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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens

Tuesday, 01.31.2006 / 11:32 AM / News
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens


Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Bell Centre - Montreal, Que.

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Hurricanes: 36-11-4 (76 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Canadiens: 23-20-6 (52 pts.), Northeast Division, 3rd place

Tuesday's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes visit Montreal on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. Hurricanes Radio Network) for the first of four consecutive road games. Following Tuesday's game, the Hurricanes will remain in Montreal before traveling to New Jersey for a Friday night match up against the Devils (7:30 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network).

With a 4-1 win against the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday, the Hurricanes extended their home wining streak to a franchise-best, and league season high nine games (12/31-1/28). Carolina posts the best home record in the NHL at 23-4-1 and, through games of Jan. 29, ranked first overall in the Eastern Conference and the NHL with 76 points.

Overall, the Hurricanes post a 36-11-4 record, have earned points in 22 of the last 25 games (12/6-1/28: 20-3-2) and hold the largest lead of any NHL division leader. With 76 points in their first 51 games, the Hurricanes have enjoyed their best first-51 games in franchise history, eclipsing the 58-point, 51-game mark recorded by the 1986-87 squad.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • The Carolina Hurricanes have won each of their last nine games at the RBC Center (12/31-1/28)
  • Left wing Ray Whitney has points in each of the last four games (1/23-1/28: 1g, 3a)
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour has points in each of the last three games (1/25-1/28: 2g, 4a)
  • Right wing Justin Williams has assists and points in each of the last two games (1/26-1/28: 1g, 3a)
  • Left wing Erik Cole has points in each of the last two games (1/26-1/28: 1g, 1a)
  • Defenseman Niclas Wallin has assists and points in each of the last two games (1/26-1/28: 1g, 2a)

Milestone Watch

  • Center Eric Staal is three points shy of 100 for his NHL career
  • Defenseman Bret Hedican is two assists shy of 200 for his NHL career
  • 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 acquired center Doug Weight from the St. Louis Blues in a trade on Monday. Weight will not be in the Hurricanes' lineup for Tuesday's game against Montreal, and will join the team for its practice at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Thursday.

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. 29, Staal ranked tied for sixth in the NHL with 31 goals and sixth with 66 points. Staal has notched points in 38 of the Hurricanes' 51 games this season. Through games of Jan. 29, he ranked tied for sixth in the league with three shorthanded goals and eighth in the league with 13 power-play goals.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 23-4-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 12-7-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 67-of-343 (19.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 229-of-282 (81.2%)

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky, upper body, missed 1 game
  • Center Matt Cullen, fractured jaw 1/26, out 2-4 weeks, missed 1 game
  • Left wing Cory Stillman, torso injury, day-to-day, missed 6 games
  • Defenseman Mike Commodore, leg contusion, day-to-day, missed 5 games
  • Defenseman Aaron Ward, hernia, surgery 1/11, injured reserve, out 3-6 weeks, missed 9 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 36 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
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 Boston University 11:00 a.m.
Feb. 5 Sunday none
Feb. 6 Monday none
Feb. 7 Tuesday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
Feb. 8 Wednesday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
Feb. 9 Thursday St. Pete Times Forum 11:30 a.m.

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

Against the Canadiens
The Hurricanes and Canadiens meet for the third time this season, and the third of three match ups in one month's time. The teams' two previous meetings were each at the RBC Center in Raleigh, with the Hurricanes emerging victorious on Dec. 31 by a 5-3 score and on Jan. 23 by a 7-3 score.

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 W, 7-3
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.

Jan. 23, 2006
Hurricanes 7, Montreal 3

The Carolina Hurricanes extended their home winning streak to a franchise-best eight games, scoring a 7-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens. Netminder Cam Ward earned his 10th win of his rookie season and captured second star honors with 31 saves. Carolina's scoring attack was led by center Eric Staal and right wing Justin Williams, each of whom had a goal and two assists. Wingers Erik Cole and Andrew Ladd each added a goal and an assist, and defenseman Frantisek Kaberle earned two assists. Center Matt Cullen tied his career high for goals in a season when he notched his 18th of the year when he re-directed Staal's shot past Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore during a 5-on-3 power play in the second period. Forward Keith Aucoin made his NHL debut for Carolina and earned his first NHL point with an assist on Cole's goal. Defenseman Bret Hedican scored his fourth goal of the season 7:26 into the first period, and recorded five blocked shots in the game. Theodore was replaced by Cristobal Huet 8:45 into the second period when Carolina took a 5-1 lead on Ladd's goal.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
51
31
35
66
11 Williams
51
18
32
50
61 Stillman
44
14
34
48
17 Brind'Amour
47
23
24
47

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
36
2.71
25-8-2
.908
30 Ward
20
3.43
11-3-2
.891


Canadiens
GP
G
A
PTS
11 Koivu
39
14
24
38
73 Ryder
49
20
13
33
27 Kovalev
47
10
21
31

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
60 Theodore
37
3.36
17-14-5
.885
39 Huet
10
2.88
3-4-1
.915

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 10 8 2 0 27 26 16
2 TBL 10 6 3 1 34 26 13
3 NYI 9 6 3 0 35 31 12
4 DET 9 5 2 2 22 19 12
5 PIT 8 5 2 1 33 22 11
6 OTT 8 5 2 1 22 17 11
7 PHI 9 4 3 2 29 32 10
8 NYR 9 5 4 0 27 30 10
9 NJD 9 4 3 2 28 33 10
10 WSH 9 4 3 2 27 23 10
11 BOS 11 5 6 0 29 28 10
12 TOR 9 4 4 1 25 25 9
13 CBJ 9 4 5 0 25 30 8
14 FLA 7 2 2 3 10 16 7
15 BUF 10 2 8 0 11 33 4
16 CAR 8 0 6 2 15 33 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tlusty 8 5 2 -3 7
C. Terry 8 3 2 1 5
R. Nash 8 2 3 -1 5
J. Harrison 6 1 2 -1 3
E. Staal 3 1 2 -3 3
A. Sekera 7 0 3 -5 3
J. Skinner 4 1 1 -5 2
Z. Boychuk 6 1 1 2 2
J. McClement 8 0 2 -3 2
A. Semin 8 0 2 -7 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 0 3 1 .891 3.24
C. Ward 0 3 1 .840 3.95