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The Carolina Hurricanes continue their stretch of seven consecutive games against Southeast Division opponents on Tuesday at Florida (7:30 p.m., FSN South HD, Hurricanes Radio Network). Carolina has earned points in each of its last four games, going 3-0-1 against the New York Isladers, at Toronto, against Florida and against Atlanta, with the lone blemish being Saturday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Thrashers. The Hurricanes return to Raleigh following Tuesday’s game to finish out their pre-All Star break schedule against Washington on Thursday and against Tampa Bay on Saturday.


  • Center Eric Belanger is two assists shy of 100 for his NHL career
  • Goaltender Cam Ward has started each of the Hurricanes last eight games (12/29-1/13)
  • Left wing Ray Whitney has points in four straight games (1/6-1/13: 2g, 4a)
  • Winger Erik Cole has earned assists and points in two straight games (1/11-1/13: 1g, 3a)
  • Defenseman Anton Babchuk has earned assists and points in two straight games (1/11-1/13: 0g, 2a)

  • The Hurricanes’ are in the midst of seven straight games are against Southeast Division opponents. Carolina currently posts an 11-3-1 record against Southeast Division foes after going 18-11-3 against the division in 2005-06. The Hurricanes began this stretch of divisional games with a 6-4 win against Florida on Jan. 11, and suffered a 4-3 shootout loss against Atlanta on Jan. 13.
  • Carolina has not lost a divisional game on the road since Oct. 26, scoring four straight road wins against Southeast Division foes. The Hurricanes’ three divisional losses have all come on the road – Oct. 7 at Washington (2-5), Oct. 11 at Florida (3-6) and Oct. 26 at Tampa Bay (1-5).
  • On this date: On Jan. 16, 2002, the Hurricanes acquired defenseman Bret Hedican, center Kevyn Adams and defenseman Tomas Malec from Florida in exchange for defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh and center Byron Ritchie. The Hurricanes franchise posts a 5-4-1 all-time record in games played on Jan. 16, including a 2-1-0 record since the team relocated to North Carolina. The franchise’s last regulation loss in a Jan. 16 game occurred in 1993, an 8-3 Hartford loss at Vancouver. Two of the franchise’s four losses on Jan. 16 came in overtime, prior to a point being awarded for overtime losses.
  • The Hurricanes’ power play is 18-for-86 (20.9%) with left wing Cory Stillman in the lineup, and 26-for-187 (13.9%) without him.
  • This season, Carolina’s penalty kill has gone 193-for-222 (86.9%) in 43 games with Rod Brind’Amour in the lineup and went 17-for-27 (63.0%) in the four games Brind’Amour missed in December.


Jan. 11, 2007
Hurricanes 6, Florida 4
The Carolina Hurricanes scored six third-period goals to tie the franchise record for goals scored in the third period (Dec. 27, 1981) and to bounce back from a 3-0 deficit and take two points from division rival Florida at the RBC Center. Chad LaRose opened the third-period onslaught 1:40 into the period when his shot was partially blocked by a Panthers defender, but managed to find the net behind Florida netminder Alex Auld. With the floodgates then opened, Erik Cole, Scott Walker, Cory Stillman and Craig Adams eached scored in the next 8:22 to give the Hurricanes a 5-3 lead. Olli Jokinen scored his second of the game with 56 seconds remaining before Ray Whitney sealed the deal with an empty-net goal at 19:47 to give Carolina a 6-4 win. Cam Ward started the game for Carolina, and allowed just three goals despite the Hurricanes being out shot 31-14 in the game’s first two periods. Ward was replaced by John Grahame who made six saves on seven shots in the third period to earn the win.

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I wish I could see some 'Canes games. Some may say what they will about the team's location, but they have an exciting team to watch IMO.
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