GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Atlanta Thrashers

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Atlanta Thrashers

Carolina Hurricanes at Atlanta Thrashers

Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Philips Arena - Atlanta, GA

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Hurricanes: 34-11-4 (72 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Thrashers: 23-21-6 (52 pts.), Southeast Division, 3rd place

Tonight's Game
The Hurricanes will travel to Atlanta for a Thursday night match up against the Thrashers at Philips Arena (7 p.m., FSN South, 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)
  • Center Matt Cullen has points in each of the last five games (1/17-1/25: 4g, 2a)

Milestone Watch

  • Left wing Cory Stillman is two goals shy of 200 for his NHL career
  • Center Eric Staal is four 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 34-11-4 record, have earned points in 20 of the last 23 games (12/6-1/25: 18-3-2) and hold the largest lead of any NHL division leader. With 70 points in their first 48 games (prior to last night's win over Florida), 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: 12-7-3
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 4 games
  • Defenseman Aaron Ward, hernia, surgery 1/11, injured reserve, out 3-6 weeks, missed 7 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 34 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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 Thrashers
Thursday's game marks the fifth of eight regular-season meetings in 2005-06 between the Hurricanes and the Thrashers, and the first game of a home-and-home set between the clubs. 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 evened the season series with a 4-3 win at the RBC Center on Jan. 4 in the teams' most recent meeting.

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 20-5-4-1, and has fallen to the Thrashers just four times in 16 meetings at the RBC Center, going 11-4-1-0 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 W, 4-3
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.

Nov. 12, 2005 Atlanta 9, Hurricanes 0
The Atlanta Thrashers paid their first of four 2005-06 visits to Raleigh and scored a 9-0 win against the Hurricanes. The loss ended a franchise-best nine-game win streak for Carolina who had not lost a game in regulation since Oct. 8 prior to suffering its first shutout of the season. Ilya Kovalchuk opened up the Thrashers' offensive barrage with an even-strength goal 8:25 into the game. Scott Mellanby scored Atlanta's second goal 2:32 later, marking the end of Hurricanes goaltender Martin Gerber's night. Cam Ward replaced Gerber just past the midway point of the first period, but the Thrashers' offensive continued as the Hurricanes took a season-high 17 penalties, leading to four Atlanta power-play goals. The Thrashers' goaltending tandem of Mike Dunham and Adam Berkhoel combined to make 19 saves for a combined shutout and a win for Dunham.

Nov. 27, 2005 Atlanta 5, Hurricanes 2
The Atlanta Thrashers and Carolina Hurricanes met at the RBC Center for the second game of their eight-game season series, and Atlanta skated away with a 5-2 win. It was the first game of a home-and-home series between the clubs, and their second of three meetings in the month of November. Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals and earned two assists to lead the Thrashers and take first-star honors. Rookie netminder Michael Garnett made 27 saves on 29 Carolina shots to notch his third win of the season and receive second-star accolades. Justin Williams earned the game's third star, notching assists on each of Carolina's goals to extend his points streak to seven games (11/15-11/27: 4g, 6a). Rookie winger Andrew Ladd notched his second goal of his NHL career to get Carolina on the board in the first period and Aaron Ward scored for the first time this season when he beat Garnett with a long-range slapshot late in the second frame. Atlanta scored three times in the game's final 7:41 to seal the victory.

Nov. 29, 2005 Hurricanes 4, Atlanta 3 (OT)
The Carolina Hurricanes scored their second overtime victory of 2005-06 when former-Thrasher Frantisek Kaberle found the net behind Atlanta goaltender Michael Garnett 32 seconds into the extra frame. Center Eric Staal notched his ninth multiple-point game of the season with two goals in the second period, first tying the game 2-2 with a power-play goal and then giving Carolina a 3-2 lead with a shorthanded goal. Staal earned third star honors for his effort. Justin Williams extended his points streak to eight games (11/15-11/29: 5g, 6a) when he scored the Hurricanes' first goal 14:09 into the game to begin chipping away at Atlanta's early two-goal lead. Thrasher centerman Bobby Holik earned the game's second star, due in part to his game-tying power-play goal scored with 21 seconds remaining in the second frame. Cam Ward stopped 28 of 31 shots in the game to earn the win, his first since Nov. 3.

Jan. 4, 2005 Hurricanes 4, Atlanta 3
Carolina Hurricanes winger Cory Stillman factored on all four of the Hurricanes goals for his second four-point night of the season. Stillman scored the game-winner when he redirected a Matt Cullen point shot past Atlanta netminder Kari Lehtonen with 12:22 remaining in the third period to break a 3-3 tie. Stillman's four points extended his points streak to a career-best nine games (12/15-1/4: 5g, 12a) as he took first star honors in the game between division rivals. Atlanta sniper Ilya Kovalchuk scored two power play goals in the second period to help the Thrashers to a two-goal lead, but the Hurricanes rebounded with goals by Andrew Hutchinson and Stillman to tie the game before Stillman's game-winner. Erik Cole gave Carolina a 1-0 lead 9:08 into the game when Stillman found him breaking down the right wing. Martin Gerber earned his 19th win of the season, stopping 23 of 26 Thrashers shots. Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky recorded an assist for the second consecutive game and earned a season-high 10 penalty minutes. Winger Chad LaRose scrapped with Atlanta's Karl Stewart early in the second period and received 17 penalty mintues (2 min. instigator, 5 min. fighting, 10 min. misconduct) for the altercation.

 

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
49
31
34
65
61 Stillman
44
14
34
48
11 Williams
49
17
29
46
26 Cole
49
19
25
44

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
35
2.76
24-8-2
.908
30 Ward
19
3.58
10-3-2
.886


Thrashers
GP
G
A
PTS
17 Kovalchuk
46
35
33
68
9 Savard
50
21
43
64
18 Hossa
50
26
35
61
13 Kozlov
50
17
30
47

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
32 Lehtonen
12
2.57
6-4-0
.906
1 Dunham
9
2.79
4-4-1
.892
Carquest

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