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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NASHVILLE

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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NASHVILLE

CAROLINA HURRICANES (11-7-4-3, 29 pts.)
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NASHVILLE PREDATORS (4-11-4-4, 16 pts.)
Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Gaylord Entertainment Center



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to Nashville to take on the Predators at Gaylord Entertainment Center. The Hurricanes won back-back games this past weekend against Detroit and Columbus. Carolina defeated the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings at the RBC Center 6-4 on Friday in a rematch of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. The Hurricanes then traveled to Columbus, where they defeated the Blue Jackets 4-2 on Saturday night at Nationwide Arena. Carolina is in the midst of four consecutive sets of back-to-back games. The Hurricanes play at Florida on Wednesday night. The Hurricanes are 6-2-0-0 in back-to-back games with a 4-0-0-0 record in the front half and a 2-2-0-0 record in the back half of back-to-back games. Carolina plays a total of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season. Carolina has lost just four times in regulation in its last 20 games. All but five of the Hurricanes' last 20 opponents participated in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Second-year forward Erik Cole notched a pair of goals against Columbus on Saturday night and now has 10 points (6g, 4a) in the last seven games. Cole was named a runner-up for NHL Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 23-29, totaling seven points (4g, 3a) and registering a (+5) rating in three games. Carolina captain Ron Francis scored his 523rd career NHL goal against Columbus on Saturday, surpassing Pat Verbeek for 23rd on the NHL’s all-time list. Francis will tie Bryan Trottier (524) for 22nd all-time in goal scoring with his next goal. Goaltender Kevin Weekes was placed on Injured Reserve on Saturday after suffering a concussion against Detroit on Friday night. Jean-Marc Pelletier was recalled from Lowell of the American Hockey League to serve as backup to Arturs Irbe.

PRACTICE TIMES

Dec. 3 Tuesday Gaylord Entertainment Center 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 4 Wednesday National Car Rental Center 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 5 Thursday RBC Center TBA
Dec. 6 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 7 Saturday Corel Centre 11:30 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net (NC & SC)
Radio: WKIX 102.3 FM (Goldsboro); WKXU 101.1 FM (Raleigh); WDTF 570-AM (Raleigh); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WDLZ 98.3-FM (Murfreesboro); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem); WRUP 97.9-FM (New Bern/Morehead City); WSTK 910-AM (Jacksonville); WNMX 106.1 (Charlotte); WCNC 1240-AM (Elizabeth City); WZBO 1260-AM (Edenton)
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES
The Hurricanes have won two straight and are currently in their fifth of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season. Carolina is 6-2-0-0 in back-to-back games with a 4-0-0-0 record in the front half and a 2-2-0-0 record in the back half of back-to-back games. Erik Cole netted two goals at Columbus Saturday night and now has 10 points (6g, 4a) in his last seven games. Jan Hlavac has tallied 10 points (5g, 5a) in 12 games since he was acquired from Vancouver on Nov. 1.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 7-3-4-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 4-4-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 29-of-160 (18.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 119-of-138 (86.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Josef Vasicek missed the game at Columbus Detroit (11/30) due to back spasms. He is day-to-day. Kevin Weekes missed the game at Columbus (11/30) due to a concussion. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Nov. 29.

CAROLINA / NASHVILLE NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Nashville Predators meet Tuesday night for the only time this season. The Hurricanes and Predators played to a 2-2 tie in their only meeting last season, on Jan. 23 in Raleigh. Bates Battaglia and Shane Willis scored the goals for the Hurricanes in the game and Arturs Irbe stopped 20 of 22 Nashville shots. Carolina is 2-4-1-0 all-time against Nashville, including a 2-1-1 record at home. The Hurricanes have never defeated the Predators at Gaylord Entertainment Center (0-3-0-0).

PREDATORS NOTES
Nashville defeated Western Conference leader Dallas, 5-2 at Gaylord Entertainment Center on Saturday, Nov. 30. Winger Andreas Johansson is the Predator’s leading goal scorer with 12 and is tied for 10th in the league in that category through games of Nov. 30. Johansson separated his shoulder Friday night and has been placed on Injured Reserve. Nashville has one of the top penalty-killing units in the league at home. Through games of Nov. 30, the Predators are 29-of-33 (87.9%) in shorthanded situations, tied for fifth in the league when at home.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
17 Brind'Amour 25 10 14 24
92 O'Neill 25 7 13 20
10 Francis 25 9 8 17
26 Cole 25 8 8 16
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 7 3.31 3-4-0 .880
80 Weekes 20 2.07 8-6-4 .931
PREDATORS
GP G A TP
21 Johansson 22 12 8 20
11 Legwand 23 6 9 15
5 Delmore 18 7 5 12
44 Timonen 20 1 10 11
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Dunham 13 3.32 2-8-2 .885
29 Vokoun 12 2.37 2-7-2 .890

SCHEDULE

HOME
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PROMOTIONAL

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