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GAME NOTES: Back-to-Back Games: Hurricanes vs. Sabres/Islanders

Monday, 10.30.2006 / 2:03 PM ET / News
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GAME NOTES: Back-to-Back Games: Hurricanes vs. Sabres\/Islanders

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES

Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres
Friday, Oct. 20, 8:00 p.m. (ET)
HSBC Arena * Buffalo, NY

Hurricanes: 3-3-1 (7 pts.), 2nd Southeast Division
Sabres: 6-0-0 (12 pts.), 1st Northeast Division

Carolina Hurricanes at NY Islanders
Saturday, Oct. 21, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Nassau Colliseum * Uniondale, NY

Islanders: 2-3-1 (5 pts.), 3rd Atlantic Division

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Back-to-Back Games
The Carolina Hurricanes continue their seven-game road swing and look for their fourth straight win on Friday against the undefeated Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena (8 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). Friday’s game marks the sixth consecutive road game for the Hurricanes.

Carolina’s seven-game road swing will conclude Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum against the New York Islanders (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes enter Friday’s game with a 3-3-1 record. After earning just one point in the standings in the season’s first four games – an Opening Night shootout loss against Buffalo – the Hurricanes have since rattled off consecutive wins at Atlanta, at Pittsburgh and at Tampa Bay to improve to .500.

Television: FSN South
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network – WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh – flagship), Pirate Radio – WGHB 1250 AM and WDLX 930 AM (Greenville, NC… check listings for games), News Talk Radio WFNC 640 AM (Fayetteville, NC… Saturdays and Sundays)
Internet: www.carolinahurricanes.com

Carolina Notes

On Oct. 16 at Tampa Bay, Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams notched his first career hat trick, and the first three-goal game this season for Carolina. Williams scored the Hurricanes’ second, fourth and fifth goals in a 5-1 rout of the Lightning to earn the 20th hat trick for the team since the franchise relocated to North Carolina prior to the 1997-98 season.

Williams had seven two-goal games in 346 career NHL regular-season games prior to his Oct. 16 hat trick. The 25-year-old, Cobourg, Ont., native currently leads the Hurricanes with eight points, six power-play points, and is tied for the team lead with six goals. His five assists this season rank third on the team.

In Carolina’s Oct. 4 season opener, goaltender Cam Ward turned away 30 of Buffalo’s 32 shots on goal and took first-star honors. The second-year NHLer and 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy-winner played in 28 regular-season games in his rookie campaign last year, chalking up a 14-8-2 record and a 3.68 goals-against average. In the postseason, Ward registered a 2.14 goals-against average and posted a 15-8 record en route to being named the playoffs’ most valuable player.

Dating back to the third period of Carolina’s 4-3 win at Atlanta on Oct. 13, Ward has stopped 69 of 72 shots he’s faced in seven periods (140 minutes) of action, good for a .958 save percentage and a 1.29 goals-against average.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 0-1-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 3-2-0
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 7-of-44 (15.9%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 36-of-41 (87.8%)

Injury Report

  • Center Keith Aucoin, foot, day-to-day
  • Right wing Trevor Letowski, concussion, day-to-day, missed 1 game
  • Defenseman Glen Wesley, upper body, day-to-day, missed 2 games
  • Defenseman Bret Hedican, lower body, day-to-day, missed 2 games
  • Left wing Andrew Ladd, shoulder, injured reserve, missed 2 games
  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle, shoulder, out, missed 6 games
  • Left wing Cory Stillman, shoulder, out, missed 6 games

Against the Sabres

Friday’s game marks the second of four meetings between the Hurricanes and the Sabres. Buffalo scored a 3-2 shootout win in the team’s first meeting this season on Oct. 4 at the RBC Center. 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 59-81-19-1 all-time regular-season record against the Sabres with a 33-36-12 home record and a 26-45-7-1 record in Buffalo.

Against the Islanders

Saturday’s game marks the first of four meetings this season between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders, and the first of two games between the teams at Nassau Coliseum. In 2005-06, the Hurricanes posted a 3-1-0 record in their four-game set against the Islanders, splitting games on Long Island. Justin Williams led all Hurricanes skaters with six points (1g, 5a) in the season series while Shawn Bates had three points (1g, 2a) to pace the Islanders. In 93 all-time meetings, the Hurricanes post a 44-3-0-2 record against the Islanders, with a 23-18-5-1 home record and a 21-20-4-1 record at Nassau Coliseum.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
11 Williams
7
3
5
8
17 Brind'Amour
7
1
6
7
13 Whitney
7
1
6
7

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
30 Ward
6
2.63
3-2-1
.917
47 Grahame
1
6.00
0-1-0
.806

Sabres
GP
G
A
PTS
23 Drury
6
7
3
10
61 Afinogenov
6
3
6
9
48 Briere
6
2
7
9

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
30 Miller
5
2.48
5-0-0
.921
43 Biron
1
3.00
1-0-0
.919

Islanders
GP
G
A
PTS
81 Satan
6
1
4
5
12 Simon
6
1
4
5

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
39 DiPietro
3
4.53
0-3-0
.879
1 Dunham
4
1.72
2-0-1
.953

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81