GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres

Monday, 11.13.2006 / 11:44 AM / News
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres
Monday, Nov. 13, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

 

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Hurricanes: 9-6-3 (21 pts.), 2nd Southeast Division
Sabres: 14-1-1 (29 pts.), 1st Northeast Division

Tonight's Game
The Carolina Hurricanes host the Buffalo Sabres on Monday (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network) in the third game of Carolina’s four-game home stand. In the home stand’s first game, the Hurricanes shut out Washington 5-0 on Thursday behind Cam Ward’s 20-save performance and Erik Cole’s fourth career hat trick. On Saturday, Carolina scored a 6-2 victory against Pittsburgh to move its home record to 4-2-1 on the young season. The Hurricanes wraps up their home stand on Wednesday against the New York Rangers and will travel to Washington on Thursday for a Friday evening match up against the Capitals at the Verizon Center.

Please note that Monday’s game was a late addition to FSN South’s schedule and will be telecast throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. As always, listeners can tune into Hall of Fame broadcaster Chuck Kaiton’s call of the game on the Hurricanes Radio Network.

MILESTONE WATCH

  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour earned his 1,000th NHL point with an assist at Ottawa on Nov. 4
  • Right wing Erik Cole tallied his 100th NHL assist Nov. 11 vs. Pittsburgh.

CURRENT STREAKS

  • Goaltender Cam Ward has started nine consecutive games
  • Center Eric Staal has points four straight games (11/4-11/11: 2g, 3a) and assists in two straight (11/9-11/11: 1g, 2a)
  • Left wing Ray Whitney has recorded points in each of the last four games (11/4-11/11: 3g, 3a)
  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour has points in four straight games (11/4-11/11: 2g, 3a) and assists in two straight games (11/9-11/11: 1g, 2a)
  • Winger Erik Cole has recorded points in each of the last four games (11/4-11/11: 4g, 5a)
  • Defenseman Glen Wesley has recorded assists and points in two straight games (11/9-11/11: 0g, 2a)
  • Right wing Trevor Letowski has recorded points in two straight games (11/9-11/11: 1g, 1a)
  • Right wing Scott Walker has recorded assists and points in two straight games (11/9-11/11: 0g, 3a)

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 finished the season tied for the team lead in assists in his second NHL season. Through the Hurricanes’ first 18 games of 2006-07, the Thunder Bay, Ont., native leads the team with 10 goals, is tied for the team lead with four power-play goals, and is third on the team with 20 points, putting him on pace for 46 goals and 91 points this season. Staal celebrated his 22nd birthday on Oct. 29.

Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward has started each of the Hurricanes last nine games and played in 16 of the team’s 18 games this season. On Nov. 9, he posted his first NHL regular-season shutout, making 20 saves en route to a 5-0 Carolina win. Ward stopped a career-high 40 shots in a 5-2 win in Atlanta on Nov. 1 to earn his sixth win of the season. 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. In Carolina’s last four games, Ward has recorded a 3-0-1 record, a 1.47 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 4-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-4-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 18-of-115 (15.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 92-of-107 (86.0%)

INJURY REPORT

  • Defenseman Niclas Wallin, lower body, missed 1 game
  • Defenseman Tim Gleason, upper body, missed 6 games
  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle, shoulder, out, missed 18 games
  • Left wing Cory Stillman, shoulder, out, missed 18 games

Against the Sabres
Monday’s game marks the third 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, and struck again with a 5-4 win at HSBC Arena on Oct. 20. 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 59-82-19-1 all-time regular-season record against the Sabres with a 33-36-12 home record and a 26-46-7-1 record in Buffalo.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
17 Brind'Amour
18
6
17
23
13 Whitney
18
6
16
22
12 Staal
18
10
10
20

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
30 Ward
16
2.84
9-5-2
.901
47 Grahame
3
4.71
0-1-1
.823

Sabres
GP
G
A
PTS
48 Briere
16
7
16
23
26 Vanek
16
10
10
20
61 Afinogenov
13
8
11
19

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
30 Miller
11
2.64
9-1-1
.913
43 Biron
5
3.15
5-0-0
.887
Carquest

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