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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres

Wednesday, 10.4.2006 / 9:23 AM ET / News
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center * Raleigh, NC

Hurricanes: 0-0-0 (0 pts.), Southeast Division
Sabres: 0-0-0 (0 pts.), Northeast Division

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Tonight's Game

The Carolina Hurricanes open the 2006-07 NHL regular season, and the defense of their 2006 Stanley Cup championship, on Wednesday at the RBC Center against the Buffalo Sabres. The game will be televised in high definition across the United States on Versus (formerly OLN), the NHL’s national cable television partner. The high-definition broadcast of Wednesday’s game can be viewed on Channel 291 on Time Warner Cable in the Raleigh/Durham market.

Prior to opening faceoff, the Hurricanes will introduce the 2006-07 squad and pay tribute to last season’s Southeast Division, Eastern Conference and Stanley Cup championships in a brief ceremony, scheduled to begin at approximately 6:50 p.m. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:13 p.m. The RBC Center’s parking lots will open at 2:30 p.m. for fans who wish to arrive early and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The Hurricanes encourage fans to arrive early to attend a tent party on the RBC Center’s south lawn and to avoid traffic.

Television: Versus
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network – WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh – flagship), WGHB 1250 AM/WDLX 930 AM (Greenville, Washington & New Bern, N.C.) and WFNC 640 AM (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Internet: www.carolinahurricanes.com

Milestone Watch

  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour is one assist shy of 600 assists for his NHL career
  • Head Coach Peter Laviolette is two games shy of 300 NHL games coached

Carolina Notes

Wednesday’s game marks the Hurricanes regular-season debuts of defenseman Tim Gleason, forwards Trevor Letowski, Scott Walker, and Eric Belanger and goaltender John Grahame. Also, defenseman David Tanabe returns to the roster after three seasons away from the organization. Of the 22 active players on the Hurricanes roster for Wednesday’s game, 14 were in the 20-player lineup for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals and 11 were in the 20-player lineup for Carolina’s final regular-season game of 2005-06, April 18 against Buffalo.

Along with hoisting the Stanley Cup, and reigning supreme in the Southeast Division and Eastern Conference playoffs last season, Hurricanes Captain Rod Brind’Amour won the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward, and goaltender Cam Ward took the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player. Both trophies will be on display along with the Stanley Cup and the Prince of Wales Trophy on the RBC Center’s main concourse during Wednesday’s game.

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle, shoulder, out
  • Left wing Cory Stillman, shoulder, out

Against the Sabres

Tonight’s game marks the first of four meetings between the Hurricanes and the Sabres. The two teams met four times during the 2005-06 season with Carolina posting a 3-1-0 record. The teams also met in the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals with Carolina emerging with a 4-3 win in the seven-game series.

Cory Stillman led all Hurricanes skaters with five points (1g, 4a) in the four-game regular-season series between the teams in 2005-06 while J.P. Dumont (4g, 0a), Thomas Vanek (3g, 1a) and Maxim Afinogenov (0g, 4a) led the Sabres. The Hurricanes post a 59-81-18-1 all-time regular-season record against the Sabres with a 33-36-11 home record and a 26-45-7-1 record in Buffalo.

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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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