The Carolina Hurricanes head to Western Canada for a two-game road trip that begins on Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers. The Hurricanes complete the trip on Saturday night in Vancouver. Carolina dropped three consecutive games at home to begin the new year after completing the best December in franchise history (8-2-1-3). Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour is currently on a five-game assist and point streak (12/30-1/6: 2g, 6a). Thursday’s game against Edmonton completes a four-game stretch in which the Hurricanes face three teams currently ranked in the top six of the NHL.
PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Jan. 10Skyreach Centre11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 12G.M. Place11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
ON THE AIR:
Television: Fox Sports Net
Radio: WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); WDZL 98.3FM (Murfreesboro); WFAY 1230/1450AM (Fayetteville); WSML 1200-AM (Graham); WRMT 1490-AM (Rocky Mount); WGHB 1250-AM (Greenville); WEEB 990-AM (Southern Pines); WMFR 1230-AM (High Point); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WJNC 1240-AM (Jacksonville).Internet: www.nhl.com
The Hurricanes recalled center Byron Ritchie from Lowell of the American Hockey League on Jan. 5 and Ritchie made his season debut on Jan. 6 against Philadelphia. Ritchie (5’10”, 190 lbs.) is in his sixth season of professional hockey and has played 29 career NHL games for Carolina, totaling two points (0g, 2a) and 17 penalty minutes. The 23-year-old Burnaby, British Columbia native was ranked second in the AHL in scoring heading into Saturday night’s game against Norfolk with 48 points (20g, 28a) in 38 games for the Lock Monters. Ritchie, who spent all of last season with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League (IHL), was recently selected to play in the 2002 AHL All-Star Classic.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 11-10-2-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 9-6-3-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 34-of-222 (15.3%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 161-of-198 (81.3%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Left wing Chris Dingman missed the Hurricanes’ last game vs. Philadelphia (1/6) with a left knee injury.
Forward Jeff O’Neill missed the Hurricanes’ last game vs. Philadelphia (1/6) with back spasms.
Forward Jeff Daniels missed the Hurricanes’ last game vs. Philadelphia (1/6) with a groin injury.
CAROLINA / EDMONTON NOTES:
The Oilers and the Hurricanes meet for the second of two matchups this season. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie on Nov. 11 in Raleigh, as goaltender Tom Barrasso stopped a penalty shot by Edmonton’s Anson Carter to preserve the point. The Oilers won the only game between the two teams last season, defeating Carolina 3-2 on March 11 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. Daniel Cleary (1g, 1a) and Sergei Zholtok (0g, 2a) led all scorers. The Hurricanes are 16-29-12-0 all-time against Edmonton, including an 11-11-7-0 record at home and a 5-18-5-0 record in Edmonton.
The Edmonton Oilers are currently the second-ranked team in the Western Conference. Edmonton goaltender Tommy Salo is ranked tied for fifth in the NHL in wins (18) and tied for fourth in shutouts (4). Oilers forward Ryan Smyth and defenseman Eric Brewer were both named to the Canadian Olympic team in December. The Oilers rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Montreal 7-6 on Sunday in the highest-scoring game at Skyreach Centre since the 1988-89 season.
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