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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

The Hurricanes Media Relations Department created CanesPR.com to provide local, visiting and national media with a variety of convenient resources to cover team. Please visit CanesPR.com for team media guides, practice and media availability information, game notes, audio of player and coach interviews, media clips and more.

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.

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.

CANESPR.COM

The Hurricanes Media Relations Department created CanesPR.com to provide local, visiting and national media with a variety of convenient resources to cover team. Please visit CanesPR.com for team media guides, practice and media availability information, game notes, audio of player and coach interviews, media clips and more.

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.

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.

CANESPR.COM

The Hurricanes Media Relations Department created CanesPR.com to provide local, visiting and national media with a variety of convenient resources to cover team. Please visit CanesPR.com for team media guides, practice and media availability information, game notes, audio of player and coach interviews, media clips and more.

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.

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.