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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens

Monday, Jan. 23, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

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Hurricanes: 32-11-4 (68 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Canadiens: 21-18-6 (48 pts.), Northeast Division, 4th place

Monday's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes return to the RBC Center for a Monday night match up with the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes had their second nine-game winning streak of the season snapped on Saturday with a 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals at MCI Center. The franchise's longest winning streak prior to this season was seven games, set March 16-29, 1985. Carolina's last regulation loss came on Dec. 28 at Ottawa.

With a 4-3 win against the New York Islanders on Thursday, Carolina moved its NHL-leading home record for 2005-06 to 21-4-1. Only the Vancouver Canucks (18-3-3) have fewer regulation losses than the Hurricanes at home this season. Carolina's current seven-game home winning streak ranks tied for third-longest home winning streak in the NHL this year.

Overall, the Hurricanes post a 32-11-4 record, have earned points in 18 of the last 21 games (12/6-1/21: 16-3-2) and hold the largest lead of any NHL division leader. With 68 points in their first 47 games, the Hurricanes have enjoyed their best first-47 games in franchise history, eclipsing the 52-point, 47-game marks recorded by the 1986-87 and 2001-02 squads.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • The Carolina Hurricanes have won each of their last seven games at the RBC Center (12/31-1/19)
  • Left wing Erik Cole has points in each of the last six games (1/10-1/21: 4g, 4a)
  • Center Matt Cullen has points in each of the last three games (1/17-1/21: 2g, 1a)
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour has points in each of the last two games (1/19-1/21: 1g, 2a)
  • Right wing Justin Williams has assists and points in each of the last two games (1/19-1/21: 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
After becoming to first player in NHL history to take two penalty shots in the same game on Nov. 9 at Buffalo, Hurricanes left wing Erik Cole became just the second player in league history to be awarded penalty shots in consecutive games when he was hauled down on a first-period breakaway at Florida on Nov. 11. Cole's accomplishment matched only that of Los Angeles Kings winger Esa Pirnes who was the first player in NHL history to take penalty shots in consecutive games when he did so on Oct. 10 and Oct. 12, 2003. Cole was awarded his fourth penalty shot (t-1st NHL, Steve Sullivan) of the season during a shorthanded situation on Jan. 21 at Washington and beat Olie Kolzig.

Cole currently ranks fourth among Hurricanes skaters with 42 points (18g, 24a). He is currently on a career-best six-game points streak (1/10-1/21: 4g, 4a). His had his career longest assists streak during his first five-game points streak (12/17-12/26: 3g, 4a). The Oswego, NY, native has notched 12 multi-point games this season, including three-point outings on Nov. 3 at Toronto (1g, 2a) and Nov. 9 at Buffalo (1g, 2a), and a two-goal night at Los Angeles on Dec. 8. The Hurricanes drafted Cole in the third round, 71st overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. The 27-year-old is in his fourth NHL season and has scored 66 goals, earned 85 assists and accumulated 248 penalty minutes in 261 regular-season games.

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. 21, Staal ranked fifth in the NHL with 30 goals and eighth with 61 points. Staal has notched points in 35 of the Hurricanes' 47 games this season. Through games of Jan. 21, he ranked tied for fourth in the league with three shorthanded goals and tied for seventh in the league with 12 power-play goals.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 21-4-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 11-7-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 59-of-312 (18.9%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 211-of-262 (80.5%)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Cory Stillman, torso injury, day-to-day, missed 2 games
  • Defenseman Aaron Ward, hernia, surgery 1/11, injured reserve, out 3-6 weeks, missed 5 games
  • Defenseman Glen Wesley, MCL sprain (right knee), 12/31, out 4-6 weeks, missed 9 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 32 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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.
Jan. 28 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 29 Sunday none
Jan. 30 Monday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
Jan. 31 Tuesday Bell Centre 11:30 a.m.

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

Against the Canadiens
The Hurricanes and Canadiens meet for the second time this season, and the second of three match ups in one month's time. The teams first met on Dec. 31 at the RBC Center, a 5-3 Hurricanes win.

The Canadiens took the 2003-04 season series between the teams with a 2-0-1-1 record. 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 48-85-20-1 all-time record against Montreal, including a 30-36-12-1 home mark and a 18-49-7-1 road record.

Hurricanes vs. Canadiens 2005-06 Schedule
Dec. 31 RBC Center W, 5-3
Jan. 23 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 31 Bell Centre 7:30 p.m.
March 16 Bell Centre 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 31, 2005
Hurricanes 5, Canadiens 3

Captain Rod Brind'Amour notched the game-winning-goal, his second marker of the game, with 1:52 remaining to cap an eight-goal game between the Hurricanes and Canadiens on New Year's Eve at the RBC Center. Goaltender Martin Gerber made 24 saves, including stops against Saku Koivu and Michael Ryder on third-period breakaways, and stopping Ryder on a penalty shot with 3:29 remaining in regulation. Carolina winger Erik Cole notched his 13th goal of the season, and had the primary assist on Brind'Amour's game-winner to earn second-star honors. Cory Stillman extended his points streak to eight games (12/15-12/31: 3g, 10a) with a goal and an assist, Craig Adams earned two assists and Aaron Ward scored an empty-net goal to cap the Hurricanes' scoring.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
47
30
31
61
61 Stillman
44
14
34
48
11 Williams
47
16
27
43
26 Cole
47
18
24
42

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
33
2.76
23-8-2
.907
30 Ward
18
3.62
9-3-2
.884


Canadiens
GP
G
A
PTS
11 Koivu
35
12
23
35
73 Ryder
45
20
12
32
71 Ribeiro
43
10
21
31
27 Kovalev
32
10
21
31

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
35 Theodore
35
3.27
16-13-5
.888
37 Huet
7
2.77
2-3-1
.918

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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