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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers

Wednesday, 01.25.2006 / 9:35 AM / News
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers

Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, FL

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Hurricanes: 33-11-4 (70 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Panthers: 19-24-7 (45 pts.), Southeast Division, 4th place

Back-to-Back Set
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes head south for the first game of a back-to-back road set on Wednesday at BankAtlantic Center against the Florida Panthers (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). Following Wednesday's game, the Hurricanes will travel to Atlanta for a Thursday night match up against the Thrashers at Philips Arena (7 p.m., FSN Sourth, Hurricanes Radio Network), the first game in a home-and-home series between Carolina and Atlanta.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • The Carolina Hurricanes have won each of their last eight games at the RBC Center (12/31-1/23)
  • Left wing Erik Cole has points in each of the last seven games (1/10-1/23: 5g, 5a) and goals in two straight (1/21-1/23: 2g, 1a)
  • Center Matt Cullen has points in each of the last four games (1/17-1/23: 3g, 1a)
  • Right wing Justin Williams has assists and points in each of the last three games (1/19-1/23: 1g, 5a)

Milestone Watch

  • Left wing Cory Stillman is two goals shy of 200 for his NHL career Center Eric Staal is five points shy of 100 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
With a 7-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, the Hurricanes extended their home wining streak to a franchise-best eight games (12/31-1/23). Carolina posts the best home record in the NHL at 22-4-1 and, through games of Jan. 23, ranked tied with the Ottawa Senators for first overall in the Eastern Conference and the NHL with 70 points.

Overall, the Hurricanes post a 33-11-4 record, have earned points in 19 of the last 22 games (12/6-1/23: 17-3-2) and hold the largest lead of any NHL division leader. With 70 points in their first 48 games, the Hurricanes have enjoyed their best first-48 games in franchise history, eclipsing the 54-point, 48-game mark recorded by the 1986-87 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. 23, Staal ranked tied for fourth in the NHL with 31 goals and sixth with 64 points. Staal has notched points in 36 of the Hurricanes' 48 games this season. Through games of Jan. 23, he ranked tied for fourth in the league with three shorthanded goals and tied for sixth in the league with 13 power-play goals.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 22-4-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 11-7-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 61-of-318 (19.2%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 215-of-267 (80.5%)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Cory Stillman, torso injury, day-to-day, missed 3 games
  • Defenseman Aaron Ward, hernia, surgery 1/11, injured reserve, out 3-6 weeks, missed 6 games
  • Defenseman Glen Wesley, MCL sprain (right knee), 12/31, out 4-6 weeks, missed 10 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 33 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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.
Feb. 1 Wednesday Denis Savard Arena 1:15 p.m.
Feb. 2 Thursday Bell Centre 11:00 a.m.
Feb. 3 Friday Continental Airlines Arena 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 4 Saturday TBD in Boston
Feb. 5 Sunday none

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

Against the Panthers
The Hurricanes and Panthers meet for the fourth time this season. In the team's first two meetings this season, Carolina netminder Martin Gerber scored shutout victories, 2-0 at the RBC Center on Nov. 5, and 1-0 at the BankAtlantic Center on Nov. 11.

The Hurricanes scored a 4-3 win at the RBC Center on Dec. 23 in the teams' last meeting. The Southeast Division rivals will meet next on March 3 in Raleigh, the first of four games between the teams in March. The teams skated to a 2-2-2-0 season series tie in 2003-04. Erik Cole (2g, 4a) and Josef Vasicek (2g, 4a) led the way for Carolina in 2003-04 while Olli Jokinen (1g, 7a) paced the Panthers. The Hurricanes post a 23-19-11-1 all-time record against Florida, including a 15-9-3-0 home mark and an 8-10-8-1 record in South Florida.

Hurricanes vs. Panthers 2005-06 Schedule
Nov. 5 RBC Center W, 2-0
Nov. 11 BankAtlantic Center W, 1-0
Dec. 23 RBC Center W, 4-3
Jan. 25 BankAtlantic Center 7 p.m.
March 3 RBC Center 7 p.m.
March 10 BankAtlantic Center 7:30 p.m.
March 11 BankAtlantic Center 7:30 p.m.
March 31 RBC Center 7 p.m.

Nov. 11, 2005
Hurricanes 1, Florida 0

Hurricanes netminder Martin Gerber used his second individual shutout of the season to propel the Hurricanes to a franchise-best ninth consecutive win at Florida's BankAtlantic Center. Gerber stopped all 26 of Florida's shots in the contest to earn the game's third star. Eric Staal scored his 12th goal of the season on a second-period power play and was named the game's first star. Erik Cole set up Staal's goal to extend his assists streak to four games. Cole also became just the second player in NHL history to have penalty shots in two consecutive games when he was awarded a penalty shot in the first period. Ray Whitney earned the second assist on Staal's goal for his 14th point of the season and defenseman Danny Richmond made his NHL debut, skating 7:11.

Nov. 5, 2005
Hurricanes 2, Florida 0

Hurricanes netminder Martin Gerber turned aside each of the Florida Panthers' 27 shots on goal to earn his first individual shutout of 2005-06 and the game's first star. Carolina and Florida skated through two-and-a-half scoreless periods before captain Rod Brind'Amour found the net behind Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo at the 11:29 mark of the third period during a Hurricanes power play. Defenseman Niclas Wallin added an insurance goal with 5:25 remaining in the game when he one-timed Eric Staal's cross-slot pass past Luongo. The assist on Wallin's goal extended Staal's assists streak to three games (10/29-11/5: 2g, 6a) and his points streak to eight games (10/20-11/5: 6g, 12a). Defenseman Aaron Ward was named the game's third star with a stellar defensive effort, including two hits and four blocked shots.

Dec. 23, 2005
Hurricanes 4, Florida 3

The Hurricanes finished off a five-game home stand with a 4-3 win against Florida, making the home stand the best five-game home stand in franchise history by winning all five contests. Matt Cullen scored his 11th goal of the season and earned first-star honors. Eric Staal beat Roberto Luongo on a breakaway and earned the primary assist on Rod Brind'Amour's power-play game-winner to earn second-star honors. Justin Williams found the net in the third period to give him points in 16 of the last 18 games (11/15-12/23: 10g, 14a), including each of the last five games (12/13-12/23: 2g, 6a). Florida was assessed with 17 penalties, resulting in 15 power plays for Carolina, breaking the previous Hurricanes (since 1997-98) mark of 13 power-play opportunities in a game (3 times, last: Dec. 16, 2001 at Pittsburgh). Martin Gerber stopped 22 of 25 shots for his fifth consecutive victory and picked up an assist on Brind'Amour's game-winner.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
48
31
33
64
61 Stillman
44
14
34
48
11 Williams
48
17
29
46
26 Cole
48
19
25
44

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
33
2.76
23-8-2
.907
30 Ward
19
3.58
10-3-2
.886


Panthers
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Jokinen
50
23
28
51
40 Horton
40
18
12
30
10 Roberts
44
11
17
28
25 Nieuwendyk
33
12
12
24

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
1 Luongo
47
3.03
19-20-7
.914
29 McLellan
11
3.09
0-4-0
.891

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