Preview: Hurricanes vs. Jets (11/25/11)

CAROLINA HURRICANES vs. WINNIPEG JETS

Friday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m.

RBC Center * Raleigh, NC

Hurricanes: 8-11-4 (20 pts.)

Jets: 8-9-4 (20 pts.)

* All statistics through NHL games of Nov. 23

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 Winnipeg Jets on Friday at the RBC Center for the second of six meetings between the teams in 2011-12 (7 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas HD, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Jets won the first meeting, 5-3, on Oct. 22 in Winnipeg. Carolina visits the Ottawa Senators on Sunday before returning to the RBC Center on Tuesday to host the Florida Panthers.

HURRICANES STREAKS

None

HURRICANES MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

Joni Pitkanen is one game shy of 500 NHL games played

Jussi Jokinen is three assists shy of 200 NHL assists

Tuomo Ruutu is three assists shy of 100 Hurricanes assists

CAROLINA NOTES

Against the Southeast Division: Carolina is 1-3-1 thus far this season against Southeast Division opponents. The Hurricanes posted a 12-8-4 record against divisional opponents in 2010-11. Since the division was created prior to the 1998-99 season, the Hurricanes have posted a record of 147-97-45-4 in 291 games against the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg franchise.

Home Cooking: The Hurricanes are 5-5-2 on home ice this season and play four of their next five games at the RBC Center. Overall the Canes play 41.5 percent of their 2011-12 home schedule (17 of 41) during November and December.

Scoring Consistency: The Hurricanes have scored at least one goal in seven of their last 10 periods over the last three games (includes OT period vs. MTL). Carolina has scored two goals in a period three times in that stretch, including the first period on Wednesday (11/23) against Montreal.

Taking a 2-0 Lead: Carolina has taken a 2-0 lead in each of its last three games, and has earned points (2-0-1) in each of those games. The Hurricanes are 6-1-2 when taking a 2-0 lead in a game this season.

Shorthanded Leaders: The Hurricanes lead the NHL with five shorthanded goals this season (through games of Nov. 23). Individually, Brandon Sutter and Patrick Dwyer are tied for the NHL lead with two shorthanded goals each (through games of Nov. 23).

Drawing Up Success: The Hurricanes have won 54.6 percent of their face offs (271 of 496) in the last eight games, and have won better than 50 percent in seven of those eight games. In that span, captain Eric Staal has won 53.8 percent (78 of 145), alternate captain Brandon Sutter has won 51.9 percent (70 of 135) and Jussi Jokinen has won 59.8 percent (64 of 107).

QUICK STRIKE GOAL

Jiri Tlusty’s goal 34 seconds into the first period of Wednesday’s game against Montreal was the Hurricanes’ fastest goal to open a game this season. Jeff Skinner scored the previously-fastest goal to open a game for Carolina of 2011-12 with his tally 1:22 into the first period of the team’s 5-3 win against Pittsburgh on Nov. 12. Eric Staal scored the Hurricanes’ fastest goal to open any period this season, 18 seconds into the third period of a 4-3 overtime loss at Washington (10/8).

MULTIPLE SUTTERS WITH POINTS

Cousins Brandon Sutter (1g, 1a) and Brett Sutter (0g, 1a) each recorded a point in Carolina’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday (11/23). From the Elias Sports Bureau: The last time two members of the Sutter family scored points in the same game was March 14, 1994 – Chicago (Rich, 1 point) at Quebec (Ron, 1 point). The last time two Sutter teammates scored in the same game was March 3, 1994, Chicago (Brent, 2 points; Rich, 1 point) vs. Calgary.

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 23 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 (544) through games of Nov. 23. 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 5-3-2 this season when making 30-plus saves. He was 24-7-5 last season when making 30-plus saves.

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CAROLINA AT HOME: 5-5-2

CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 3-6-2

CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 13-of-103 (12.6%)

CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 69-of-86 (80.2%)

INJURIES

Defenseman, Joni Pitkanen, day-to-day, lower body, missed 7 games

2011-12 MAN GAMES LOST: 18

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE

DATE

DAY

LOCATION

TIME

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.

Nov. 30

Wednesday

Raleigh Center Ice

TBA

Dec. 1

Thursday

RBC Center

10:30 a.m.

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

HURRICANES vs. JETS SERIES NOTES

— Carolina leads all-time 43-18-7-1 (69), including 19-11-4 (34) at home and 24-7-3-1 (35) on the road.

— The clubs meet six times during 2011-12: In Raleigh, Nov. 25, Jan. 23 and March 30 and in Winnipeg, Oct. 22 (5-3 loss), Dec. 9 and March 18.

— The Hurricanes posted a 5-0-1 mark against the Winnipeg franchise in 2010-11, including three overtime wins and a shootout victory.

— The Canes are 7-2-1 in the clubs’ last 10 meetings, and have scored three or more goals in regulation/overtime in 11 of the last 14 games between the teams.

— Prior to 2010-11, the teams had not played an overtime game since Jan. 2, 2008. Four of the six games in 2010-11 were settled after regulation.

— The 2010-11 season was the first season series in which CAR took points in every game since the 2001-02 series, when the Canes went 3-0-2-0.

— The road team has won nine of the last 13 meetings between the clubs.

— CAR career point-per-game players vs. WPG: Jeff Skinner – nine points (3g, 6a) in seven games; Eric Staal – 50 pts (20g, 30a) in 49 games.

— Cam Ward is 19-8-3, with a 2.93 GAA and one shutout in 31 career appearances against the Winnipeg franchise. Brian Boucher is 4-6-3 with a 2.59 GAA in 13 games.

— Ondrej Pavelec is 3-5-2, with a 4.03 GAA in 11 career appearances against Carolina. Chris Mason is 3-2-1, with a 1.36 GAA and one shutout in six games.

— Canes forward Anthony Stewart played for the Winnipeg franchise in 2010-11, notching 14 goals and earning 25 assists (39 points) in 80 games. Jets captain Andrew Ladd played three seasons for the Hurricanes, before being traded to Chicago for Tuomo Ruutu on Feb. 26, 2008. Canes forward Patrick Dwyer was a fourth-round draft pick of the Winnipeg franchise, though he never played for the team.

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