LOS ANGELES KINGS (25-20-7-2, 59 pts.)
Thursday, Feb. 7 at 10:30 p.m. (ET) at Staples Center
The Carolina Hurricanes begin a stretch of eight consecutive games on the road and three road games in four nights as they take on the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center. The Hurricanes will not play a home game between Feb. 5 and March 8, a span of 31 days. Following Thursday’s game in Los Angeles, Carolina takes on Anaheim on Friday and San Jose on Saturday. After that, Carolina will start its Winter Olympic break before returning to practice at the RecZone on Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. The Hurricanes finish February with a road trip that takes them to Toronto, Boston, Montreal, Chicago and Pittsburgh before returning home on March 8 against Washington.
Thursday’s game against the Kings marks Carolina’s first and only United States national television appearance of the season as the game appears on espn2. The Los Angeles Kings were scheduled to play 18 games on American national television (ABC, ESPN or espn2) this season. The defending Stanely Cup Champion Avalanche were scheduled to make the most appearances with 26, followed by the St. Louis Blues (22) and the Detroit Red Wings (20).
PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Feb. 7 Staples Center 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 8 Anaheim 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
ON THE AIR:
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); 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).
The Carolina Hurricanes currently lead the league in team faceoff percentage (55.6%). Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour was ranked second in the league in faceoff percentage through games of Feb. 5 at 60.2%. Kevyn Adams was sixth at 58.0% and Ron Francis was seventh at 57.6%. The Hurricanes have played a league-high 21 overtime games this season, posting a record of 5-5-11 in those games. The NHL record for overtime games in a season is 28, set by the Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers during the 1999-2000 season. The record for ties in a season is 24, set by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1969-70.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-11-6-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-8-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 42-of-270 (15.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 198-of-241 (82.2%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Forward Tommy Westlund missed the Hurricanes’ game vs. Pittsburgh (2/5) due to a back injury.
Defenseman Bret Hedican missed the Hurricanes’ game vs. Pittsburgh (2/5) due to a back injury.
Forward Martin Gelinas missed the Hurricanes’ game vs. Pittsburgh (2/5) due to a concussion.
CAROLINA / LOS ANGELES NOTES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Los Angeles Kings meet for the second of two matchups this season. Carolina defeated Los Angeles 3-2 in overtime on Oct. 28 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena on a Sami Kapanen one-time slapshot at 1:33 of the extra period. Kapanen had three points (1g, 2a) in the game. The Kings swept the Hurricanes in last year’s season series, winning 6-3 in Raleigh and 4-2 in Los Angeles. Ron Francis (1g, 2a) and Sami Kapanen (0g, 3a) were Carolina’s leading scorers against Los Angeles last season. The Hurricanes are 24-26-7-0 all-time against the Kings, including a 14-11-4-0 record at home and a 10-15-3-0 record in L.A.
LOS ANGELES NOTES:
The Los Angeles Kings finished January with an 11-3-0-0 record, the first 11-win month in franchise history. The Kings began February with a loss, falling 3-1 to Philadelphia on Monday. Los Angeles has outscored opponents 61-36 in the third period this season.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
HURRICANES GP G A TP
10 Francis 58 16 35 51
24 Kapanen 56 21 29 50
92 O’Neill 54 21 26 47
17 Brind’Amour 58 14 27 41
GOALIES GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Barrasso 31 2.68 11-11-5 .906
1 Irbe 32 2.87 12-13-6 .894
LOS ANGELES GP G A TP
41 Allison 45 12 26 38
28 Deadmarsh 48 17 16 33
44 Modry 54 3 28 31
GOALIES GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Storr 16 1.89 7-4-3 .923
39 Potvin 45 2.37 18-18-4 .906