Preview: Hurricanes at Ottawa Senators (11/27/11)

CAROLINA HURRICANES at OTTAWA SENATORS

Sunday, Nov. 27, 5 p.m.

Scotiabank Place * Ottawa, ON

Hurricanes: 8-12-4 (20 pts.)

Senators: 10-10-2 (22 pts.)

* All statistics through NHL games of Nov. 25

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

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. Maurice: http://carhur.com/c6q

TOMORROW’S GAME

Carolina visits the Ottawa Senators on Sunday at Scotiabank Place for the second of four meetings between the teams in 2011-12 (5 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas HD, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Senators won the first meeting, 3-2, in a shootout on Oct. 25 in Raleigh. Carolina returns to the RBC Center on Tuesday to host the Florida Panthers.

BROADCAST NOTES

— FOX Sports Carolinas continues its coverage of the Hurricanes’ 2011-12 season on Sunday when they visit the Ottawa Senators. 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.

— 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.

HURRICANES STREAKS

Brandon Sutter has assists and points in two straight games (1g, 2a)

Jiri Tlusty has goals and points in two straight games (2g, 1a)

HURRICANES MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

Joni Pitkanen is one game shy of 500 NHL games played

Jiri Tlusty is one game shy of 100 Hurricanes games played

Jussi Jokinen is three assists shy of 200 NHL assists

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

CAROLINA NOTES

On the Road: The Hurricanes travel to Ottawa for a brief one-game road trip on Sunday. Carolina won its last road game, 4-2, in Philadelphia (11/21) and is 3-6-2 on the road this season. The Canes have scored seven power play goals (7-for-50, 14.3%) and three of their five shorthanded goals away from home.

Tightening Up Defensively: Carolina has allowed 11 goals over its last five games (11/18-11/25), an average of 2.2 goals against per game. The Canes are 2-2-1 in that span. The Hurricanes had allowed 37 goals (4.1 per game) in the nine previous games.

Shorthanded Leaders: The Hurricanes lead the NHL with five shorthanded goals this season (through games of Nov. 25). Individually, Brandon Sutter and Patrick Dwyer are tied for the NHL lead with two shorthanded goals each (through games of Nov. 25).

The Captain vs. the Capital: Carolina captain Eric Staal has 14 points (5g, 9a) in the last nine meetings against the Ottawa Senators and has points in eight of those contests. Staal collected five points (3g, 2a), including his 11th career hat trick, in the Nov. 17, 2010 meeting (7-1 Carolina win) at the RBC Center. The Thunder Bay, Ont. native has 28 points (10g, 11a) in 29 career games against the Senators.

Drawing Up Success: The Hurricanes have won 54.3 percent of their face offs (293 of 540) in the last nine games and have won 50 percent or better in eight of those nine games. In that span Jussi Jokinen has won 62.5 percent (75 of 120), captain Eric Staal has won 53.1 percent (85 of 160) and alternate captain Brandon Sutter has won 51.4 percent (75 of 146).

SPECIAL TEAMS REPORT

The Hurricanes have scored a power play goal in two of their last four games and are 13-of-107 (12.1%) on the man-advantage in 2011-12. Carolina is 70-of-87 (80.5%) on the penalty kill this season. The Hurricanes lead the NHL with five shorthanded goals (through games on Nov. 25). Carolina has allowed four 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 24 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 first in the NHL in saves (571) through games of Nov. 25. 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, 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.

CANESPR.COM

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CAROLINA AT HOME: 5-6-2

CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 3-6-2

CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 13-of-107 (12.1%)

CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 70-of-87 (80.5%)

INJURIES

Defenseman, Joni Pitkanen, day-to-day, lower body, missed 8 games

Defenseman, Jay Harrison, day-to-day, upper body, missed 1 game

2011-12 MAN GAMES LOST: 20

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE

DATE

DAY

LOCATION

TIME

Nov. 27

Sunday

none

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.

Dec. 2

Friday

Raleigh Center Ice

TBA

Dec. 3

Saturday

RBC Center

10:30 a.m.

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

HURRICANES vs. SENATORS SERIES NOTES

— Carolina leads all-time 41-30-10 (81), including 24-11-5 (40) at home and 17-19-5 (41) on the road.

— The teams meet four times in 2011-12: In Raleigh, Oct. 25 (3-2 SO loss) and Dec. 23; In Ottawa, Nov. 27 and April 3.

— The Hurricanes won the 2010-11 season series, 3-1-0, taking the final three meetings by a 15-4 margin.

— Carolina has won the last seven of the last eight games between the teams at the RBC Center, outscoring Ottawa 30-12 in those games. The Sens have only netted one goal in six of the last eight meetings.

— Eric Staal tallied five points and a hat trick on the Nov. 17, 2010 win at the RBC Center. Staal’s first goal of the game was his 200th NHL goal.

— Cam Ward is 8-6-1 with a 2.65 GAA and one shutout in 16 career appearances against OTT. Brian Boucher is 1-8-1 with a 3.36 GAA in 11 games.

— OTT point-per-game players vs. CAR: Colin Greening – two points (1g, 1a) in two games; Jason Spezza – 34 pts (14g, 20a) in 28 games.

— Craig Anderson is 3-0-2 with a 3.10 GAA in five career games against Carolina. Alex Auld is 4-3-0, with a 2.99 GAA in eight games.

— Hurricanes assistant coach Tom Barrasso played for both teams during his career, and Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason was a first-round pick of the Senators in 2001.

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