The Carolina Hurricanes travel northwest to face off against the Calgary Flames, Saturday at 7:00 at Pengrowth Saddledome. The Hurricanes come into the game having gone 5-2-0-0 in their last seven games and are one point ahead of the Washington Capitals for first place in the Southeast Division. Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe is 5-1-0 in his last six decisions having given up only eight goals in those six games and recorded his 27th NHL career shutout in a 2-0 defeat of the Philadelphia Flyers on November 30.
|Saturday||December 9||Calgary||11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.|
|Sunday||December 10||no practice||no practice|
|Monday||December 11||Minnesota||10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.|
|Tuesday||December 12||Minnesota||1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.|
|Wednesday||December 13||Minnesota||11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.|
ON THE AIR:
Local Television: none
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 / CALGARY SERIES:
The Hurricanes and Calgary met twice during the 1999-2000 season. Carolina skated away with three points in the two games, defeating the Flames at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, 4-3 on November 30, 1999 and tying the Flames, 3-3 on October 11, 1999 in Calgary. Hurricanes forward Jeff O’Neill led all scorers in last season’s series with four points (2g, 2a) and Sami Kapanen added three points (1g, 2a) in the two games. Carolina is 15-32-6 all-time against Calgary and 4-19-3 on Flames ice.
Carolina Hurricanes team captain Ron Francis played in his 900th game for the franchise on December 6 against the Atlanta Thrashers. Francis is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (900), goals (313), assists (652), points (965), hat tricks (9), game-winning goals (47) and power-play goals (101). Francis tallied his 1,100th (and 1,101st) NHL career assist in the game… The Hurricanes have not allowed a power play goal in their last four games and rank fourth in the league overall in killing penalties… 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 Hurricanes have allowed just one power play goal in the last 12 games and they have killed off 49 of the last 50 power plays they have faced.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 5-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-6-1-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 15.3% (19 for 124)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 88.1% (96 for 109)
The Calgary Flames come into Saturday’s game after defeating the Nashville Predators, 3-0, on December 7 in Calgary. For Flames goaltender Mike Vernon, the game was his second shutout of the season and 25th of his NHL career. Calgary head coach Don Hay scratched Valeri Bure—the Flames’ points leader last season—from the game. According to several news reports and interviews, Bure’s scratch on Thursday was a result of recent unproductiveness and his divisive influence in the locker room.
CALGARY AT HOME: 2-7-4-2
CALGARY ON THE ROAD: 5-6-2-2
CALGARY ON THE POWER PLAY: 11.6% (20 for 172)
CALGARY SHORTHANDED: 83.8% (119 for 142)
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