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Carolina Hurricanes at the Toronto Maple Leafs preview

Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2007

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The Carolina Hurricanes continue their six-game road swing on Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Versus, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes and the Maple Leafs bring matching 1-1-1 records into Tuesday's game.

 

Broadcast Notes: Tuesday's game marks the first of five Hurricanes games that will be nationally televised on Versus during the 2007-08 season. All Versus games will be produced in high-definition. Time Warner Cable in the Raleigh/Durham market will launch Versus/Golf Channel HD on channel 283 on Oct. 15.

Throughout the season, Mark Roberts will host a 30-minute pre-game show and a one-hour call-in post-game show surrounding all Hurricanes radio broadcasts on the team's new flagship station 99.9 FM The Fan. As always, Hall of Fame play-by-play man Chuck Kaiton will call all of the exciting action for all Hurricanes games, home and road.

 

FSN South, the Hurricanes' local cable television rights holder, resumes its coverage of live Carolina Hurricanes games with Thursday's game at Ottawa. All Hurricanes games on FSN South will be preceded by the 30-minute pregame show Hurricanes Live, hosted and anchored by Hurricanes play-by-play man John Forslund, and featuring interviews and commentary from color analyst Tripp Tracy.

 

Television: Versus (TWC Raleigh/Durham - Ch. 65; Dish Network - Ch. 151; DirecTV - Ch. 603)

Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network - WCMC 99.9 FM The Fan (Raleigh - flagship), Pirate Radio - WGHB 1250 AM and WDLX 930 AM (Greenville, NC... check listings for games), Talk Radio WEEB 990 AM (Southern Pines, NC), WWNB 1490 AM (New Bern, NC)

Internet: www.nhl.com, www.CarolinaHurricanes.com

 

Carolina Notes

* The Maple Leafs have won their last two contests against the Hurricanes, taking a 4-1 win at the RBC Center on Jan. 30, 2007 and a 6-1 win at the Air Canada Centre on March 27, 2007. Toronto's longest win streak against the Carolina franchise is four games.

* The Hurricanes continue their six-game road swing on Tuesday. Carolina suffered a 2-0 loss at Washington in the first game of the trip. The team continues on to Ottawa, Montreal, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia before returning to the RBC Center for an Oct. 22 meeting with Vancouver. The Hurricanes have had just four other six-game road trips in franchise history: Feb. 1-12, 1994 (3-2-1), Jan. 30-Feb. 11, 1996 (5-1-0), Jan. 25-Feb. 8, 1997 (2-4-0) and Nov. 29-Dec. 10, 2005 (3-2-1).

* Carolina's goaltenders' 1.99 combined goals-against average ranked second in the NHL among teams having played at least three games through games of Oct. 7. Only the Ottawa Senators' goaltenders' GAA ranked better at 1.64.

* While it's no surprise that Rod Brind'Amour ranks first among all Hurricanes skaters with 31 career points against the Maple Leafs, center Eric Staal holds the best points-per-game mark against Toronto for his career. The fourth-year NHLer has posted 13 points (6g, 7a) in 12 career games against the Leafs.

ยท Carolina posted an 8-10-2 record against the Northeast Division in 2006-07, and has started the 2007-08 campaign 0-0-1 against the Northeast, suffering a 3-2 overtime loss to Montreal on Oct. 3.
 


CAROLINA AT HOME: 1-0-1


CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 0-1-0


CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 2-of-16 (12.5%)


CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 12-of-17 (70.6%)

INJURY REPORT

Left wing Cory Stillman, torso, day-to-day, missed 3 games

Defenseman Bret Hedican, illness, day-to-day, missed 2 games

Defenseman Mike Commodore, torso, day-to-day, missed 1 game



HURRICANES PRACTICE SCHEDULE


Oct. 9 Tuesday Air Canada Centre 11:30 a.m.


Oct. 10 Wednesday Scotiabank Place 12:00 p.m.


Oct. 11 Thursday Scotiabank Place 10:30 a.m.


Oct. 12 Friday Verdun Auditorium 12:15 p.m.


Oct. 13 Saturday Bell Centre 11:30 a.m.


Oct. 14 Sunday none


Oct. 15 Monday RecZone 11:00 a.m.


Oct. 16 Tuesday RecZone 11:00 a.m.


Oct. 17 Wednesday RecZone 11:00 a.m.


Oct. 18 Thursday RecZone 11:00 a.m.


Oct. 19 Friday Mellon Arena 11:30 a.m.


Oct. 20 Saturday Wachovia Center 11:30 a.m.

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

AGAINST THE MAPLE LEAFS

Tuesday's game marks the first of four regular-season games between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Toronto Maple Leafs this season. The teams will meet next on Dec. 18 at the RBC Center before rounding out the season series with two games in January.

 

Toronto took last year's season series 3-1-0 as the teams split their two games at the ACC and the Leafs scored wins in both of their visits to Raleigh. Tomas Kaberle led Toronto with five points (1g, 4a) in the four game series, while Eric Staal led the Hurricanes with five points (2g, 3a). The Hurricanes franchise posts a 39-29-12-1 all-time record against the Maple Leafs, including a 20-14-6-1 home record and a 19-15-6 record in Toronto.

 
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