Preview: Hurricanes at Canadiens (11/16/11)

CAROLINA HURRICANES at MONTREAL CANADIENS

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.

Bell Centre * Montreal, Que.

Hurricanes: 6-9-3 (15 pts.)

Canadiens: 7-7-3 (17 pts.)

TV: No Carolina telecast (TSN telecast avail via NHL Center Ice, including in the Carolina viewing territory)

RADIO: Hurricanes Radio Network: WCMC 99.9 FM The Fan (Raleigh – flagship); WWNB 1490AM/105.7FM (New Bern, NC); WAVQ 1400 (Jacksonville, NC); WMFD 630AM (Wilmington, NC)

INTERNET: www.CarolinaHurricanes.com

AUDIO CLIP OF THE DAY

Please find below a link to an .mp3 file of Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice as he spoke to the media on Tuesday at the RBC Center. Click here to listen.

WEDNESDAY’S GAME

The Carolina Hurricanes visit the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday at the Bell Centre for the first of four meetings between the teams this season (Hurricanes Radio Network). The Canadiens won the 2010-11 season series, 3-1-0. After Wednesday’s game in Montreal, the Hurricanes play five of their next seven games at the RBC Center.

BROADCAST NOTES

— Fans can tune into the Hurricanes Radio Network’s flagship station, 99.9 FM The Fan as Hall of Fame broadcaster Chuck Kaiton calls every Canes game. Capitol Broadcasting’s Mike Maniscalco hosts Stormfront and Aftermath surrounding all broadcasts.

— FOX Sports Carolinas will resume its coverage of the Hurricanes’ 2011-12 season on Friday when the Hurricanes host the Buffalo Sabres. As always John Forslund will have the play-by-play call and former professional goaltender Tripp Tracy will provide color analysis. Bob Harwood joins the team’s FOX Sports Carolinas coverage this season as host of the Hurricanes Live pregame show, and reporting rinkside during the game.

HURRICANES STREAKS

Eric Staal has points in two straight games (1g, 2a)

Tuomo Ruutu has goals and points in two straight games (3g, 0a)

Jussi Jokinen has assists and points in two straight games (0g, 3a)

Jeff Skinner has points in two straight games (1g, 3a)

HURRICANES MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

Joni Pitkanen is one game shy of 500 NHL games played

Tuomo Ruutu is four assists shy of 100 Hurricanes assists

HURRICANES MILESTONES AND FIRSTS RECENTLY ACHIEVED

Jeff Skinner played in his 100th career NHL/Hurricanes game, Nov. 14 vs. PHI

Jussi Jokinen recorded his 300th career NHL point, Nov. 12 vs. PIT

Anthony Stewart played in his 200th career NHL game, Nov. 11 at NYR

Carolina Hurricanes played their 2,500th regular-season game in franchise history, Nov. 6 vs. DAL

CAROLINA NOTES

Answering the Bell: The Hurricanes are 8-2-2 at the Bell Centre since the start of the 2005-06 season. The Canes went 11 games without a regulation loss in Montreal from Feb. 28, 2004-March 31, 2010, and have won at least one game at the Bell Centre in eight of the last 10 season series (2003-04 and 2010-11). Carolina is 5-1 at the Bell Centre in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Penalty Shot Goal: Winger Patrick Dwyer scored the Hurricanes’ first penalty shot goal of the 2011-12 season on Monday against the Flyers. The goal, a shorthanded tally, was Dwyer’s first career penalty shot goal and attempt. The last Carolina player to score a shorthanded penalty shot goal was Chad LaRose against Boston on Dec. 28, 2007.

Shorthanded Success: The Hurricanes have scored two shorthanded goals in a game twice this season and lead the NHL with five shorthanded goals, through games of Oct. 14. Carolina accomplished the feat on Monday against Philadelphia and on Oct. 14 at Buffalo. The record for most shorthanded goals in a game in Carolina franchise history is three – on April 7, 2006, in a 4-3 win against Washington.

Shorthanded Snipers: Hurricanes forwards Brandon Sutter and Patrick Dwyer are tied for the NHL-lead with two shorthanded goals each (through games of Nov. 14). Sutter potted shorthanded goals at Buffalo (10/14) and at New Jersey (11/8). Dwyer scored both of his shorthanded goals on Monday against Philadelphia.

Drawing Up Success: In the Hurricanes’ last 10 games, Eric Staal has won 57.2 percent of his face offs (107 of 187). Staal leads the Hurricanes in face offs won (187) and face offs taken (376). Brandon Sutter has won 30 of his last 51 draws (58.8%) in Carolina’s last three games and leads the team in face off win percentage (50.0%).

Point Producer: Hurricanes forward Jussi Jokinen has points in 10 of the 15 games he’s played this season and ranks second on the team in points (12) and assists (9). Carolina is 6-3-1 when Jokinen records at least one point in a game this season. The Kalajoki, Finland native played in his 300th career NHL game on Nov. 12 vs. PIT.

SPECIAL TEAMS REPORT

The Hurricanes are 10-of-81 (12.3%) on the man-advantage in 2011-12. Carolina has killed 26 of its opponents’ last 30 power plays (86.7%) over the last eight games (since Oct. 29) and is 59-of-72 (81.9%) on the kill this season. The Hurricanes lead the NHL with five shorthanded goals (through games on Nov. 14). Carolina has allowed three shorthanded goals this season.

SKINNER 2.0

Second-year winger Jeff Skinner leads the Hurricanes in points (18), goals (7) and assists (11), and has points in 11 of the team’s 18 games this season. The 2011 Calder Trophy winner has had two, three-game point streaks and four multi-point games thus far in 2011-12. Skinner is ahead of his 2010-11 scoring pace, as it took him 22 games to score seven goals in his rookie season and 22 games to record 18 points last season. He reached seven goals in the team’s 17th game (11/12 vs. PIT) and 18 points in Carolina’s 18th game (11/14 vs. PHI) of 2011-12. Skinner played in his 100th career NHL/Hurricanes game on Nov. 14 against the Flyers. The Markham, Ont. native skated in all 82 games as a rookie in 2010-11, collecting 62 points (31g, 32a) and 46 penalty minutes.

CAM WARD SAYS NO

Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward ranks second in the NHL in saves (428) through games of Nov. 14. The 27-year-old led the NHL and set a franchise record with 2,191 saves in 2010-11 (previous team record held by Sean Burke with 1,844 in 1995-96). Ward is 4-2-1 this season when making 30-plus saves, including stopping all 30 shots he faced in a 3-0 win against Chicago (10/28). He was 24-7-5 last season when making 30-plus saves.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 4-4-1

CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 2-5-2

CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 10-of-81 (12.3%)

CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 59-of-72 (81.9%)

INJURIES

Defenseman, Joni Pitkanen, day-to-day, lower body, missed 2 games

2011-12 MAN GAMES LOST: 13

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE

DATE

DAY

LOCATION

TIME

Nov. 16

Wednesday

Bell Centre

11:30 a.m.

Nov. 17

Thursday

Raleigh Center Ice

12:00 p.m.

Nov. 18

Friday

RBC Center

10:30 a.m.

Nov. 19

Saturday

RBC Center

TBA

Nov. 20

Sunday

RBC Center

TBA

Nov. 21

Monday

Wells Fargo Center

11:30 a.m.

Nov. 22

Tuesday

Raleigh Center Ice

12:00 p.m.

* All times are local… Times and locations subject to change

HURRICANES vs. CANADIENS SERIES NOTES

— Carolina trails all time 62-91-23-1 (177), including 36-40-14 (90) at home and 26-51-9-1 (87) in Montreal.

— The teams meet four times in 2011-12: at CAR: Nov. 23 and April 5; at MTL: Nov. 16 and Feb. 13.

— Montreal won the 2010-11 season series, 3-1-0, winning both games at Bell Centre and taking one of the two meetings at RBC Center.

— Eight of the last 12 meetings between the teams has been decided by one goal, including five of the last six at Bell Centre.

— Carolina is 8-2-2 at the Bell Centre since the start of the 2005-06 season. The Canes’ did not lose in Montreal in regulation from Feb. 28, 2004-March 31, 2010 (11 games) prior to losing both games in Montreal last season.

— The Canes have earned points in nine of their last 13 games against the Canadiens (7-4-2).

— CAR point-per-game career players vs. MTL: Jeff Skinner – four points (2g, 2a) in four games; Eric Staal – 31 points (15g, 16a) in 26 games.

— Cam Ward is 12-6-2, with a 2.69 GAA in 20 career appearances against Montreal. Brian Boucher is 2-6-0 with a 2.72 GAA in 11 appearances.

— MTL point-per-game career players vs. CAR: Tomas Plekanec – 27 points (9g, 18a) in 23 games.

— Carey Price is 4-4-1 with a 2.71 GAA in nine career appearances against Carolina. Peter Budaj is 1-1-0 with a 2.85 GAA in two games.

— Montreal forward Erik Cole was a third-round pick (1998 – 71st overall) of the Carolina Hurricanes. Cole spent parts of nine seasons with the Hurricanes, totaling 168 goals and 195 assists for 363 points in 557 games. Cole was a member of the Hurricanes’ Stanley Cup championship team in 2006.

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