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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning


Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning

Saturday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL

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Hurricanes: 52-21-7 (111 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Lightning: 42-32-6 (90 pts.), Southeast Division, 2nd place

Tonight's Game

The Southeast Division Champion Carolina Hurricanes held their annual Fan Appreciation Night on Friday, capping it off with a 5-4, shootout win over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. It was the first game in a back-to-back, home-and-home set between the teams that will conclude on Saturday at St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes will return to Raleigh following Saturday's game to prepare for their regular-season finale on Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres (7 p.m., OLN, Hurricanes Radio Network).

Carolina has two games remaining in its 82-game regular-season schedule. The Hurricanes' 111 points put them into a tie with Ottawa for first place in the conference and 21 points ahead of Tampa Bay for first place in the Southeast Division through games of April 12.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Center Eric Staal has earned points in each of the last five games (4/5-4/14: 3g, 5a)
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour has earned assists in each of the last four games (4/7-4/14: 1g, 3a)

Milestone Watch

  • Defenseman Aaron Ward is one point shy of 100 points for his NHL career
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour is one assist shy of 600 assists 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 currently post a 52-21-7 record, including a 29-11-3 record in 42 games since Dec. 31, and a 13-7-3 record since the Olympic Break. Carolina had its franchise-best nine-game home winning streak (12/13-1/28) snapped against Pittsburgh on Feb. 10. That home winning streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season (Philadelphia, 10/7-11/12) and the Hurricanes are currently tied for the best home record in the league at 30-7-3 (62 points). With 111 points in their first 80 games, the Hurricanes now look to improve upon their franchise record for points in a season. The previous franchise-high for points in a season was 93, set by the 1986-87 squad.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal leads the team in scoring with 98 points (45g, 52a) and ranked tied for sixth in the NHL through games of April 14. Staal's 45 goals ranked tied for sixth in the league, and his 19 power-play goals ranked him tied for seventh through April 9. He has notched points in 56 of the Hurricanes' 79 games this season.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 28-6-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 19-12-5
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 95-of-519 (18.3%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 355-of-433 (82%)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Ray Whitney, lower body, day-to-day, missed 4 games
  • Left wing Erik Cole, fractured vertebra 3/4, out 6-8 weeks, missed 20 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

April 16 Sunday none
April 17 Monday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
April 18 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
April 19 Wednesday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
April 20 Thursday RecZone 11:00 a.m.

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

Against the Lightning

The Hurricanes and Lightning meet for the eighth time this season in the second game of a back-to-back, home-and-home series that began Friday at the RBC Center and concluding on Saturday at St. Pete Times Forum. The Lightning took the teams' first meeting 5-2, on opening night in Tampa, and scored another 5-2 win at the RBC Center on Nov. 20. Carolina bounced back against the defending Stanley Cup champion on Dec. 20, scoring a 6-4 win at the RBC Center, but the Lightning struck again with a 5-4 overtime win at St. Pete Times Forum on Dec. 26 and a 5-3 win in Tampa on Feb. 9. Carolina took the teams' most recent meeting on March 27 at the RBC Center by a 2-1 score, and on Friday by a 5-4 score.

Carolina and Tampa Bay met six times during the 2003-04 season, with the Lightning posting a 3-1-2-0 victory in the season series. Sean Hill led the Hurricanes with two goals and four assists (6 points) in the season series, and now-Hurricane Cory Stillman paced the Lightning with two goals and five assists (7 points). The Hurricanes post a 26-21-11-1 all-time record against Tampa Bay, with a 17-5-7-1 home mark and a 9-16-4-0 mark in Tampa.

Hurricanes vs. Lightning 2005-06 Schedule
Oct. 5 St. Pete Times Forum L, 5-2
Nov. 20 RBC Center L, 5-2
Dec. 20 RBC Center W, 6-4
Dec. 26 St. Pete Times Forum OT, 5-4 (OT)
Feb. 9 St. Pete Times Forum L, 5-3
March 27 RBC Center W, 2-1
April 14 RBC Center W, 5-4 (OT)
April 15 St. Pete Times Forum 7:30 p.m.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
80
45
53
98
11 Williams
80
31
45
76
61 Stillman
70
20
54
74
17 Brind'Amour
76
31
39
70

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
58
2.76
38-13-5
.906
30 Ward
28
3.68
14-8-2
.882


Lightning
GP
G
A
PTS
19 Richards
80
22
67
89
20 Prospal
80
25
55
80
4 Lecavalier
78
35
39
74

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
47 Grahame
55
3.06
28-21-1
.889
1 Burke
34
2.82
14-10-4
.895

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72