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Game Day: Hurricanes vs. Rangers

Monday, 03.9.2009 / 12:06 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Game Day: Hurricanes vs. Rangers
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With a combined scoring margin of 20-6, the last three games went about as well as they possibly could for the Hurricanes.

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While they’ll certainly be hoping for another win tonight on home ice against the New York Rangers, coach Paul Maurice and company don’t expect it to be another blowout like they’ve been enjoying lately. The Rangers are just one point ahead of the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and with each team in the hunt seemingly unable to lose a game of any kind at the moment, head-to-head match-ups like this one leave plenty on the line.

“This is the first of a stretch now where it’s almost as close to playoff hockey as you’re going to get,” said Maurice. “The teams that you’re playing have something to play for and they’re fighting just like you are. We’re not expecting a six-goal second period against this team. It’s going to be a grind.”

Despite Scott Walker returning for the morning skate and Brandon Sutter returning from his conditioning stint in Albany (although he hadn’t yet arrived this morning), Maurice said tonight’s lineup would probably be the same as it was on Saturday against Tampa Bay. That leaves a fourth line of Dwight Helminen, Tim Conboy and Michael Ryan, with Frantisek Kaberle and Ryan Bayda healthy extras.

The team is being very cautious with Walker, who admitted he wasn’t feeling too well after a collision with Calgary’s Robyn Regehr on Friday. While feeling somewhat better now, he conceded that he was still “a little slow.” Walker skated an average of just 4:20 in two games since returning from a concussion.

Going back to Saturday’s game, the list of personal and team records is a long one. Here’s an excerpt from tonight’s game notes, which does a nice job of rounding them up.

The Game
The Carolina Hurricanes and its players set or tied several regularly-kept season records, Hurricanes records (since the team’s relocation in 1997) and franchise records in their 9-3 win at Tampa Bay on March 7.

  • Carolina’s nine goals marked the most goals for the team since relocation. The Hurricanes had scored eight goals in a game three times prior to that record being bested.
  • The nine goals also matched a franchise record for goals scored on the road, accomplished three other times
  • The Hurricanes’ six-goal win was their largest margin of victory this season
  • Carolina’s six goals in the second period of the game were its most this season, and tied the highest single-period goal output for the team since relocation, matching its six goals in the third period of its game against Florida on Jan. 11, 2007
  • The Hurricanes’ 21 shots in the second period tied the season high for shots in a period (Jan. 31 v. ATL, 1st period)
  • Eric Staal’s four goals in the game set a Hurricanes record. Carolina players had notched 31 three-goal games since the team’s relocation, but Staal’s four-goal game was the first since the team’s relocation. It tied the franchise record of four goals in a game, previously accomplished by only Jordy Douglas on Feb. 3, 1980, and now Associate Head Coach Ron Francis on Feb. 12, 1984.
  • Staal’s four goals marked the first time in franchise history a player has scored four goals in a road game
  • Staal’s six points set a Hurricanes record and tied the franchise record, previously accomplished three times – Paul Lawless on 1/4/87 (2g, 4a); Ron Francis on 3/5/87 (6a); Ron Francis on 10/8/89 (3g, 3a)
  • Erik Cole’s four assists tied the Hurricanes record, accomplished three other times
  • Cole’s three assists in the second period tied the season record and the Hurricanes record, matching Sergei Samsonov’s same accomplishment from earlier this season on 2/7 at Phoenix; Hurricanes players have earned three assists in a period eight times
  • Staal’s four points in the second period tied the Hurricanes record set by Ray Whitney in the second period on Feb. 8, 2007

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72