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BACK TO BACK GAMES: Carolina Hurricanes at Atlanta, vs. Montreal

Wednesday, 11.01.2006 / 9:20 AM / News
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BACK TO BACK GAMES: Carolina Hurricanes at Atlanta, vs. Montreal

Carolina Hurricanes at Atlanta Thrashers
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Philips Arena * Atlanta, GA
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Hurricanes: 5-5-2 (12 pts.), 3rd Southeast Division
Thrashers: 8-2-3 (19 pts.), 1st Southeast Division

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens
Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center * Raleigh, NC
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Canadiens: 5-2-3 (13 pts.), 3rd Northeast Division

*All statistics prior to Montreal’s game against Ottawa, Oct. 31

Back-to-Back Games
The Carolina Hurricanes travel south for a Wednesday night meeting against Southeast Division rival Atlanta at Philips Arena (7 p.m., FSN South HD, Hurricanes Radio Network). Carolina enters November with a 5-5-2 record and 12 points in the standings, seven points behind the division-leading Thrashers (8-2-3, 19 points). Following Wednesday’s game the Hurricanes will return to Raleigh where they will host the Montreal Canadiens at the RBC Center on Thursday (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network).

MILESTONE WATCH

  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour will play his 1,200th NHL game with his next game played
  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour is five points shy of 1,000 points for his NHL career

CURRENT STREAKS

  • Center Eric Staal has scored goals and earned points in each of the last three games (10/25-10/28: 4g, 2a)

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

In 2005-06, center Eric Staal notched 45 goals and earned 55 assists for 100 points to lead the Hurricanes in goals and points, and finish the season tied for the team lead in assists in his second NHL season. Through the Hurricanes’ first 12 games of 2006-07, the Thunder Bay, Ont., native leads the team with eight goals and is tied for the team lead with 14 points, putting him on pace for 54.7 goals and 95.7 points this season. Staal celebrated his 22nd birthday on Oct. 29.

With their 6-4 win on Oct. 28 against Tampa Bay, the Carolina Hurricanes finished the month of October with a 5-5-2 record, giving the team 12 points in the standings. The Hurricanes played four sets of back-to-back games during October, and sustained 52 man-games lot without the services of left wing Cory Stillman and defenseman Frantisek Kaberle. Along with missing Stillman and Kaberle, left wing Andrew Ladd, right wing Trevor Letwoski and defensemen Bret Hedican, David Tanabe, Niclas Wallin and Glen Wesley each missed multiple games in the season’s first month. The Hurricanes face three sets of back-to-back games amongst their 15 games in November.

When finishing October at or better than .500, the Hurricanes franchise has qualified for the playoffs eight of 14 times in 25 previous seasons (excludes the shortened 1994-95 season). The team has qualified for the postseason four times in the 11 seasons when its October record was worse than .500.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 2-1-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 3-4-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 12-of-70 (17.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 56-of-68 (82.4%)

Injury Report

  • Defenseman David Tanabe, upper body, missed 3 games
  • Right wing Trevor Letowski, concussion, day-to-day, missed 6 games
  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle, shoulder, out, missed 12games
  • Left wing Cory Stillman, shoulder, out, missed 12 games

Against the Thrashers

Wednesday marks the third of eight 2006-07 regular-season meetings between the Hurricanes and the Thrashers, and the second of four meetings between the teams this season at Philips Arena. The Hurricanes took the teams’ first meeting at Atlanta on Oct. 13, a 4-3 regulation win on Ray Whitney’s last-second goal. Carolina and Atlanta went to overtime in their second meeting on Oct. 25 at the RBC Center before Hurricanes defenseman Anton Babchuk broke the 4-4 tie 1:11 into the extra frame. The teams will meet next on Jan. 13 at the RBC Center.

Last season, the Hurricanes posted a 4-4-0 record in eight games against the Thrashers, scoring two wins at home and two on the road, including one in overtime. Justin Williams (4g, 5a) and Rod Brind’Amour (1g, 8a) led all Hurricanes scorers in the eight-game season series while Ilya Kovalchuk paced the Thrashers with 12 points (9g, 3a). The Hurricanes post a 23-7-4-1 all-time record against the Thrashers, including a 13-4-1 home mark and a 10-3-3-1 record at Philips Arena.

Against the Canadiens

Thursday marks the first of four regular-season meetings between 2006 Eastern Conference quarterfinals opponents Carolina and Montreal, and the first of two meetings between the clubs at the RBC Center in November. The Canadiens will return to Raleigh on Nov. 30 for the teams’ second meeting of the season. During the 2005-06 regular season, the Hurricanes posted a perfect 4-0-0 record against Montreal and outscored the Canadiens 25-9 in the four-game season series. Justin Williams led all scorers with nine points in last year’s four-game set, while Erik Cole led Carolina with five goals despite playing in just three of the four games between the clubs. The Hurricanes franchise posts a 51-85-19-2 all-time record against the Canadiens, including a 31-36-12-1 home mark, and a 20-49-7-1 record in Montreal.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
12
8
6
14
17 Brind'Amour
12
2
12
14
11 Williams
12
5
7
12
13 Whitney
12
1
11
12

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
30 Ward
10
3.38
5-4-1
.890
47 Grahame
3
4.71
0-1-1
.823

Thrashers
GP
G
A
PTS
18 Hossa
13
10
7
17
17 Kovalchuk
13
9
8
17
13 Kozlov
13
3
10
13

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
32 Lehtonen
13
2.52
8-2-3
.911
1 Hedberg
2
1.85
0-0-0
.935

Canadiens
GP
G
A
PTS
44 Souray
10
6
6
12
21 Higgins
10
6
5
11
11 Koivu
10
2
8
10

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
39 Huet
5
.292
2-1-2
.899
30 Aebischer
5
2.72
3-1-1
.921

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 24 16 7 1 62 59 33
2 PIT 22 15 5 2 78 53 32
3 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
4 NYI 23 16 7 0 74 64 32
5 DET 23 13 5 5 69 58 31
6 BOS 24 14 9 1 61 58 29
7 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
8 FLA 21 9 6 6 45 53 24
9 WSH 22 10 8 4 63 59 24
10 NYR 22 10 8 4 63 62 24
11 OTT 22 10 8 4 60 59 24
12 NJD 23 9 10 4 57 68 22
13 PHI 22 8 11 3 59 69 19
14 CAR 22 7 12 3 52 65 17
15 BUF 23 7 14 2 39 73 16
16 CBJ 22 6 14 2 51 81 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Nash 22 4 11 0 15
E. Staal 17 6 8 -7 14
J. Faulk 22 2 12 -10 14
J. Tlusty 22 10 3 -9 13
E. Lindholm 22 6 5 -5 11
J. Skinner 18 5 6 -5 11
N. Gerbe 18 3 6 2 9
A. Sekera 21 0 8 -6 8
C. Terry 17 4 3 1 7
V. Rask 22 3 3 -8 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 7 8 1 .907 2.57
A. Khudobin 0 4 2 .898 2.97