Surging 'Canes begin road trip in Edmonton
Monday, 02.01.2010 / 7:30 PM
Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing EditorHURRICANES (19-28-7) at OILERS (16-31-6)
: Carolina 6-4-0; Edmonton 0-9-1.
: This is the lone meeting between the teams. They last faced each other on Nov. 1, 2008, when Ethan Moreau scored twice in Edmonton's 3-1 victory at the RBC Center.
: The Oilers are hoping that February goes much differently than January, as Edmonton went winless in the month. Pat Quinn's club has lost 13 consecutive games, one shy of the franchise record.
: It's no coincidence that Carolina is starting to win games now that it's close to boasting a healthy roster. The Hurricanes, ravaged by injuries all season long, made it three in a row on Saturday with an impressive 4-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at the RBC Center. Cam Ward
made 39 saves.
"I feel very comfortable in net," Ward said. "But that's a result of the guys playing in front of me. You can see the guys play extremely hard. You can see we're playing with a lot more confidence. It just urges myself to come up with those key saves."
: Facing a team that had lost nine in a row itself on Saturday night, Edmonton was blown out of the building in a 6-1 loss to the Calgary Flames at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The Oilers haven't won since Dec. 11.
"You get down, you don't like what's going on. You start feeling sorry for yourselves. All of those emotions come to play and that's when it's hard to fight," Oilers coach Pat Quinn said. "It sounds trite, but it's absolutely true. If you get afraid of the end result then you don't do the things you need to do and when you don't do them, you don't have a chance."
: Ward has stopped 129 of the last 134 shots he's faced for the Hurricanes.
: Carolina forwards Scott Walker, Tuomo Ruutu
and Erik Cole are out with upper-body injuries. Joe Corvo (leg) is hoping to return before the Olympic break. … Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray appeared to have injured his hand during a fight with Jarome Iginla on Saturday night. He did not practice on Sunday and likely will not play against the Hurricanes. Nikolai Khabibulin
(back) and Ales Hemsky
(shoulder) are out for the season. Steve Staios and Ladislav Smid
are day-to-day with concussions, while Ryan Stoner (knee) is out indefinitely.
: With Saturday's win against Chicago, the Hurricanes extended their streak of securing at least one team point against the Blackhawks to 10 games (8-0-2). Chicago has never won in Raleigh.
: "This is what we all expected. "It's disappointing that it comes so late, but at the same time it's there and we have a lot of pride. We want to win games, regardless of where we're at." -- Hurricanes center Matt Cullen