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BACK-TO-BACK GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs./at Washington Capitals

Friday, 01.26.2007 / 9:22 AM ET / News
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BACK-TO-BACK GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs.\/at Washington Capitals
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals
Friday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center * Raleigh, NC
Saturday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. (ET)
Verizon Center * Washington, DC
Hurricanes: 25-19-6 (56 pts.) 2nd Southeast Division
Capitals:
20-21-7 (47 pts.), 4th Southeast Division

BACK-TO-BACK, HOME-AND-HOME GAMES
The Carolina Hurricanes return from the NHL’s All-Star break to take on the Washington Capitals on Friday at the RBC Center (7 p.m., FSN South HD, Hurricanes Radio Network) in the first game of a back-to-back, home-and-home series between the clubs. The teams will travel to Washington following Friday’s game for a Saturday evening meeting at the Verizon Center (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). Carolina has earned points in six of its last seven games, going 4-1-2 against the New York Islanders, at Toronto, against Florida, against Atlanta, at Florida, against Washington and against Tampa Bay, with the lone regulation loss coming 5-2 against the Capitals on Jan. 18.

MILESTONE WATCH

  • Defenseman David Tanabe played his 400th NHL game, Jan. 20 vs. Tampa Bay
  • Winger Erik Cole is one goal shy of 100 for his NHL/Hurricanes career
  • Center Eric Belanger is one assist shy of 100 for his NHL career

CURRENT STREAKS

  • Left wing Ray Whitney has points in seven straight games (1/6-1/20: 3g, 6a)
  • Center Eric Staal has goals and points in two straight games (1/18-1/20: 3g, 0a)

Television: FSN South (Friday's game in high definition)
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 against Southeast Division opponents. Carolina currently posts a 12-4-2 record against Southeast Division foes after going 18-11-3 against the division in 2005-06.
  • The Hurricanes have gone 8-1-2 in their last nine games against division opponents, with the lone regulation loss being the 5-2 loss to Washington on Jan. 18. That loss also marked Carolina’s lone regulation loss to a divisional opponent at home this season.
  • At the 2007 All-Star Game, Eric Staal and Justin Williams each found the net in the Eastern Conference’s 12-9 loss to the Western Conference. It marked the first time in franchise history that two players from the Carolina franchise have earned a point in an All-Star Game. Williams also added an assist in the All-Star Game as he set up Staal’s goal.
  • The Hurricanes’ power play is 21-for-99 (21.2%) with left wing Cory Stillman in the lineup, and 26-for-187 (13.9%) without him.
  • This season, Carolina’s penalty kill has gone 198-for-229 (86.5%) in 46 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: 13-8-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 12-11-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 47-of-286 (16.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 216-of-257 (84.0%)

INJURY REPORT

  • Defenseman Niclas Wallin, lower body, day-to-day, missed 1 game
  • Defenseman Bret Hedican, illness/finger surgery, injured reserve, out 3-4 weeks, missed 9 games
  • Defenseman Tim Gleason, broken foot, injured reserve, out one month, missed 13 games
  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle, shoulder, out, missed 50 games

HURRICANES PRACTICE SCHEDULE

DECEMBER
Practice Type
Time
Location
Fri., Jan. 26
Pregame Skate
10:30 a.m.
RBC Center, Raleigh
Sat., Jan. 27
Pregame Skate
11:30 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 CAPITALS

Friday marks the fifth of eight 2006-07 regular-season meetings between the Hurricanes and the Capitals, and the second of three meetings between the teams in a nine-day span. The teams will complete a back-to-back, home-and-home series against each other Saturday night at the Verizon Center.

Washington took the teams’ first meeting of the season on Oct. 7 at the Verizon Center by a 5-2 margin, and the Hurricanes returned the favor by taking the teams’ second game on Nov. 9 at the RBC Center by a 5-0 score. Carolina scored a 4-1 win in the teams’ meeting on Nov. 17 in Washington, but the Caps struck back with a 5-2 win at the RBC Center on Jan. 18. The Hurricanes posted a 5-3-0 record in eight contests against Washington in 2005-06, with Captain Rod Brind'Amour leading all scorers in the series with 11 points (6g, 5a). Dainius Zubrus (5g, 5a) and Alex Ovechkin (3g, 7a) led all Capitals scorers with 10 points each in last season's series. The Hurricanes post a 36-57-14-1 all-time record against the Capitals, including an 18-26-10-1 home record and a 18-31-4 road record.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

CAROLINA HURRICANES
WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Skaters
GP
G
A
PTS
Whitney
50
19
34
53
Brind'Amour
46
13
39
52
Williams
50
23
22
45
Cole
50
21
24
45
Skaters
GP
G
A
PTS
Ovechkin
48
29
36
65
Semin
44
27
20
47
Zubrus
45
17
24
41
Clark
46
19
17
36
Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
Ward
38
2.82
20-12-5
.901
Grahame
14
3.07
5-7-1
.895
Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
Johnson
14
3.69
4-6-3
.889
Kolzig
37
3.12
16-15-4
.910

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62