The Carolina Hurricanes complete a two-game road trip in Western Canada as they meet the Vancouver Canucks for the first time since a 1-1 tie on Nov. 24, 1999 in Raleigh. The Hurricanes began the road trip with a 4-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night at Skyreach Centre. Carolina is now 6-0-1-2 in its last nine road games (Dec. 8-Jan. 10), outscoring opponents 36-24 over that span. Through Thursday's games, Carolina lead Washington by 11 points for first place in the Southeast Division.
PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Jan. 12G.M. Place11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 14ESA11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
ON THE AIR:
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).
Hurricanes forward Jeff O’Neill returned to action on Thursday in Edmonton after missing four games with back spasms. O’Neill tallied a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who had lost three of the four games in his absence. O’Neill has seven points (2g, 5a) in his last five games played. Hurricanes captain Ron Francis is now just four assists shy of tying Ray Bourque for second on the NHL’s all-time assist list. Hurricanes netminder Arturs Irbe surpassed Sean Burke for second in franchise history in wins with the victory at Edmonton. He is just seven victories behind Mike Liut for the franchise win mark of 115.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 11-10-2-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-6-3-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 36-of-226 (15.9%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 166-of-203 (81.8%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Left wing Chris Dingman missed the Hurricanes’ last game at Edmonton (1/10) with a left knee injury.
CAROLINA / VANCOUVER NOTES:
The Hurricanes and the Canucks meet for the first of two matchups this season. Due to a scheduling error, the two teams did play during the 2000-01 season, and this is the first time Vancouver and Carolina have squared off since a 1-1 tie on Nov. 24, 1999 in Raleigh. After not meeting in over two full calendar years, the teams will face each other twice in nine days as Vancouver travels to Raleigh for a 7 (ET) game on Jan. 21. The all-time series between Vancouver and Carolina is tied 22-22-11. The Hurricanes are 12-10-6 against Vancouver at home and 10-12-6 in Vancouver.
The Vancouver Canucks return home to General Motors Place after a three-game road trip. The Canucks were 1-2-0 on the trip, defeating Edmonton and dropping games in Buffalo and Detroit. Vancouver blew a three-goal third-period lead against the Red Wings on Wednesday before falling in overtime. Canucks forward Ed Jovanovski will play for the Canadian Olympic team in Salt Lake City in February.
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