GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins
Friday, Nov. 24, 12:00 p.m. (ET)
TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA

Hurricanes: 12-9-3 (27 pts.), 2nd Southeast Division
Bruins: 9-8-2 (20 pts.), 5th Northeast Division

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FRIDAY'S GAME
The Carolina Hurricanes complete a three-game road trip with a noon match-up against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden, the first of four meetings between the Bruins and Hurricanes this season. The Hurricanes and Bruins also met in Boston for a matinee on the day after Thanksgiving during the 2000-01 season, with Carolina taking home a 3-1 victory.

The Hurricanes dropped the first two games of the current trip on back-to-back nights in New York, falling 4-0 to the Rangers on Tuesday night and 4-2 to the Islanders on Wednesday night. Friday afternoon's game marks Carolina's 15th road game of the 2006-07 season, and is part of a stretch in which the Hurricanes play seven of 10 games on the road.

MILESTONE WATCH

  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour earned his 300th point with the Hurricanes, Nov. 17 at Washington

  • Winger Erik Cole is two games shy of 300 Hurricanes/NHL games played

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
Hurricanes netminder John Grahame stopped 44 shots in Wednesday night's loss against the New York Islanders, the most saves for a Carolina netminder since Martin Gerber made 45 saves in a 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 24, 2005 at the RBC Center. The franchise record for saves in a game was set by Mike Veisor on Nov. 2, 1982 in a 7-6 Hartford loss against the Minnesota North Stars.

 Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour has points in nine of his last 10 games, and is ranked second in the NHL in scoring this season with 32 points. The 36-year-old center is first in the league in face-off percentage (60.1%), tied for second in the league in assists (22), and second among NHL forwards in average ice time (23:39). Brind'Amour was honored as on of the NHL's ""Three Stars of the Week"" following his four-goal, four-assist week from Nov. 13-18.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 6-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-6-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 24-of-151 (15.9%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 115-of-136 (84.6%)

INJURY REPORT

  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle, shoulder, out, missed 24 games
  • Left wing Cory Stillman, shoulder, out, missed 24 games

AGAINST THE BRUINS
Friday's game marks the first of four meetings this season between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins. In 2005-06, the Hurricanes posted a 3-1-0 record against the Bruins, splitting the games at TD Banknorth Garden with a 4-3 shootout victory on Feb. 5 and a 4-2 loss on March 18. Aaron Ward led all Carolina scorers in last year's season series with two goals and five assists (7 points). Eric Staal added two goals and four assists (6 points) for Carolina. The Bruins lead the all-time series against the Hurricanes 83-59-16, with the Hurricanes posting a 33-36-9 record at home and a 26-47-7 record in Boston.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
17 Brind'Amour
24
10
22
32
13 Whitney
24
9
19
28
12 Staal
24
13
10
23

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
30 Ward
20
3.03
11-7-2
.894
47 Grahame
5
3.47
1-2-1
.885

Bruins
GP
G
A
PTS
91 Savard
19
5
20
25
27 Murray
19
11
8
19
37 Bergeron
19
6
12
18

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
30 Thomas
15
3.05
7-4-2
.900
60 Finley
2
3.05
0-1-0
.909
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