The Carolina Hurricanes face off against Southeast Division foe, the Atlanta Thrashers, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Philips Arena. Despite losing to the Ottawa Senators on December 3, the Hurricanes have won seven of their last 11 games and continue to hover near the .500 mark with a 10-11-3-1 record. Goaltender Arturs Irbe has been strong between the pipes for Carolina having allowed more than one goal just four times in the Hurricanes’ last 11 games. Irbe carries a three-game road win streak into Wednesday’s game.
|Wednesday||December 6||Atlanta||11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.|
|Thursday||December 7||Iceplex||10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.|
|Friday||December 8||Iceplex||10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.|
|Saturday||December 9||Calgary||11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.|
|Sunday||December 10||no practice||no practice|
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Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WTRP-620 AM (La Grange, Ga.); 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); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem).
CAROLINA / ATLANTA SERIES:
During the 2000 preseason, the Hurricanes and Atlanta split a two game series with each team winning on home ice. The Hurricanes defeated the Thrashers in all five of the teams’ match-ups last season—the Thrashers’ inaugural season. Hurricane team captain Ron Francis led all scorers in last season’s series with nine points (2g, 7a) in the five contests. The Hurricanes are 5-0-0-0 all-time against Atlanta and 2-0 on Thrasher ice.
Carolina Hurricanes team captain Ron Francis will play in his 900th game for the franchise Wednesday against the Atlanta Thrashers. Francis is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (899), goals (313), assists (650), points (963), hat tricks (9), game-winning goals (47) and power-play goals (101). Francis is one assist shy of 1,100 in his NHL career… Between November 12 and November 24, the Hurricanes did not allow a power play goal in seven straight games—tying the second best streak in franchise history. During that span, Carolina killed off 35 of 35 opponents’ power plays. The franchise record for consecutive games without allowing a power play goal is nine, set between October 30 and November 17, 1983. The Hurricanes have allowed just one power play goal in the last 11 games and they have killed off 47 of the last 48 power plays they have faced.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 5-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-6-1-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 14.9% (18 for 121)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 87.9% (94 for 107)
The Atlanta Thrashers come into Wednesday’s game after defeating the Boston Bruins on Monday, 5-4 with 1:01 to go in regulation. Thrasher center Ray Ferraro tallied a hat trick against the Bruins and defenseman Chris Tamer netted his first goal of the season for the game winner… Atlanta brings a three-game win streak into Wednesday’s game with the Hurricanes having defeated Tampa Bay, Columbus and Boston since December 1.
ATLANTA AT HOME: 4-6-2-1
ATLANTA ON THE ROAD: 4-4-4-0
ATLANTA ON THE POWER PLAY: 11.5% (14 for 122)
ATLANTA SHORTHANDED: 82.0% (100 for 122)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Carolina defenseman Kevin Hatcher suffered a broken hand during the Hurricanes' game at Ottawa on November 16 and will be out approximately two weeks.
Hurricane forward Craig Adams suffered a bruised sternum vs. Philadelphia on November 30 and is day-to-day.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS