five points (2g, 3a). Josef Vasicek led the Hurricanes with four points (1g, 3a). The Hurricanes post a 43-38-9-2 all-time record against the Islanders, including a 22-18-5-1 home mark and a 21-20-4-1 record at Nassau Coliseum.

Hurricanes vs. Islanders 2005-06 Schedule
Oct. 8 Nassau Coliseum L, 3-2
Jan. 6 RBC Center W, 4-1
Jan. 7 Nassau Coliseum W, 3-0
Jan. 19 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 8, 2005
NY Islanders 3, Hurricanes 2

Second-year centerman Eric Staal scored twice but his two goals were not enough to help Carolina past the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. After Carolina took an early lead on Staal's first goal, the Islanders responded in the second frame when Jason Blake scored during an Islanders power play. Miroslav Satan used his first goal as an Islander to give New York a 2-1 lead early in the third period, and Shawn Bates scored a shorthanded goal with 12:54 remaining to put the Islanders ahead 3-1. Staal scored an extra-attacker goal with 1:01 remaining, but the Hurricanes could not beat Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro a third time to level the score. Rookie netminder Cam Ward stopped 32 of 35 shots for Carolina, but suffered his first NHL loss. Hurricanes winger Niklas Nordgren earned his first NHL assist/point on Staal's second goal, and defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky scored his first points with Carolina, earning assists on both goals.

Jan. 6, 2005
Hurricanes 4, NY Islanders 1

The Carolina Hurricanes earned their 100th regular-season home win at the RBC Center with a 4-1 victory against the New York Islanders. Winger Ray Whitney earned a pair of assists to earn first-star honors. Cory Stillman notched a 5-on-3 power-play goal to extend his career-best points streak to 10 games (12/15-1/6: 6g, 12a). Defenseman Bret Hedican was honored for his superb defensive effort by being named the game's third star. Captain Rod Brind'Amour notched his 12th power-play goal of the season, and center Kevyn Adams notched his seventh marker this year. Goaltender Cam Ward earned his first win since Nov. 29, stopping 28 of 29 Islanders shots and was named second star of the game. Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle earned two assists to run his assists and points streaks to four games (12/29-1/6: 0g, 6a) as the Hurricanes moved to 17-4-1 at home.

Jan. 7, 2005
Hurricanes 3, NY Islanders 0

Hurricanes netminder Martin Gerber earned first-star honors with his third shutout of the season and his third win in his last three starts as Carolina scored a 3-0 victory at Nassau Coliseum against the New York Islanders. Cory Stillman extended his career-best points streak to 11 games (12/15-1/7: 7g, 12a) and his goal-scoring streak to five games (12/29-1/7: 6g, 3a). Rod Brind'Amour notched his 13th power-play goal of the season and extended his points streak to four games (12/31-1/7: 4g, 1a) while earning second-star honors. Right wing Justin Williams earned the lone assist on Brind'Amour's power-play goal and the second assist on Stillman's goal to be named third star. Left Wing Ray Whitney also found the net for Carolina. The win completed a sweep of the back-to-back, home-and-home series against the Islanders after the Hurricanes scored a 4-1 at the RBC Center on Jan. 6.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
45
29
31
60
61 Stillman
44
14
34
48
26 Cole
45
17
23
40
11 Williams
45
16
24
40

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
33
2.72
23-7-2
.909
30 Ward
17
3.66
8-3-2
.880


Islanders
GP
G
A
PTS
79 Yashin
45
16
24
40
81 Satan
45
17
15
32
55 Blake
40
17
15
32
16 York
45
9
23
32

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
39 DiPietro
34
3.40
15-13-2
.891
34 Dubielewicz
5
3.35
1-3-0
.898

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 6 5 1 0 20 20 10
2 NYI 5 4 1 0 20 15 8
3 OTT 5 4 1 0 14 10 8
4 WSH 5 3 0 2 18 11 8
5 TBL 5 3 1 1 17 10 7
6 DET 5 3 1 1 11 8 7
7 PIT 4 3 1 0 16 10 6
8 CBJ 5 3 2 0 15 12 6
9 NJD 5 3 2 0 17 16 6
10 NYR 6 3 3 0 17 20 6
11 BOS 7 3 4 0 15 17 6
12 TOR 6 2 3 1 15 19 5
13 PHI 5 1 2 2 17 21 4
14 FLA 5 1 2 2 5 11 4
15 CAR 4 0 2 2 10 15 2
16 BUF 6 1 5 0 8 22 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tlusty 4 3 1 0 4
C. Terry 4 3 1 4 4
R. Nash 4 1 2 3 3
E. Staal 2 1 1 -2 2
Z. Boychuk 2 1 1 3 2
A. Semin 4 0 2 -2 2
A. Sekera 3 0 2 -2 2
N. Gerbe 4 1 0 -2 1
J. McClement 4 0 1 -1 1
J. Harrison 4 0 1 -1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 0 1 1 .923 2.44
C. Ward 0 1 1 .846 3.87