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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers

Tuesday, 01.16.2007 / 11:14 AM / News
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers
HURRICANES AIM TO STOP GETTING SHUT OUT IN SHOOTOUTS

RALEIGH, N.C. (JAN 15, 2007) - There was a lot of news about Carolina's injured defenseman at Monday's practice. For the first time in recent memory, none of it was bad.

Both Glen Wesley and Tim Gleason practiced with the team on Monday, with Head Coach Peter Laviolette listing them as "possible" for Tuesday night's game in Florida. Frank Kaberle is still targeting the end of the month for his return, although Monday marked the first time all season that he wasn't wearing his blue "don't hit me" jersey at practice.

In all, nine defensemen skated at Monday's practice. Compare that to a few weeks ago, when the Hurricanes couldn't even find six healthy ones for a game.

Those nine defensemen didn't have to work too hard for the latter portion of that practice, which was devoted entirely to improving on shootouts. The Hurricanes lost in a shootout Saturday night against Atlanta, dropping a valuable point to the team they are chasing in the Southeast Division.

After losing such an important game in that fashion, it's no wonder the Carolina coaching staff doesn't want it to happen again.

"Like anything, you work on it," said Laviolette, whose team dropped to 0-3 on shootouts this season. "You don't know what needs work until things aren't working. When something grabs your attention, then you go back on the ice and you work on trying to execute and become better at it."

The prolonged breakaway drill wasn't just designed to allow the shooters to practice new moves. Goaltender Cam Ward says that shootouts present a unique situation unlike any found in an actual game.

"That's something that I've had a little bit of trouble with so far this year," said Ward. "Shootouts are different than a breakaway in a normal game just because the guy has so much time and it's kind of a different pace. It's just something you've got to work on."

For players and coaches who prepare for every facet of the game, losing in a shootout can be especially frustrating because it awards a point to the team that is better in only one of those facets - breakaways.

"Games like that could go either way," said Hurricanes center Eric Staal of the loss to Atlanta. "That's what it's about, and it's tough that way. It was a good game and I thought we played well, so it was tough to lose that way.'

The shootout originated last year in an attempt to eliminate ties and make the game more appealing to fans. However, the fans themselves might not like it as much as they used to.

According to two fan polls conducted on Carolinahurricanes.com, one on Oct. 17th, 2005 and another on Jan. 15th, 2007, fan support for the shootout has dropped considerably. Two weeks into the shootout's existence last season, 78 percent of fans said they liked them. Through 817 votes on the current poll, only 56 percent say they are in favor of it now.

Of course, the fact that last year's poll was conducted when the Hurricanes were 1-0 in shootouts and this year's was conducted when the team was 0-3 and fresh of the Atlanta loss certainly plays a factor.

Cam Ward summed up that phenomenon best.

"I tell you, after [Saturday] night's game I hate them, but I'd probably say something different if we won," he said. You win them, you love them. You lose them, you hate them."

Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
BankAtlantic Center * Sunrise, FL
Hurricanes: 24-18-5 (53 pts.) 2nd Southeast Division
Panthers:
17-21-9 (43 pts.), 5th Southeast Division

TOMORROW’S GAME
The Carolina Hurricanes continue their stretch of seven consecutive games against Southeast Division opponents on Tuesday at Florida (7:30 p.m., FSN South HD, Hurricanes Radio Network). Carolina has earned points in each of its last four games, going 3-0-1 against the New York Isladers, at Toronto, against Florida and against Atlanta, with the lone blemish being Saturday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Thrashers. The Hurricanes return to Raleigh following Tuesday’s game to finish out their pre-All Star break schedule against Washington on Thursday and against Tampa Bay on Saturday.

MILESTONE WATCH

  • Center Eric Belanger is two assists shy of 100 for his NHL career

CURRENT STREAKS

  • Goaltender Cam Ward has started each of the Hurricanes last eight games (12/29-1/13)
  • Left wing Ray Whitney has points in four straight games (1/6-1/13: 2g, 4a)
  • Winger Erik Cole has earned assists and points in two straight games (1/11-1/13: 1g, 3a)
  • Defenseman Anton Babchuk has earned assists and points in two straight games (1/11-1/13: 0g, 2a)

Television: FSN South (HD)
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 in the midst of seven straight games are against Southeast Division opponents. Carolina currently posts an 11-3-1 record against Southeast Division foes after going 18-11-3 against the division in 2005-06. The Hurricanes began this stretch of divisional games with a 6-4 win against Florida on Jan. 11, and suffered a 4-3 shootout loss against Atlanta on Jan. 13.
  • Carolina has not lost a divisional game on the road since Oct. 26, scoring four straight road wins against Southeast Division foes. The Hurricanes’ three divisional losses have all come on the road – Oct. 7 at Washington (2-5), Oct. 11 at Florida (3-6) and Oct. 26 at Tampa Bay (1-5).
  • On this date: On Jan. 16, 2002, the Hurricanes acquired defenseman Bret Hedican, center Kevyn Adams and defenseman Tomas Malec from Florida in exchange for defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh and center Byron Ritchie. The Hurricanes franchise posts a 5-4-1 all-time record in games played on Jan. 16, including a 2-1-0 record since the team relocated to North Carolina. The franchise’s last regulation loss in a Jan. 16 game occurred in 1993, an 8-3 Hartford loss at Vancouver. Two of the franchise’s four losses on Jan. 16 came in overtime, prior to a point being awarded for overtime losses.
  • The Hurricanes’ power play is 18-for-86 (20.9%) with left wing Cory Stillman in the lineup, and 26-for-187 (13.9%) without him.
  • This season, Carolina’s penalty kill has gone 193-for-222 (86.9%) in 43 games with Rod Brind’Amour in the lineup and went 17-for-27 (63.0%) in the four games Brind’Amour missed in December.

ONE WILD NIGHT
Jan. 11, 2007
Hurricanes 6, Florida 4

The Carolina Hurricanes scored six third-period goals to tie the franchise record for goals scored in the third period (Dec. 27, 1981) and to bounce back from a 3-0 deficit and take two points from division rival Florida at the RBC Center. Chad LaRose opened the third-period onslaught 1:40 into the period when his shot was partially blocked by a Panthers defender, but managed to find the net behind Florida netminder Alex Auld. With the floodgates then opened, Erik Cole, Scott Walker, Cory Stillman and Craig Adams eached scored in the next 8:22 to give the Hurricanes a 5-3 lead. Olli Jokinen scored his second of the game with 56 seconds remaining before Ray Whitney sealed the deal with an empty-net goal at 19:47 to give Carolina a 6-4 win. Cam Ward started the game for Carolina, and allowed just three goals despite the Hurricanes being out shot 31-14 in the game’s first two periods. Ward was replaced by John Grahame who made six saves on seven shots in the third period to earn the win.

RECORD BOOK NOTEABLES:

RECORD PREVIOUS RECORD JAN. 11, 2007 RESULT
Fastest Five Goals (franchise history) 7:32 (Oct. 25, 1983, third period) 8:22 (50 seconds shy of franchise record)
Most Goals in a Period (franchise history) 7 (twice, most recent: Oct. 19, 1985, first period) 6 (third period) (one shy of franchise record)
Most Goals in a Third Period (franchise history) 6 (Dec. 27, 1981) 6 (tied franchise record)
Most Goals in a period (Carolina history ’97-’07) 5 (twice, most recent: March 4, 2006, first per) 6 (third period) (new Carolina record)
Last three-goal comeback to win (reg. season) Nov. 5, 1998 (trailed 3-0, won 6-3 at NYI) Trailed 3-0, won 6-4

CAROLINA AT HOME: 13-7-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 11-11-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 44-of-273 (16.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 211-of-250 (84.4%)

INJURY REPORT

  • Defenseman Glen Wesley, lower body, day-to-day, missed 4 games
  • Defenseman Bret Hedican, illness/finger surgery, injured reserve, out 3-4 weeks, missed 6 games
  • Defenseman Tim Gleason, broken foot, injured reserve, out one month, missed 10 games
  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle, shoulder, out, missed 47 games

HURRICANES PRACTICE SCHEDULE

DECEMBER
Practice Type
Time
Location
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
Sun., Jan. 28
Off
Mon., Jan. 29
Team Practice
11:00 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Tues., Jan. 30
Pregame Skate
10:30 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Wed., Jan. 31
Team Practice
10:30 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh

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

AGAINST THE PANTHERS

Tuesday marks the fifth of eight 2006-07 regular-season meetings between the Hurricanes and the Panthers, the third of four meetings between the teams this season at BankAtlantic Center. The teams will not meet again until March 13 at the RBC Center, and will round-out their season series with two April contests, April 1 at Florida and April 7 in Raleigh.

The teams last met on Jan. 11 at the RBC Center, as Carolina scored six goals in the third period for a 6-4 come-from-behind win. The Hurricanes won both ends of a home-and-home set against Florida that book-ended the NHL’s two-day holiday break, taking a 3-2 overtime win at BankAtlantic Center on Dec. 23, and a 4-2 win at the RBC Center on Dec. 26. The Panthers won the teams’ first meeting this season by a 6-3 score at BankAtlantic Center on Oct. 11.

Last season the Hurricanes posted a 6-1-1 record in eight games against the Panthers, and went 4-0-0 in the teams’ four meetings at the RBC Center. Eric Staal led all scorers with 11 points (4g, 7a) in the eight-game season series, while Olli Jokinen posted 10 points (5g, 5a) for Florida. The Hurricanes hold a 29-21-12-1 all-time record against the Panthers, with a 19-9-3 home mark and a 10-12-9-1 record in South Florida.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

CAROLINA HURRICANES
FLORIDA PANTHERS
Skaters
GP
G
A
PTS
Whitney
47
18
32
50
Brind'Amour
43
13
37
50
Williams
47
22
20
42
Cole
47
19
23
42
Skaters
GP
G
A
PTS
Jokinen
47
21
28
49
Horton
47
14
22
36
Stumpel
47
11
23
34
Roberts
41
12
15
27
Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
Ward
37
2.77
20-12-4
.903
Grahame
12
3.19
4-6-1
.895
Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
Belfour
26
2.71
10-9-4
.900
Auld
25
3.25
7-12-5
.893

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 20 14 4 2 72 46 30
3 NYI 21 15 6 0 69 57 30
4 TBL 22 14 6 2 77 60 30
5 DET 21 11 5 5 59 52 27
6 BOS 23 13 9 1 59 57 27
7 TOR 21 11 8 2 67 63 24
8 OTT 21 10 7 4 58 56 24
9 NYR 20 9 7 4 57 58 22
10 WSH 20 9 8 3 56 54 21
11 NJD 22 9 10 3 53 63 21
12 FLA 19 7 6 6 41 51 20
13 PHI 20 8 9 3 57 61 19
14 CAR 20 6 11 3 48 62 15
15 CBJ 21 6 13 2 51 76 14
16 BUF 21 6 13 2 36 70 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Nash 20 4 11 1 15
E. Staal 15 6 7 -6 13
J. Faulk 20 2 10 -8 12
J. Skinner 16 5 6 -4 11
J. Tlusty 20 8 2 -11 10
E. Lindholm 20 6 4 -3 10
N. Gerbe 16 2 6 3 8
A. Sekera 19 0 8 -3 8
C. Terry 17 4 3 1 7
V. Rask 20 3 2 -7 5
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 6 7 1 .903 2.71
A. Khudobin 0 4 2 .898 2.97