Preview: Hurricanes vs. Canadiens (11/23/11)

CAROLINA HURRICANES vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m.

RBC Center * Raleigh, NC

Hurricanes: 8-11-3 (19 pts.)

Canadiens: 9-9-3 (21 pts.)

* All statistics through NHL games of Nov. 21

TV: 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

TOMORROW’S GAME

Carolina hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday at the RBC Center for the second four meetings between the teams in 2011-12 (7 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas HD, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Canadiens won the first meeting, 4-0, on Nov. 16 in Montreal. Carolina hosts the Winnipeg Jets at the RBC Center on Friday.

HURRICANES STREAKS

Alexei Ponikarovsky has points in two straight games (2g, 2a)

Jussi Jokinen has points in two straight games (1g, 2a)

Jay Harrison has points in two straight games (1g, 1a)

Jeff Skinner has points in two straight games (2g, 1a)

HURRICANES MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

Joni Pitkanen is one game shy of 500 NHL games played

Tuomo Ruutu is three 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

Home Cooking: The Hurricanes play five of their next six games at the RBC Center, beginning with Wednesday’s game against the Canadiens. Carolina is 5-5-1 at home this season. Overall the Canes play 41.5 percent of their 2011-12 home schedule (17 of 41) during November and December.

Offense Returns: After being shutout in back-to-back games (11/16 at MTL and 11/18 vs. BUF) the Hurricanes have scored at least one goal in five of their last six periods. Carolina scored two goals in each the first and second periods of its 4-2 win at Philadelphia on Monday (11/21).

Taking a 2-0 Lead: Carolina is 6-1-1 thus far in 2011-12 when taking a 2-0 lead in a game. The Hurricanes have taken a 2-0 lead in each of their last two games – both wins – against Toronto (11/20) and at Philadelphia (11/21).

Drawing Up Success: The Hurricanes have won 55.7 percent of their face offs (243 of 436) over the last seven games, including winning 40 of 68 draws (58.8%) against Philadelphia on Monday (11/21). In that span captain Eric Staal has won 56.7 percent (72 of 127), alternate captain Brandon Sutter has won 54.8 percent (63 of 115) and Jussi Jokinen has won 56.9 percent (53 of 93).

Shorthanded Success: The Hurricanes lead the NHL with five shorthanded goals, through games of Nov. 21. Carolina has scored two shorthanded goals in a game twice this season – Oct. 14 at BUF and Nov. 14 vs. PHI. 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. 21). Sutter potted shorthanded goals at Buffalo (10/14) and at New Jersey (11/8). Dwyer scored both of his shorthanded goals on Nov. 14 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.

SPECIAL TEAMS REPORT

The Hurricanes scored two power play goals on Monday at Philadelphia (2-of-4) and are 13-of-99 (13.1%) on the man-advantage in 2011-12. Carolina is 66-of-83 (79.5%) on the penalty kill this season. The Hurricanes lead the NHL with five shorthanded goals (through games on Nov. 21). Carolina has allowed three shorthanded goals this season.

SKINNER 2.0

Second-year winger Jeff Skinner leads the Hurricanes in goals (9), assists (12) and points (21), and has points in 13 of the team’s 22 games this season. The 2011 Calder Trophy winner has had two, three-game point streaks and five multi-point games thus far in 2011-12. Skinner is ahead of his 2010-11 scoring pace, as it took him 35 games to score nine goals in his rookie season and 29 games to record 21 points last season. He reached nine goals and 21 points in the team’s 22nd game (11/21 at 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 (513) through games of Nov. 21. 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 5-3-1 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: 5-5-1

CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 3-6-2

CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 13-of-99 (13.1%)

CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 66-of-83 (79.5%)

INJURIES

Defenseman, Joni Pitkanen, day-to-day, lower body, missed 6 games

2011-12 MAN GAMES LOST: 17

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE

DATE

DAY

LOCATION

TIME

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

Nov. 27

Sunday

Scotiabank Place

TBA

Nov. 28

Monday

RBC Center

TBA

Nov. 29

Tuesday

RBC Center

10:30 a.m.

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

HURRICANES vs. CANADIENS SERIES NOTES

— Carolina trails all time 62-92-23-1 (178), including 36-40-14 (90) at home and 26-52-9-1 (88) in Montreal.

— The teams meet four times in 2011-12: at CAR: Nov. 23 and April 5; at MTL: Nov. 16 (4-0 loss) 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 13 meetings between the teams has been decided by one goal, including five of the last seven at Bell Centre.

— Carolina is 8-3-2 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 the last three games in Montreal.

— The Canes have earned points in nine of their last 14 games against the Canadiens (7-5-2).

— CAR point-per-game career players vs. MTL: Eric Staal – 31 points (15g, 16a) in 27 games.

— Cam Ward is 12-7-2, with a 2.76 GAA in 21 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 – 29 points (9g, 20a) in 24 games; P.K. Subban – four points (2g, 2a) in four games.

— Carey Price is 5-4-1 with a 2.42 GAA with one shutout in 10 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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