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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia Flyers

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes


Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA

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Hurricanes: 30-10-4 (64 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Flyers: 28-10-7 (63 pts.), Atlantic Division, 1st place

Tomorrow's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes hit the road for a Tuesday evening match up against the Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes completed a three-game, undefeated home stand on Sunday with a 4-2 win against St. Louis to move Carolina's home record to 20-4-1, the best home mark in the NHL. Only the Vancouver Canucks (16-3-3) have fewer regulation losses than Carolina at home this season.

The Hurricanes are currently on a seven-game winning streak dating back to the team's 5-3 win against Montreal on New Year's Eve. The winning streak matches the 20-year old franchise record prior to this season for longest winning streak in club history. Carolina eclipsed that mark earlier this season with its nine-game winning streak that spanned games from Oct. 22 to Nov. 11. The current seven-game winning streak ranks tied for fifth longest in the NHL this season. The nine-game streak earlier this year is tied for the longest winning streak this year.

Overall, the Hurricanes post a 30-10-4 record, have earned points in 16 of the last 18 games (12/6-1/15: 14-2-2) and hold the largest lead of any NHL division leader. With 64 points in their first 44 games, the Hurricanes have enjoyed their best first-44 games in franchise history, eclipsing the 50-point, 44-game start by the 2001-02 squad.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • The Carolina Hurricanes have earned points in eight straight games (12/29-1/15: 7-0-1) including wins in seven straight (12/31-1/15)
  • The Carolina Hurricanes have scored at least one power-play goal in each of their last 14 games (12/15-1/15: 23 of 11 - 20.7%)
  • Goaltender Martin Gerber has earned wins in each of his last five games (12/31-1/4, 1/7-1/13)
  • Left wing Ray Whitney has points in each of the last five games (1/6-1/15: 3g, 3a)
  • Center Eric Staal has assists and points in each of the last three games (1/10-1/15: 3g, 4a)
  • Left wing Erik Cole has points in each of the last three games (1/10-1/15: 2g, 3a)
  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle has points in each of the last three games (1/10-1/15: 1g, 2a)
  • Left wing Cory Stillman has assists and points in each of the last two games (1/13-1/15: 0g, 4a)
  • Right wing Justin Williams has assists and points in each of the last two games (1/13-1/15: 0g, 3a)

Milestone Watch

  • Left wing Cory Stillman is two goals shy of 200 for his NHL career

Television: FSN South
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network - WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh - flagship), WYSR 1590 AM (High Point), WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington)

Carolina Notes
On Jan. 16 the NHL named Hurricanes center Eric Staal its Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Staal scored his second career hat trick and third four-point night of the season in Carolina's 4-2 win against St. Louis on Jan. 15, had two assists against Detroit on Jan. 10 and an assist against Nashville on Jan. 13 to complete the week with seven points and a plus-3 rating. Through games of Jan. 15, Staal ranked tied for fourth in the NHL with 29 goals and tied for seventh with 59 points. Staal has notched points in 33 of the Hurricanes' 44 games this season. Through games of Jan. 15, he ranked tied for third in the league with three shorthanded goals and tied for sixth in the league with 12 power-play goals.

CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 58-of-297 (19.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 196-of-245 (80.0%)

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Mike Commodore, lower leg contusion, day-to-day, missed 1 game
  • Defenseman Aaron Ward, hernia, surgery 1/11, injured reserve, out 3-6 weeks, missed 2 game
  • Defenseman Glen Wesley, MCL sprain (right knee), 12/31, out 4-6 weeks, missed 6 games
  • Left wing Andrew Ladd, torn meniscus (right knee), surgery 12/5, missed 18 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 29 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
Jan. 17 Tuesday Wachovia Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 18 Wednesday RBC Center 12:00 p.m.
Jan. 19 Thursday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 20 Friday RBC Center 10:00 a.m.
Jan. 21 Saturday none
Jan. 22 Sunday RBC Center 12:00 p.m.
Jan. 23 Monday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 24 Tuesday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
Jan. 25 Wednesday BankAtlantic Center 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 26 Thursday Philips Arena 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 27 Friday RecZone 12:00 p.m.

*All times are local - Times and locations subject to change

Against the Flyers
Tuesday marks the third of four regular-season meetings between Carolina and Philadelphia and the first of two visits to Philadelphia for the Hurricanes this season. The teams first met this on Oct. 28 at the RBC Center, a 14-goal affair that saw the Hurricanes emerge with an 8-6 victory. The Flyers struck back on Dec. 29 in Raleigh with a 4-3 overtime win. The Flyers won the 2003-04 season series against the Hurricanes 2-0-2-0.

Niclas Wallin (3g, 0a), Erik Cole (0g, 3a) and Rod Brind'Amour (0g, 3a) led Carolina in the 2003-04 season series against the Flyers with three points each. Simon Gagne (2g, 1a), Tony Amonte (1g, 2a) and mark Recchi (1g, 2a) paced Philadelphia with three points each in the four-game season series. The Carolina franchise posts a 23-48-15-3 all-time record against the Flyers, going 14-21-10-1 at home and 9-27-5-2 in Philadelphia.

Hurricanes vs. Flyers 2005-06 Schedule
Oct. 28 RBC Center W, 8-6
Dec. 29 RBC Center OT, 4-3
Jan. 17 Wachovia Center 7:00 p.m.
March 8 Wachovia Center 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 28, 2005
Hurricanes 8, Philadelphia 6

The Hurricanes recovered from a pair of two-goal deficits, including one in the third period, and scored five third-period goals to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 8-6 in front of 18,165 at the RBC Center. It was the first time Carolina had tallied eight goals in a game since an 8-2 win against Los Angeles on Jan. 25, 1996 and the first time the team had scored five goals in a period since the second period of a 7-3 win at Montreal on Nov. 23, 2002. Eric Staal scored his first career hat trick to help Carolina remain unbeaten at home in 2005-06 (5-0-0), tying the franchise record for longest home winning streak. Rod Brind'Amour (1g, 2a), Justin Williams (1g, 1a), Cory Stillman (1g, 1a) and Ray Whitney (0g, 2a) each had multi-point games for Carolina. Matt Cullen scored the game-winning goal for the second consecutive game, and Josef Vasicek added an empty-net goal for his second tally of the year. Cam Ward earned the win in net for Carolina, stopping 28 shots.

Dec. 29, 2005
Flyers 4, Hurricanes 3 (OT)

Former Hurricanes winger Sami Kapanen scored the overtime game-winner and handed Carolina its fourth overtime loss of the season. Goaltender Cam Ward stopped 36 of 40 Flyers shots, but suffered the overtime loss in his first start since Dec. 3. Carolina center Matt Cullen scored twice to earn second-star honors. Cory Stillman extended his points streak to seven games with the Hurricanes' first goal of the game. Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle earned assists on Carolina's two second-period power-play goals as the Hurricanes went 2-7 with the man advantage. Simon Gagne notched his 27th goal of the season and earned an assist to take the game's third star.

12 Staal
61 Stillman
11 Williams

SV %
29 Gerber
30 Ward

21 Forsberg
12 Gagne
22 Knuble

SV %
30 Niittymaki
35 Storr
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