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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs

Tuesday, 01.09.2007 / 12:14 PM / News
Carolina Hurricanes

'CANES HOPE TO KEEP THE GOALS COMING

With his team scoring exactly zero goals in two games, Head Coach Peter Laviolette decided to shake things up a bit on offense.

In order to get more out of Eric Staal and Erik Cole, Laviolette split the normally dynamic duo - a strange sight for those accustomed to watching them play the last few years. Against the Islanders on Saturday night, Staal centered a line with Justin Williams and Scott Walker, while Cole played wing with Rod Brind'Amour and Ray Whitney.

The move paid immediate dividends for both players.

Cole scored two big goals in the second period, the second of which would prove to be the game winner, and drew several penalties and a penalty shot in an active first period. Staal scored his first goal since Dec. 16 in Tampa Bay, breaking a nine-game drought.

Not that it wasn't obvious from his ear-to-ear smile and thankful gaze towards the heavens, but Staal said he was relieved to finally put one home.

"Well it had been a few games since I had last put one in the back of the net, so it was nice to get that off my back," he said. "I was pressing a little bit harder than I would have liked the last few games but I've been feeling good on the ice the last few so hopefully I can get it rolling from now."

Cole was equally pleased with the way the change had worked out.

"Our offense was pretty stale, so they switched up the lines to try to create something," he said. "Obviously we got some scoring, so hopefully it will stay that way for the next couple of games barring any injuries"

There does figure to be a bit more shaking up in the immediate future, but not due to injuries. Kevyn Adams' departure to Phoenix means that there should be more room for young Andrew Ladd, who practiced on a line with Staal and Williams Monday.

Facing the prospect of playing a second straight game with only five defensemen, the Hurricanes hope that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who was acquired in the Adams trade, will be able to join the team in Toronto Tuesday night.

However, he faces some difficult travel in order to be able to do so.

Seidenberg, a two-time Olympian with the German national team, was in Dallas with the Coyotes when he heard of the trade and must stop in Phoenix to pick up his passport before he can fly to Toronto.

"He's working to get in there," said Laviolette. "He's got to go back and get his passport, he's taking a red-eye tonight and getting there at 7 in the morning, so somehow along the way he's got to find some rest and sleep."

Whoever is playing, the Hurricanes hope the changes, along with the renewed confidence that comes with knowing that they can and will score goals, will lead to their second straight win against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

"We just want to win games," said Staal. "Whatever the coach puts together for us to play with we're going to do our best to get the job done. It worked last game, and guys stepped up with some big goals. We'll take them, and we'll get the wins when we can."


Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Air Canada Center * Toronto, Ont.
Hurricanes: 22-18-4 (48 pts.) 2nd Southeast Division
Maple Leafs:
19-18-6 (44 pts.), 4th Northeast Division

TOMORROW'S GAME
The Carolina Hurricanes hit the road for a Tuesday evening match up against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre (7:30 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes will return to Raleigh following Tuesday's game to begin a two-game home stand against divisional opponents. Carolina will play host to the Florida Panthers on Thursday (7 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network) and the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday (7 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network).

Broadcast Note: The opposing teams' telecasts of the Hurricanes' next three games will be available via the NHL's CenterIce package, and, as always, fans can tune into the Hurricanes Radio Network broadcasts of each game featuring Hall of Fame broadcaster Chuck Kaiton. The Hurricanes will return to FSN South with a high-definition telecast of the game at Florida on Jan. 16.

MILESTONE WATCH

  • Winger Scott Walker earned his 200th NHL assist, Jan. 6 vs. NY Islanders
  • Left wing Ray Whitney earned his 100th point with the Hurricanes with his second assist, Jan. 6 vs. NY Islanders
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour is one assist shy of 200 Hurricanes assists
  • Left wing Ray Whitney is two assists shy of 400 for his NHL career
  • Defenseman David Tanabe is one point shy of 100 NHL points

CURRENT STREAKS

  • Goaltender Cam Ward has started each of the Hurricanes last five games (12/29-1/6)

Television: No Carolina telecast (TSN's telecast available via CenterIce)
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

  • Carolina's last win at the Air Canada Center came on Feb. 23, 2004, as the Hurricanes and goaltender Kevin Weekes scored a 2-1 win against the Maple Leafs and then-Toronto netminder Mikael Tellqvist. Only six players from the Hurricanes' lineup that night are expected to be in the team?s lineup on Tuesday (Wallin, Williams, Staal, Brind'Amour, Cole and Craig Adams).
  • The Hurricanes post a 4-3-2-1 record in their last 10 games against the Maple Leafs, with Carolina's most recent win coming by a 4-3 score on Nov. 25, 2005 at the RBC Center.
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour leads all Hurricanes skaters in career scoring against Toronto having posted 30 points (12g, 18a) in 48 career games against the Maple Leafs. Winger Ray Whitney is tied with Brind'Amour in career goals against Toronto, having scored 12 goals in 28 career games against the Leafs.
  • The Hurricanes' power play is 15-for-70 (21.4%) with left wing Cory Stillman in the lineup, and 26-for-187 (13.9%) without him.
  • This season, Carolina's penalty kill has gone 183-for-210 (87.1%) in 40 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: 12-7-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-11-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 41-of-257 (16.0%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 200-of-237 (84.4%)

INJURY REPORT

  • Defenseman Glen Wesley, lower body, day-to-day, missed 1 game
  • Defenseman Bret Hedican, illness/finger surgery, injured reserve, out 3-4 weeks, missed 3 games
  • Defenseman Tim Gleason, broken foot, injured reserve, out one month, missed 7 games
  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle, shoulder, out, missed 44 games

HURRICANES PRACTICE SCHEDULE

DECEMBER
Practice Type
Time
Location
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
Sat., Jan. 13
Pregame Skate
10:30 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Sun., Jan. 14
Team Practice
11:00 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Mon., Jan.15
Team Practice
11:00 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Tues., Jan. 16
Pregame Skate
11:30 a.m.
BankAtlantic Center, Florida
Wed., Jan. 17
Team Practice
12:00 p.m.
RecZone, Raleigh
Thurs., Jan. 18
Pregame Skate
10:30 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Fri., Jan. 19
Team Practice
11:00 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Sat., Jan. 20
Pregame Skate
TBD
RecZone, Raleigh
Jan. 21-24
Off (All-Star Break)
Thurs., Jan. 25
Team Practice
5:00 p.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Fri., Jan. 26
Pregame Skate
10:30 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Sat., Jan. 27
Pregame Skate
11:20 a.m.
Verizon Center, Washington

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

AGAINST THE MAPLE LEAFS

Tuesday's game marks the second of four regular-season meetings between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and marks the first of two meetings between the clubs this season at the Air Canada Center. The Maple Leafs scored a 4-3 win in the teams' first meeting this season on Dec. 15 in Raleigh. Last season, the Hurricanes posted a 2-1-1 record in the teams' four meetings, winning both games at the RBC Center by 4-3 scores. The Maple Leafs scored 5-4 overtime win on Oct. 20, 2005, and a 3-2 win on March 21 in the two games at the Air Canada Center. The Hurricanes post a 38-27-12-1 all-time record against the Maple Leafs, with a 20-13-6-1 home mark and an 18-14-6 record in Toronto.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

CAROLINA HURRICANES
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Skaters
GP
G
A
PTS
Whitney
44
16
30
46
Brind'Amour
40
13
33
46
Williams
44
20
20
40
Skaters
GP
G
A
PTS
Sundin
36
18
21
39
Kaberle
43
8
29
37
McCabe
43
8
25
33
Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
Ward
34
2.78
19-12-3
.901
Grahame
11
3.19
3-6-1
.896
Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
Raycroft
34
3.02
17-13-4
.896
Aubin
13
3.45
2-4-2
.881

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 PIT 21 15 4 2 76 49 32
3 NYI 22 16 6 0 72 59 32
4 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
5 DET 22 12 5 5 64 54 29
6 BOS 23 13 9 1 59 57 27
7 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
8 OTT 21 10 7 4 58 56 24
9 FLA 20 8 6 6 42 51 22
10 WSH 21 9 8 4 58 57 22
11 NYR 21 9 8 4 60 62 22
12 NJD 22 9 10 3 53 63 21
13 PHI 21 8 10 3 59 66 19
14 CAR 21 6 12 3 48 63 15
15 CBJ 21 6 13 2 51 76 14
16 BUF 22 6 14 2 37 72 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Nash 21 4 11 0 15
E. Staal 16 6 7 -6 13
J. Faulk 21 2 10 -9 12
J. Skinner 17 5 6 -4 11
J. Tlusty 21 8 2 -11 10
E. Lindholm 21 6 4 -4 10
N. Gerbe 17 2 6 2 8
A. Sekera 20 0 8 -4 8
C. Terry 17 4 3 1 7
V. Rask 21 3 2 -7 5
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 6 8 1 .907 2.61
A. Khudobin 0 4 2 .898 2.97