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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers (Game 1)

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers

Game 1, Stanley Cup Final Series “O”
Monday, June 5, 8 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

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Monday's Game

The Carolina Hurricanes and the Edmonton Oilers play Game 1 of their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals series on Monday at the RBC Center (8 p.m., OLN, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals by virtue of a 4-3 series win against the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference Finals. Edmonton defeated Anahiem in five games to advance to the final round.

On Tuesday the Hurricanes will practice at 11 a.m. at the RBC Center in advance of Wednesday’s Game 2 (8 p.m., OLN, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Oilers are scheduled to practice at 1:15 p.m. on Monday at the RBC Center.

Television: OLN
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network – WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh – flagship), WYSR 1590 AM (High Point), WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington), WGHB 1250 AM/WDLX 930 AM (Greenville, Washington & New Bern)
Internet: www.carolinahurricanes.com

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Left wing Cory Stillman has points in eight straight games (5/14-6/1: 4g, 7a) and assists in four straight (5/26-6/1: 1g, 5a)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Erik Cole, no timetable, fractured vertebra, missed last 21 games of the regular season and 18 playoff games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

June 5 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
June 6 RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
June 7 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
June 8 RBC Center TBD
June 9 TBD in Edmonton
June 10 Rexall Place 10:30 a.m.
June 11 Rexall Place 1 p.m.
June 12 Rexall Place 10:30 a.m.

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

Carolina Notes

With the primary assist on Rod Brind’Amour’s game-tying power-play goal in Game 5 against Buffalo, Hurricanes center Eric Staal extended his postseason points streak to 15 games (4/24-5/28: 7g, 13a). Staal’s streak was the longest postseason points streak since Jaromir Jagr’s 11-game streak in 1996 (4/17-5/11: 10g, 8a) before it ended in Carolina’s 2-1 overtime loss at Buffalo on May 30. Pavel Bure was the last player to have a postseason points streak of more than 11 games. Bure recorded a 16-game postseason points streak in 1994 (4/22-5/31: 13g, 10a) during Vancouver’s 24-game run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Bryan Trottier holds the NHL record for longest points streak in one playoff year when he recorded 11 goals and 18 assists (29 points) in 18 consecutive games with the New York Islanders in 1981.

Staal leads all NHL players with 20 postseason points, 12 power-play points and 71 shots on goal. Staal ranks tied for the league lead with 13 postseason assists and tied for second in the league with five power-play goals and seven power-play assists. Staal finished the 2005-06 regular season ranked seventh in the NHL with 100 points, eighth with 45 goals and tied for 16th with 55 assists while playing in all 82 of Carolina’s games.

Against the Oilers

The Hurricanes and the Oilers did not meet during the 2005-06 regular season. The Hurricanes won the last meeting between the teams on Dec. 9, 2003, a 3-2 triumph at Rexall Place.

Since both original World Hockey Association teams joined the NHL prior to the 1979-80 season, the Carolina franchise has posted an 18-30-12 record against the Oilers, including a 2-2-1 record in the teams’ last five meetings dating back to the 2000-01 season.

This is the first NHL playoffs meeting between the Carolina franchise and the Oilers, but the teams did play two postseason series during the WHA era. In 1978, the teams met in the first round with the New England Whalers ousting the Oilers 4-1 in a best-of-seven series. The Whalers went to the final round in 1978, eventually succumbing to the Winnipeg Jets in four games. In 1979, it was the Oilers emerging triumphant in the best-of-seven second-round series between the clubs, scoring a 4-3 series win. Edmonton suffered the same fate as New England did in 1978 and lost to Winnipeg 4-2 in the final round.

PLAYOFF STATISTICS

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
18
7
13
20
61 Stillman
18
7
12
19
17 Brind'Amour
18
9
6
15

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
29 Gerber
6
3.53
1-1
.856
30 Ward
16
2.07
11-5
.919


Oilers
GP
G
A
PTS
10 Horcoff
17
5
12
17
44 Pronger
17
4
13
17
94 Smyth
17
5
9
14

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
35 Roloson
17
2.22
12-5
.931
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