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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia Flyers

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia Flyers

Wednesday, March 8, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

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Hurricanes: 43-14-4 (90 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Flyers: 34-18-10 (78 pts.), Atlantic Division, 2nd place

Tonight's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes continue their five-game road trip on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wachovia Center (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). Carolina began the road trip at Pittsburgh on Saturday, scoring 7-5 win against the Penguins at Mellon Arena. The Hurricanes took Sunday off and then scored a 2-1 win against the New York Rangers behind Martin Gerber's 37-save performance at Madison Square Garden on Monday. The Hurricanes will wrap up the road trip with back-to-back games at Florida on Friday and Saturday.

The Hurricanes currently post a 43-14-4 record, including a 20-4-0 record in 24 games since Dec. 31. Carolina had its franchise-best nine-game home winning streak (12/13-1/28) snapped against Pittsburgh on Feb. 10. That home winning streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season (Philadelphia, 10/7-11/12) and the Hurricanes currently post the best home record in the league at 26-5-1 (53 points). With 90 points in their first 61 games, the Hurricanes have enjoyed their best first-61 games in franchise history, eclipsing the 68-point, 61-game mark recorded by the 1986-87 squad.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Left wing Ray Whitney has earned points in each of the last six games (2/10-3/6: 2g, 7a) and assists in the last three (3/3-3/6: 1g, 4a)
  • Center Kevyn Adams has earned points in each of the last three games (3/3-3/6: 2g, 1a) and goals in the last two (3/4-3/6: 2g, 0a)
  • Right wing Justin Williams has earned points in each of the last two games (3/4-3/6: 1g, 1a)
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour has earned assists and points in each of the last two games (3/4-3/6: 0g, 2a)

Milestone Watch

  • The Carolina Hurricanes tied the franchise record for wins in a season (43) on March 6 at NY Rangers
  • The Carolina Hurricanes tied the franchise record for most home wins in a season (26) on March 3 against Florida
  • Left wing Cory Stillman scored his 200th NHL goal on March 4 at Pittsburgh
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour is three goals shy of 100 Hurricanes goals
  • Center Matt Cullen is three goals shy of 100 NHL goals

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

Carolina Notes
Hurricanes left wing Erik Cole suffered a compression fracture of the vertebra in his neck in Saturday's game at Pittsburgh when he was boarded from behind by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik with 5:18 left in the game. Cole was released from UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh on Sunday and flown back to Raleigh for examination by Dr. Douglas Martini. Prior to the injury, the Oswego, NY, native had established career highs in goals (30), assists (29) and points (59). At the time of the injury he was tied for second on the Hurricanes in scoring, second in goals and led the team with a plus-20 plus/minus rating. On Monday, NHL Executive Vice President & Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell announced that the league had suspended Orpik for three games without pay for his involvement in the play. Cole is expected to miss at least six to eight weeks due to the injury.

Carolina has 21 games remaining in its 82-game regular-season schedule, with all games against Eastern Conference opponents. The Hurricanes' 90 points put them three points ahead of Ottawa for first place in the conference, 22 points ahead of Tampa Bay for first place in the Southeast Division and three points ahead of Detroit for the NHL lead through games of March 6.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal scored the first goal in Carolina 7-5 win against Pittsburgh on Saturday and added three assists later in the game for his 23rd multi-point game of the season. Through games of March 6, Staal ranked third in the league with 82 points and tied for third in the NHL with 39 goals. He has notched points in 45 of the Hurricanes' 61 games this season. Through games of March 6, he ranked tied for sixth in the league with 16 power-play goals and tied for eighth with three shorthanded goals.

CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 78-of-408 (19.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 278-of-337 (82.5%)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Erik Cole, fractured vertebra 3/4, out 6-8 weeks, missed 1 games
  • Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, wrist, surgery 2/1, out two months, missed 9 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 46 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
March 8 Wednesday Wachovia Center 11:30 a.m.
March 9 Thursday TBD (Florida)
March 10 Friday BankAtlantic Center 11:30 a.m.
March 11 Saturday BankAtlantic Center 11:30 a.m.
March 12 Sunday none
March 13 Monday RBC Center 11 a.m.
March 14 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
MArch 15 Wednesday RBC Center 11 a.m.

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

Against the Flyers
Wednesday marks the fourth and final regular-season meeting between Carolina and. The teams first met this season 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, but the Hurricanes returned that favor, winning in a shootout 4-3 on Jan. 17. 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 24-48-15-3 all-time record against the Flyers, going 14-21-10-1 at home and 10-27-5-2 in Philadelphia.

Hurricanes vs. Flyers 2005-06 Schedule
Oct. 28 RBC Center W, 8-6
Dec. 29 RBC Center OT, 4-3 (OT)
Jan. 17 Wachovia Center W, 4-3 (SO)
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.

Jan. 17, 2006
Hurricanes 4, Philadelphia 3 (SO)

The Hurricanes scored a 4-3 shootout win when Carolina's fourth shooter, Captain Rod Brind'Amour, beat Philadelphia goaltender Antero Niittymaki, and Hurricanes netminder Martin Gerber stopped the Flyers' fourth shooter Jeff Carter. The win extended Carolina's win streak to eight games and marked the first time since Oct. 7, 1999, that the Hurricanes took two points away from the Flyers at the Wachovia Center. Carolina rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third period on goals by Oleg Tverdovsky and Erik Cole to force overtime and, eventually, the shootout. Defenseman Danny Richmond earned his first NHL point with the lone assist on the Hurricanes' first goal scored by center Matt Cullen. Gerber made 23 saves to earn his 23rd win of the season.

12 Staal
61 Stillman
26 Cole

SV %
29 Gerber
30 Ward

21 Forsberg
12 Gagne
22 Knuble

SV %
30 Niittymaki
42 Esche
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