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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils


Tuesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center * Raleigh, NC

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Hurricanes: 51-21-6 (108 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Devils: 42-27-9 (93 pts.), Atlantic Division, 3rd place

Tonight's Game

The Southeast Division Champion Carolina Hurricanes return to the RBC Center on Tuesday to face the New Jersey Devils (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network) in the first of two consecutive home games for Carolina. The Hurricanes went 2-1-0 in their recent three-game road trip to Washington and Atlanta, scoring wins at the Verizon Center against the Capitals on April 5 (4-3 in a shootout) and April 7 (4-3 in regulation) before falling on Saturday to the Thrashers at Philips Arena (5-2 in regulation). The Hurricanes will play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network) in the first game of a back-to-back set between the teams.

Carolina has four games remaining in its 82-game regular-season schedule. The Hurricanes' 108 points put them in a tie with Ottawa for first place in the conference and 19 points ahead of Tampa Bay for first place in the Southeast Division through games of April 9.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Center Eric Staal has earned points in each of the last three games (4/5-4/8: 2g, 2a)
  • Right wing Justin Williams has scored goals in each of the last two games (4/7-4/8: 4g, 0a)
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour has earned assists in each of the last two games (4/7-4/8: 0g, 2a)

Milestone Watch

  • Defenseman Aaron Ward is one point shy of 100 points for his NHL career
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour is three assists shy of 600 assists for his NHL career
  • The Carolina Hurricanes eclipsed the previous franchise records for wins in a season (43), home wins in a season (27) and points in a season (93) with their 44th win (27th home win) of 2005-06 on March 14 against the New York Rangers

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

Carolina Notes
The Hurricanes currently post a 51-21-6 record, including a 28-11-2 record in 41 games since Dec. 31, and an 12-7-2 record since the Olympic Break. 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 have the best home record in the league at 30-7-1 (61 points). With 108 points in their first 78 games, the Hurricanes now look to improve upon their franchise record for points in a season. The previous franchise-high for points in a season was 93, set by the 1986-87 squad.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal leads the team in scoring with 96 points (44g, 51a) and ranked tied for fourth in the NHL through games of April 9. Staal's 44 goals ranked tied for sixth in the league, and his 19 power-play goals ranked him tied for seventh through April 9. He has notched points in 55 of the Hurricanes' 78 games this season.

CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 92-of-511 (18.0%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 348-of-423 (82.3%)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Cory Stillman, lower body, day-to-day, missed 1 game
  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle, upper body, day-to-day, missed 1 game
  • Left wing Ray Whitney, lower body, day-to-day, missed 2 games
  • Left wing Erik Cole, fractured vertebra 3/4, out 6-8 weeks, missed 18 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

April 11 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
April 12 Wednesday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
April 13 Thursday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
April 14 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
April 15 Saturday St. Pete Times Forum 11:30 a.m.
April 16 Sunday none
April 17 Monday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
April 18 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

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

Against the Devils

Tuesday marks the fourth and final meeting between the Hurricanes and the Devils this season. The two teams last met on Feb. 3 at Continental Airlines Arena, a 3-0 Devils win. The Hurricanes scored a 6-1 victory at New Jersey in the teams' first meeting this season on Oct. 15, and took the first game between the clubs at the RBC Center, 4-1 on Dec. 17. The Carolina franchise has not posted a season-series win against the Devils since 1990-91 when Hartford went 2-1-0 in the teams' three-game season series. The Hurricanes franchise posts a 36-43-12-1 all-time record against the Devils franchise, including a 19-18-8-0 home mark and a 17-25-4-1 road record.

Carolina posted a 1-3-0-0 record against New Jersey in 2003-04, with the Hurricanes' lone win a 2-1 triumph at Continental Airlines Arena on Jan. 21, 2004. Departed Hurricanes Jeff O'Neill (2g, 0a) and Sean Hill (0g, 2a) led Carolina in the 2003-04 season series against the Devils, each posting two points. Six New Jersey players notched three points in the four-game set with the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes vs. Devils 2005-06 Schedule
Oct. 15 Continental Airlines Arena W, 6-1
Dec. 17 RBC Center W, 4-1
Feb. 3 Continental Airlines Arena L, 0-3
April 11 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 15, 2005
Hurricanes 6, New Jersey 1

Carolina notched six-or-more goals for the second consecutive game in scoring a 6-1 win at New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena. Captain Rod Brind'Amour found the net twice for his first multi-goal game since March 26, 2002, and his second straight multi-point game (10/12 vs. WSH: 1g, 2a). Radim Vrbata scored his second goal of the season, in his second game of the season when he beat New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur 5:32 into the game for Carolina's first goal. Vrbata's marker came with just six seconds remaining of a 5-on-3 power play as Colin White and Zach Parise each served minor penalties for New Jersey. Erik Cole and Matt Cullen each scored 15 seconds apart in the game's 17th minute to give the Hurricanes a 3-0 first-period lead. Devils winger Jay Pandolfo made the game 3-1 when he scored 6:18 into the second frame, but Brind'Amour and Josef Vasicek extended Carolina's lead to 5-1 by the end of the period. Brind'Amour added a third-period goal for good measure to seal the win for the Hurricanes. Cam Ward stopped 27 of New Jersey's 28 shots to earn his third win in four starts.

Dec. 17, 2005
Hurricanes 4, New Jersey 1
The Hurricanes used three third period goals to score a 4-1 victory and move to 2-0-0 in the second of four games against New Jersey this season. Captain Rod Brind'Amour used his 10th power-play goal of the season to give Carolina a 1-0 lead 8:58 into the first period. New Jersey rookie Aleksander Suglobov used his first NHL goal/point to tie the game in the second period, but Carolina's own rookie Chad LaRose broke the 1-1 deadlock with his first NHL goal 1:59 into the third period when winger Ray Whitney set him up from behind Martin Brodeur's net. Eric Staal and Erik Cole chipped in insurance goals at 2:18 and 15:17, respectively, but LaRose's goal proved to be the game-winner and helped him earn first-star honors. Cory Stillman earned second-star honors with the primary assists on Brind'Amour's, Staal's and Cole's goals, his third three-assist game of the season. Goaltender Martin Gerber made 22 saves on 23 shots to earn his third consecutive win and help Carolina to move to 12-4-0 at home this season.

Feb. 3, 2006
New Jersey 3, Hurricanes 0

The New Jersey Devils ended Carolina's five-game winning streak with a 3-0 blanking on the night that the Devils honored retired defenseman Scott Stevens by raising his number into the rafters. Devils netminder Martin Brodeur stopped all 28 Carolina shots that he faced for his fifth shutout of the season, becoming just the second netminder all season to hold Carolina without a goal. After a scoreless first period, Patrik Elias beat Carolina goaltender Cam Ward at the 2:18 mark of the second period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Zach Parise made it 2-0 just over four minutes later, and Brian Gionta completed the scoring with his 30th goal of the season at 8:07 of the third period. Ward made 18 saves in the loss.

12 Staal
11 Williams
61 Stillman
17 Brind'Amour

SV %
29 Gerber
30 Ward

14 Gionta
23 Gomez
15 Langenbrunner

SV %
30 Brodeur
40 Clemmensen
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