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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Colorado Avalanche

Monday, 12.11.2006 / 2:44 PM / News
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Colorado Avalanche

'CANES AIM FOR NIGHT OF FIRSTS

After a tough trip through western Canada in which they picked up only one point of a possible six, the Carolina Hurricanes will look for an historic win tonight in Colorado.

Not only would a win tonight be the first of this long road trip, but it would also be the 'Canes first ever win against the Avalanche. The Hurricanes franchise is 0-8-2 in the 10 meetings that have taken place between these two teams since moving to North Carolina for the 1997-98 season.

If they are to finally beat the Avalanche, the Hurricanes may have to do it without captain Rod Brind'Amour, who missed Friday night's game in Vancouver, and Cory Stillman, who is finally nearing return after missing the first 31 games of this season. Both are battling nagging lower body injuries.

The Hurricanes will try to build on the sudden offensive outburst that occurred in the third period of their game in Vancouver. They broke their goal-scoring funk with a quick three-goal rally reminiscent of the Comeback 'Canes of old in order to force overtime with the Canucks.

The team can take some comfort in the fact that they were able to do so without Brind'Amour, who paces the team in points with 36 and leads the entire NHL in third-period points with 17. However, Brind'Amour brings other elements to the table that are not as easy to replace. Without him, the Hurricanes won only 43 percent of their faceoffs and allowed four power play goals against the Canucks, which were the only goals they allowed that night. The Hurricanes had previously killed 15 straight penalties.

Going into the game against last-placed Colorado, it would seem that the Hurricanes have already faced the toughest competition that the Northwest Division has to offer. However, looks can be deceiving as the Avalanche is only six points out of first place in an extremely tight divisional race. They have been struggling recently, however, having lost three of their last four games.

As always, the Avalanche boasts future Hall of Fame center Joe Sakic, who this season occupies his usual spot among the top 20 scorers in the league. He has been on a tear of late with three goals and two assists in his last two games. Also on a hot streak is defenseman John-Michael Liles, who has eight points in his last seven games.

Carolina Hurricanes at Colorado Avalanche
Monday, Dec. 11, 9:30 p.m. (ET)
Pepsi Center * Denver, CO
Hurricanes: 15-12-4 (34 pts.), 2nd Southeast Division
Avalanche: 13-14-2 (28 pts.), 5th Northwest Division
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TOMORROW’S GAME
The Carolina Hurricanes wrap up their four-game Northwest Division road trip at the Pepsi Center on Monday against the Colorado Avalance (9:30 p.m. ET, FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes suffered losses at Calgary and Edmonton to open the road trip, and earned a point in the standings in a 4-3 overtime loss at Vancouver on Friday. The Hurricanes will return to Raleigh following Monday’s game and will not play again until Friday when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the RBC Center.

MILESTONE WATCH

  • Defenseman Bret Hedican will play his 900th career NHL game with his next game played
  • Winger Erik Cole is two points shy of 200 for his NHL career
  • Right wing Trevor Letowski played in his 500th NHL game on Dec. 6 at EDM

CURRENT STREAKS

  • Right wing Craig Adams has scored goals in each of the last two games (12/6-12/8: 2g, 0a)


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.nhl.com, www.CarolinaHurricanes.com

CAROLINA NOTES
Hurricanes winger Erik Cole notched his fourth career hat trick in Carolina’s 5-0 win against Washington on Nov. 9. Cole’s last hat trick prior to that came in Carolina’s 8-2 win at Montreal on Jan. 31, 2006. The 28-year-old’s four career hat tricks rank him first in the Hurricanes’ record books since the team moved to North Carolina prior to the 1997-98 season. On Nov. 17 at Washington, Cole scored a goal and earned three assists for his third career four-point game and his first career three-assist game. He added a two-goal game and tied the franchise record with 11 shots on Nov. 30 against Montreal. Cole now has 22 points (10g, 12a) in the team’s last 17 games and ranks third on the team with 30 points this season.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-4-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 7-8-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 26-of-182 (14.3%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 144-of-171 (84.2%)

INJURY REPORT

  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour, lower body, day-to-day, missed 1 game
  • Left wing Cory Stillman, shoulder, day-to-day, missed 31 games
  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle, shoulder, out, missed 31 games

AGAINST THE AVALANCHE
Monday’s game marks the first game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Colorado Avalanche since the teams met at the Pepsi Center on Feb. 3, 2004, a 3-1 Colorado win. It also marks the lone game between the teams this season. In the teams’ last match up, Avalanche center Joe Sakic earned two assists while Milan Hejduk, Steve Konowalchuk and Steve Moore provided the goals. Pavel Brendl noched Carolina’s lone marker in that game. The Hurricanes franchise posts an all-time NHL record of 41-64-21-1 against the Avalanche franchise, including a 24-25-12-1 home record and a 17-39-9 road record. The Hurricanes franchise has not scored a win against the Avalanche since Feb. 9, 1996, a 3-2 overtime win in the Avalanche’s first season in Colorado after moving from Quebec.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

Hurricanes
GP
G
A
PTS
17 Brind'Amour
31
10
26
36
13 Whitney
31
10
21
31
26 Cole
31
12
18
30

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
30 Ward
24
2.98
13-8-3
.893
47 Grahame
7
3.17
2-3-1
.896

COLORADO
GP
G
A
PTS
19 Sakic
29
12
19
31
4 Liles
29
7
15
22
15 Brunette
29
7
14
21

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
60 Theodore
19
3.06
8-8-1
.903
31 Budaj
12
2.54
5-6-1
.908

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 11 8 2 1 29 29 17
2 TBL 11 7 3 1 38 29 15
3 DET 10 6 2 2 27 21 14
4 PIT 9 6 2 1 36 22 13
5 OTT 9 5 2 2 26 22 12
6 NYI 10 6 4 0 35 36 12
7 NJD 10 5 3 2 30 34 12
8 BOS 12 6 6 0 32 30 12
9 TOR 10 5 4 1 29 26 11
10 NYR 9 5 4 0 27 30 10
11 WSH 9 4 3 2 27 23 10
12 PHI 10 4 4 2 32 36 10
13 FLA 8 3 2 3 12 17 9
14 CBJ 10 4 6 0 26 34 8
15 BUF 11 2 8 1 13 36 5
16 CAR 8 0 6 2 15 33 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tlusty 8 5 2 -3 7
C. Terry 8 3 2 1 5
R. Nash 8 2 3 -1 5
J. Harrison 6 1 2 -1 3
E. Staal 3 1 2 -3 3
A. Sekera 7 0 3 -5 3
J. Skinner 4 1 1 -5 2
Z. Boychuk 6 1 1 2 2
J. McClement 8 0 2 -3 2
A. Semin 8 0 2 -7 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 0 3 1 .891 3.24
C. Ward 0 3 1 .840 3.95