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