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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Saturday, 12.30.2006 / 5:23 PM / News
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Sunday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center * Raleigh, NC
Hurricanes: 21-15-4 (46 pts.) 2nd Southeast Division
Flyers:
9-24-4 (22 pts.), 5th Atlantic Division

TOMORROW’S GAME
The Carolina Hurricanes look to extend their three-game home winning streak against the Philadelphia Flyers on New Year’s Eve at the RBC Center (8 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes have scored three straight home wins against the New York Islanders, Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks to take their record at the RBC Center to 11-5-1 this season.

MILESTONE WATCH

  • Center Kevyn Adams will play his 300th game with the Hurricanes with his next game played
  • Winger Scott Walker is one assist shy of 200 for his NHL career
  • Defenseman David Tanabe is two points shy of 100 NHL points
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour is three assists shy of 200 Hurricanes assists
  • Left wing Ray Whitney is four assists shy of 400 for his NHL career and four points shy of 100 Hurricanes points

CURRENT STREAKS

  • Goaltender Cam Ward has won his last five games (12/16-12/29)
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour has earned points in each of the last five games (12/22-12/28: 3g, 5a)

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

  • The Hurricanes are 1-1-3-1 in their last six meetings against Philadelphia at the RBC Center. The Hurricanes scored their lone win in that span by an 8-6 score on Oct. 28, 2005, behind Eric Staal’s first NHL hat trick.
  • Carolina posts a 3-3-4 record in its last 10 games against Philadelphia, with five of the 10 games ending in overtime or a shootout.
  • Former Flyers winger and now Hurricanes leading goal scorer Justin Williams leads all NHLers (through games of Dec. 29) with 10 regular-season game-winning goals in calendar year 2006, one ahead of San Jose Sharks sniper Jonathan Cheechoo.
  • The Carolina Hurricanes post a 17-8-2 record with defenseman Andrew Hutchinson in the lineup.
  • This season, Carolina’s penalty kill has gone 165-for-190 (86.8%) in 36 games with Rod Brind’Amour in the lineup and went 17-for-27 (63.0%) in the four games Brind’Amour missed in December.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 11-5-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-10-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 38-of-233 (16.3%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 182-of-217 (83.9%)

INJURY REPORT

  • Defenseman Tim Gleason, broken foot, injured reserve, out one month, missed 3 games
  • Center Kevyn Adams, wrist, missed 6 games
  • Forward Andrew Ladd, appendix, missed 8 games
  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle, shoulder, out, missed 40 games

HURRICANES PRACTICE SCHEDULE

DECEMBER
Practice Type
Time
Location
Sun., Dec. 31
Pregame Skate
10:30 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Mon., Jan. 1
Team Practice
11:00 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Tues., Jan. 2
Pregame Skate
11:30 a.m.
Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Wed., Jan. 3
Team Practice
12:00 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Thurs., Jan. 4
Pregame Skate
10:30 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Fri., Jan. 5
Team Practice
11:00 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Sat., Jan. 6
Pregame Skate
10:30 a.m.
RecZone, Raleigh
Sun., Jan. 7
Team Practice
11:00 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Mon., Jan. 8
Team Practice
TBD
RBC Center, Raleigh
Tues., Jan. 9
Pregame Skate
11:30 a.m.
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Wed., Jan. 10
Team Practice
12:00 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Thurs., Jan. 11
Pregame Skate
10:30 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Fri., Jan. 12
Team Practice
11:00 a.m.
RecZone, Raleigh

*All times are local… Times and locations subject to change

AGAINST THE FLYERS
Tuesday’s game marks the second of four 2006-07 meetings between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Philadelphia Flyers. Carolina and Philadelphia will next meet on Feb. 22 at the RBC Center before closing out the season series at Philadelphia on March 28. Last season, three of the four meetings between the clubs went into overtime, with two of those games ending in a shootout. The Flyers had a shootout win on March 8 at Wachovia Center and an overtime win at the RBC Center on Dec. 29, while the Hurricanes won an 8-6 thriller at the RBC Center on Oct. 28, and scored a 4-3 shootout win in Philadelphia on Jan. 17. The Hurricanes post a 25-48-13-3 all-time record against the Flyers, with a 14-21-10-1 home record and a 11-27-6-2 record in Philadelphia.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

CAROLINA HURRICANES
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Skaters
GP
G
A
PTS
Brind'Amour
36
13
31
44
Whitney
40
14
28
42
Williams
40
19
19
38
Skaters
GP
G
A
PTS
Gagne
37
19
11
30
Knuble
31
14
10
24
Forsberg
25
7
13
20
Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
Ward
30
2.78
18-9-3
.900
Grahame
11
3.19
3-6-1
.896
Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
Esche
9
5.13
3-4-0
.845
Niittymaki
32
3.28
6-20-4
.895

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