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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Sunday, 02.12.2006 / 7:05 PM ET / News
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins


Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins

 

Friday, Feb. 10, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center - Raleigh, NC

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Hurricanes: 38-13-4 (80 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Penguins: 12-34-11 (35 pts.), Atlantic Division, 5th place

Tonight's Game
The Hurricanes return to Raleigh to host the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network) and will round out their pre-Olympic break schedule against Buffalo on Sunday (5 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network). Both teams are coming of recent defeats - the Hurricanes lost at Tampa Bay 5-3 on Thursday night, while Pittsburgh fell 3-1 to Boston on Wednesday.

Last Night's Action
Erik Cole, Anton Babchuk and Aaron Ward all lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, but it wasn't enough as the Tampa Bay Lightning claimed a 5-3 win over Carolina Thursday night at the St. pete Times Forum.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • The Carolina Hurricanes have won each of their last nine games at the RBC Center (12/31-1/28)

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

The Hurricanes scored a 4-3 shootout win at Boston on Sunday when newly-acquired centerman Doug Weight beat Bruins netminder Tim Thomas, and Carolina goaltender Martin Gerber stopped Boston's final shootout shooter Sergei Samsonov. The win took the Hurricanes' overall record to 38-12-4, including a 15-2-0 record in 17 games since Dec. 31.

The Hurricanes defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 4-1 on Jan. 28 to extend their home winning 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. Carolina currently ranks first overall in the Eastern Conference and the NHL with 80 points. With 80 points in their first 54 games, the Hurricanes have enjoyed their best first-54 games in franchise history, eclipsing the 60-point, 54-game mark recorded by the 1986-87 squad.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal netted a goal and an assist at Boston on Feb. 5 for his 20th multi-point game this season. Through games of Feb. 7, Staal ranked tied for fourth in the NHL in scoring with 71 points and tied for fourth in the league in goals with 34. Staal has notched points in 40 of the Hurricanes' 54 games this season. Through games of Feb. 7, he ranked tied for sixth in the league with three shorthanded goals and tied for eighth in the league with 13 power-play goals.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 23-4-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 15-9-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 71-of-363 (19.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 243-of-298 (81.5%)

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, wrist, out two months, missed 3 games
  • Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky, upper body, missed 5 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 40 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
Feb. 10 Friday RBC Center 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 11 Saturday RecZone 12:15 p.m.
Feb 12 Sunday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 13 Monday Olympic Break Begins

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

Against the Penguins
Friday marks the third of four matchups between the Hurricanes and Penguins this season, and Pittsburgh's last trip to Raleigh this season. The teams first met this season on Oct. 7, the Hurricanes' first home game of 2005-06, and went to a shootout with Carolina taking the win 4-3. Carolina took the teams' second meeting in come-from-behind fashion, winning 5-3 at Mellon Arena on Oct. 29. The Hurricanes and Penguins finish the season series in Pittsburgh on March 4.

Carolina and Pittsburgh met four times during the 2003-04 season with the Hurricanes earning points in every game and finishing with a 2-0-1-1 record against the Penguins (Pittsburgh: 1-1-1-1). Defenseman Dick Tarnstrom led all Penguins skaters with four points (1g. 3a) in the four 2003-04 meetings, while Radim Vrbata paced the Canes with three goals and an assist (4 points). The Hurricanes franchise posts a 41-43-11-1 all-time mark against the Penguins, with a 23-21-5-0 home record and a 18-22-6-1 record in Pittsburgh.

Hurricanes vs. Penguins 2005-06 Schedule
Oct. 7 RBC Center W, 4-3 (SO)
Oct. 29 Mellon Arena W, 5-3
Feb. 10 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
March 4 Mellon Arena 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 7, 2005
Hurricanes 3, Pittsburgh 2 (SO)

Rookie netminder Cam Ward thwarted Mario Lemieux, Zigmund Palffy and Sidney Crosby on consecutive penalty shots to earn his first career victory and the first shootout victory in franchise history in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 18,787 at the RBC Center. Cory Stillman scored on the Hurricanes' first shootout attempt, and his goal proved to be the margin of victory in the Hurricanes' first-ever shootout. Ward stopped 28 of 30 shots in regulation. Eric Staal and Stillman each netted goals in regulation, and Palffy and Ryan Malone each scored for Pittsburgh. Sebastien Caron was in net for the Penguins, stopping 31 of 33 Hurricanes shots.

Oct. 29, 2005
Hurricanes 5, Pittsburgh 3

The Carolina Hurricanes became the first team to come back and win four consecutive games in which they trailed by two goals when they rallied from a 3-1 deficit to start the third period and defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 at Mellon Arena. Eric Staal had his first NHL four-assist night and Cory Stillman had a goal and three assists to earn the game's first star. Left wing Ray Whitney scored the game-winning goal with 3:14 remaining in the game and had two assists for his third multi-point game of the season and to extend his points streak to five games (10/22-10/29: 2g, 8a). Defenseman Glen Wesley scored the tying goal for Carolina, his 200th point as a member of the Hurricanes franchise. Right wing Justin Williams added an empty-net goal to seal the win for Carolina. Martin Gerber stopped 25 of 28 Penguins' shots on goal to earn his fourth win of the season and Frantisek Kaberle earned an assist to extend his points streak to six games (10/20-10/29: 2g, 5a).

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
55
34
37
71
26 Cole
55
25
27
52
11 Williams
55
18
24
52

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
39
2.73
27-9-2
.907
30 Ward
21
3.41
11-4-2
.889


Penguins
GP
G
A
PTS
87 Crosby
56
26
35
61
8 Recchi
57
19
29
48
55 Gonchar
53
6
25
31

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Fleury
32
3.30
6-20-4
.899
31 Caron
16
4.29
5-4-4
.872

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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