Back-to-Back Preview: Hurricanes vs. Maple Leafs (11/20/11) / at Flyers (11/21/11)

CAROLINA HURRICANES vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Sunday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m.

RBC Center * Raleigh, NC

Hurricanes: 6-11-3 (15 pts.)

Maple Leafs: 10-7-2 (22 pts.)

CAROLINA HURRICANES at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Monday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.

Wells Fargo Center * Philadelphia, PA

Flyers: 11-4-3 (25 pts.)

* All statistics through NHL games of Nov. 18

TV:

Sun: No Carolina telecast. LeafsTV’s telecast will be available via NHL Center Ice, including in the Carolina territory.

Mon: FOX Sports Carolinas HD

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 Saturday at the RBC Center. Click here to listen.

BACK TO BACK GAMES

The Carolina Hurricanes host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday at the RBC Center for the first of four meetings between the teams this season (7 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes and Maple Leafs split four meetings in 2010-11, with each team going 2-2-0.

Carolina visits the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday at Wells Fargo Center for the third of four meetings between the teams in 2011-12 (7 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas HD, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Flyers won the first two meetings between the clubs this season, 5-1 in Philadelphia on Oct. 29, and 5-3 in Raleigh on Nov. 14.

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.

— There is no Carolina telecast for Sunday’s game against the Maple Leafs. FOX Sports Carolinas will resume its coverage of the Hurricanes’ 2011-12 season on Monday when the Hurricanes visit the Philadelphia Flyers. 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 broadcasts this season as host of the Hurricanes Live pregame show, and reporting from rinkside during the game.

HURRICANES STREAKS

None

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 NOTES

Back-to-Back Games: Carolina begins its fifth of 16 sets of back-to-back games in 2011-12 on Sunday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Hurricanes are 2-4-2 thus far this season in back-to-back games, including a 1-2-1 mark in the front halves, and a 1-2-1 record in the back halves of those sets. The Hurricanes played 21 sets of back-to-back games in 2010-11, and went 21-15-6 in those contests.

Shutout Consecutive Games: The Hurricanes have been shutout in each of their last two games, losing 4-0 at Montreal (11/16) and 1-0 at home against Buffalo (11/18). The last time Carolina was shutout in consecutive games was Jan. 2, 2007 (3-0 at PIT) and Jan. 4, 2007 (2-0 vs. PHX). The Canes goal drought is at 135:24 as their last goal came at the 4:36 mark of the third period (Dwyer shorthanded penalty shot goal) in a 5-3 loss against Philadelphia on Nov. 14.

1-0 Loss at Home: Friday’s loss to the Sabres was the first 1-0 home loss for the Carolina franchise since Dec. 21, 1984, against the New York Islanders (Kelly Hrudey: 25 saves). Carolina’s last 1-0 loss overall was on Feb. 5, 2008 at Nashville (Chris Mason: 31 saves).

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 Nov. 18. Carolina accomplished the feat on Nov. 14 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. 18). 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.

Penalty Shot Goal: Winger Patrick Dwyer scored the Hurricanes’ first penalty shot goal of the 2011-12 season on Nov. 14 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.

FACING THEIR OLD TEAM

The Hurricanes have five former Maple Leafs – Tim Brent (2009-11), Tomas Kaberle (1998-11), Jay Harrison (2005-09), Alexei Ponikarovsky (2000-10), Jiri Tlusty (2007-09) – on their current roster. Kaberle, Harrison, Ponikarovsky and Tlusty were each drafted by, and made their NHL debuts with the Leafs. Kaberle totaled 520 points (83g, 437a) in 878 games over his 12 seasons in Toronto. Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice was the Leafs’ bench boss for two seasons (2006-07 and 2007-08). Director of Hockey Operations Ron Francis and Assistant Coach Tom Barrasso each briefly played for the Leafs during their careers.

SKINNER 2.0

Second-year winger Jeff Skinner leads the Hurricanes in goals (7), assists (11) and points (18), and has points in 11 of the team’s 20 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 tied for third in the NHL in saves (460) through games of Nov. 18. 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 4-3-1 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.

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CAROLINA AT HOME: 4-5-1

CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 2-6-2

CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 10-of-90 (11.1%)

CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 62-of-77 (80.5%)

INJURIES

Defenseman, Joni Pitkanen, day-to-day, lower body, missed 3 games

2011-12 MAN GAMES LOST: 14

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE

DATE

DAY

LOCATION

TIME

Nov. 20

Sunday

none

none

Nov. 21

Monday

Wells Fargo Center

11:30 a.m.

Nov. 22

Tuesday

Raleigh Center Ice

12:00 p.m.

Nov. 23

Wednesday

RBC Center

10:30 a.m.

Nov. 24

Thursday

TBA

TBA

Nov. 25

Friday

RBC Center

10:30 a.m.

Nov. 26

Saturday

RBC Center

TBA

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

HURRICANES vs. MAPLE LEAFS SERIES NOTES

— Carolina leads all-time 50-34-12-1 (97), including 25-17-6-1 (49) at home and 25-17-6 (48) in Toronto.

— The clubs meet four times in 2011-12: at CAR: Nov. 20 and Dec. 29; at TOR: Dec. 13 and March 27

— The teams split their four-game series in 2010-11, 2-2-0, with each team winning once at home and once on the road.

— The Canes have won 11 of the last 16 meetings between the clubs, including four in overtime/shootout, and have netted four or more goals in five of the teams’ last seven meetings.

— CAR career point-per-game players vs. TOR: Jussi Jokinen – 10 points (2g, 8a) in 10 games; Tuomo Ruutu – 14 points (5g, 9a) in 14 games; Eric Staal – 27 points (12g, 15a) in 26 games

— Cam Ward is 9-8-1 with a 3.14 GAA and one shutout in 18 career games against Toronto. Brian Boucher is 7-2-1 with a 1.68 GAA and one shutout in 11 career appearances against the Leafs.

— TOR point-per-game players vs. CAR: Dion Phaneuf – 8 points (3g, 5a) in 8 games

— Jonas Gustavsson is 1-2-1 with a 3.47 GAA in four games against CAR. James Reimer is 2-0-0, 0.50 GAA and one shutout in two games. Ben Scrivens has not faced the Hurricanes.

— Canes players Tomas Kaberle, Jay Harrison, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Jiri Tlusty were each drafted by and made their NHL debuts with the Leafs. Kaberle spent 12 seasons in Toronto, playing in 878 games and totaling 520 points (83 goals and 437 assists). Tim Brent played the last two seasons with the Maple Leafs.

— Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice was the Leafs’ bench boss for two seasons (2006-07 and 2007-08). Associate Head Coach Ron Francis and Assistant Coach Tom Barrasso each briefly played for the Leafs during their careers.

HURRICANES vs. FLYERS SERIES NOTES

— Carolina trails all-time 29-61-20-3 (113), including 17-27-12-1 (57) at home and 12-34-8-2 (56) in Philadelphia.

— The clubs meet four times in 2011-12: In Raleigh, Nov. 14 (5-3 loss) and Jan. 10; In Philadelphia, Oct. 29 (5-1 loss) and Nov. 21.

— PHI has earned points in 20 of the last 22 meetings (17-2-3) between the clubs.

— Carolina’s win on Feb. 18, 2011 was the first regulation win against the Flyers since Dec. 19, 2006 (2-1 at PHI).

— The Hurricanes have won just 12 times in 56 visits to Philadelphia since joining the NHL in 1979, and are 4-6-3 in their last 13 games at the Wells Fargo Center. Despite this record, the Canes have not been shut out during that 13-game span at PHI, and have tallied two or more goals in nine of the 13 games.

— The teams have gone to overtime in 15 of their last 33 meetings.

— Cam Ward is 4-9-2 with a 3.34 GAA in 15 games against the Flyers. Brian Boucher is 0-3-0 with a 3.98 GAA in four appearances.

— PHI point-per-game career players vs. CAR: Jaromir Jagr – 103 points (34g, 69a) in 71 games, Claude Giroux – 12 points (4g, 8a) in 10 games, Scott Hartnell – 23 points (11g, 12a) in 23 games, Wayne Simmonds – five points (2g, 3a) in five games, Matt Read – two points (1g, 1a) in two games.

— PHI netminder Ilya Bryzgalov is 2-3-1 with a 3.07 GAA and one shutout in six games vs. CAR. Sergei Bobrovski is 3-1-0 with a 2.26 GAA in four games.

— CAR’s roster includes former PHI defenseman Joni Pitkanen, and PHI 2006 third-round draft choice (79th overall). Brian Boucher appeared in 170 games and earned 73 wins over parts of five seasons with the Flyers. Head coach Paul Maurice was drafted by the Flyers in 1985.

— PHI’s roster includes former Carolina franchise first-round pick Chris Pronger. PHI’s coaching staff includes former Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette and former Canes assistant coach Kevin McCarthy.

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