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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Atlanta Thrashers

Sunday, 03.4.2007 / 11:48 AM ET / News
By Ken Preston
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Atlanta Thrashers

Carolina Hurricanes at Atlanta Thrashers
Sunday, March 4, 2 p.m. (ET)
Philips Arena * Atlanta, GA
Hurricanes: 33-27-7 (73 pts.) 3rd Southeast Division; 8th Eastern Conference
Thrashers:
33-23-10 (76 pts.), 2nd Atlantic Division; 6th Eastern Conference

TOMORROW’S GAME
The Carolina Hurricanes make their fourth and final visit to Atlanta’s Philips Arena for a Sunday matinee against the Thrashers (2 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes enter Sunday’s play with 73 points, three points behind the Thrashers for second place in the Southeast Division standings. Nine of Carolina’s final 15 regular-season games are against Southeast Division opponents with two games against Atlanta, three against Florida, two against division-leader Tampa Bay and two against Washington.

MILESTONE WATCH

  • Left wing Cory Stillman played his 100th Hurricanes game, March 2 vs. Pittsburgh
  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle is two games shy of 400 NHL games played
  • Defenseman Glen Wesley is two assists shy of 400 for his NHL career

CURRENT STREAKS

  • None.

AGAINST THE THRASHERS
Saturday marks the seventh of eight 2006-07 regular-season meetings between the Hurricanes and the Thrashers, and the third of three games in a 12-day span between the Southeast Division rivals. The Hurricanes took the teams’ first meeting at Atlanta on Oct. 13, a 4-3 regulation win on Ray Whitney’s last-second goal. Carolina and Atlanta went to overtime in their second meeting on Oct. 25 at the RBC Center before Hurricanes defenseman Anton Babchuk broke the 4-4 tie 1:11 into the extra frame. The Hurricanes scored a 5-2 win at Philips Arena on Nov. 1 before Atlanta took a 4-3 shootout win at the RBC Center on Jan. 13. The Thrashers scored a 3-1 win at the RBC Center on Feb. 20 before Carolina scored a 4-1 win in the teams’ most recent meeting, Feb. 24 at Philips Arena.

Last season, the Hurricanes posted a 4-4-0 record in eight games against the Thrashers, scoring two wins at home and two on the road, including one in overtime. Justin Williams (4g, 5a) and Rod Brind’Amour (1g, 8a) led all Hurricanes scorers in the eight-game season series while Ilya Kovalchuk paced the Thrashers with 12 points (9g, 3a). The Hurricanes post a 26-8-5-1 all-time record against the Thrashers, including a 13-5-2 home mark and a 13-3-3-1 record at Philips Arena.

Television: No Carolina telecast (Pittsburgh’s FSN Pittsburgh telecast available via NHL Center Ice)

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 enter Sunday’s play with 73 points, trailing Tampa Bay and Atlanta (76 points) in the Southeast Division standings. Following Friday’s win against Pittsburgh, the Hurricanes held the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings, tied in points with the NY Islanders, one point ahead of Montreal and two points ahead of Toronto, all of whom played on Saturday.

  • Left wing Ray Whitney has earned points in 18 of Carolina’s last 24 games, scoring 11 goals and earning 18 assists (29 points) dating back to Jan. 6. Whitney picked up multiple assists in four of those games, earning two helpers on Jan. 6 against the NY Islanders, Jan. 9 at Toronto and Feb. 8 at Boston, and three assists on Jan. 26 against Washington.

  • It is impossible to divide the 82-game NHL schedule into perfect thirds, but when looking at the first 27 games of the season, Carolina went 14-10-3. In the next 28 games (games 28-55), the Hurricanes posted a 12-12-4 record, and the team has started the final third of the season 7-5-0 (27 games; games 56-82).

  • While the Hurricanes have won just eight games in their last 19 outings, the team has won seven of its last 12 games and earned points in 15 of its last 24 games, going 12-9-3 since Jan. 6, and earning 27 of a possible 48 points in that span.

  • The Hurricanes’ penalty kill has not allowed a power-play goal in seven straight games, going 24-for-24 since Feb. 17.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 17-13-4
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 16-14-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 57-of-370 (15.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 279-of-333 (83.8%)

INJURY REPORT

  • Defenseman Bret Hedican, lower body, day-to-day, missed one game
  • Winger Erik Cole, muscle tear, injured reserve, out 3-4 weeks, missed six games

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