Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at CALGARY
CAROLINA HURRICANES (12-11-4-3, 31 pts.)
CALGARY FLAMES (8-13-4-3, 23 pts.)
Thursday, December 12 at 9:00 p.m. at Pengrowth Saddledome
Second-year forward Erik Cole has 13 points (9g, 4a) in the last 12 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. The BBC line of Rod Brind’Amour, Bates Battaglia, and Cole continues to drive the Hurricanes’ offense with 29 points (14g, 15a) in 12 games. Carolina captain Ron Francis scored his 524th career NHL goal against Florida on Wednesday, moving him into a tie with Bryan Trottier for 22nd on the NHL’s all-time goals list. Francis has tallied seven points (2g, 5a) in the last eight games. Francis will play in his 1,600th NHL game at Calgary Thursday night.
|Dec. 12||Thursday||Pengrowth Saddledome||11:30 a.m.|
|Dec. 13||Friday||Pengworth Saddledome||TBA|
|Dec. 14||Saturday||Xcel Energy Centre||TBA|
|Dec. 15||Sunday||Xcel Energy Center||TBA|
|Dec. 16||Monday||RecZone||12 noon|
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)
Rod Brind’Amour’s team-leading 16 points (7g, 9a) on the power play this season, ranks tied for seventh in the NHL through games of Dec. 10. Carolina’s faceoff percentage remains at the top of the league. The Hurricanes have won 1128-of-2047 (55.1%) faceoffs through 30 games this season, ranking tied for first through games of Dec. 8. Carolina recalled defenseman Tomas Malec from Lowell on Dec. 11. Forward Harold Druken was picked up off waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 7-4-4-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-7-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 34-of-181 (18.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 145-of-169 (85.8%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Kevin Weekes missed the game at Edmonton (12/11) due to a concussion. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Nov. 29. Sami Kapanen missed the game at Edmonton (12/11) with a groin injury. He is day-to-day.
CAROLINA / CALGARY NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Flames meet for their only matchup this season. The Hurricanes and the Flames tied 3-3 in Raleigh on March 11, 2002. Captain Ron Francis led Carolina in scoring in last season’s matchup with two points (1g, 1a). Bates Battaglia and Jeff Daniels also netted goals for the Hurricanes. Calgary owns the series with Carolina 33-15-7-0 overall, 13-11-4-0 in Raleigh and 20-4-3 in Calgary.
Calgary returns home from Vancouver, where they defeated the Canucks, 2-1 on Monday, Dec. 9. The Flames are now 2-1 under interim head coach Al MacNeil. MacNeil was named to the position on Dec. 3. Center Rob Niedermayer is out with a knee injury and 2001-02 Art Ross Trophy winner, Jarome Iginla is questionable with a hip injury.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS