Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at PHILADELPHIA

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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at PHILADELPHIA

CAROLINA HURRICANES (18-28-6-6, 48 pts.)
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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (30-16-9-2, 71 pts.)
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, 7 p.m. at First Union Center



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to First Union Center to face Atlantic Division foe Philadelphia. Tonight’s game marks the third meeting between the clubs this season and first at First Union Center. The Flyers and Hurricanes went to overtime in each of their first two meetings. Philadelphia scored a 2-1 overtime win on Nov. 5 and the teams tied on Nov. 15, 1-1. The Hurricanes return home following tonight’s game before departing Monday for Toronto.

PRACTICE TIMES

Feb. 15 Saturday First Union Center 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 16 Sunday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Feb. 17 Monday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Feb. 18 Tuesday Air Canada Centre 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 19 Wednesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 20 Thursday RBC Center TBA
Feb. 21 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox SportsNet (NC)
Radio: WKIX 102.3 FM (Goldsboro); WKXU 101.1 FM (Raleigh); WDTF 570-AM (Raleigh); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WDLZ 98.3-FM (Murfreesboro); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem); WRUP 97.9-FM (New Bern/Morehead City); WSTK 910-AM (Jacksonville); WNMX 106.1 (Charlotte); WCNC 1240-AM (Elizabeth City); WZBO 1260-AM (Edenton)
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES
Right wing Jeff O’Neill has nine goals in the last 19 games. His four-game goals streak (Jan. 3-8: 5g, 0a) was the longest this season by any Carolina player. O’Neill leads the team with 21 goals and 43 points. He ranked tied for sixth among all NHL players with six game-winning goals through games of Feb. 12. Josef Vasicek has five goals and five assists in the last 10 games. Left wing Ryan Bayda made his NHL debut last night against Washington and skated 16:59 with the Hurricanes’ top line.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 10-11-5-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-17-1-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 47-of-307 (15.3%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 243-of-297 (81.8%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, back, day-to-day, missed one game (Feb. 14).
Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, day-to-day, missed one game (Feb. 14).
Right wing Jeff Heerema, wrist, injured reserve, missed three games (Feb. 9-14).
Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed five games (Feb. 5-14).
Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 10 games (Jan. 22-Feb. 14).

CAROLINA / PHILADELPHIA NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Philadelphia Flyers meet tonight for the third of four games this season. Philadelphia defeated Carolina 2-1 in overtime on Nov. 5 at RBC Center and the teams skated to a 1-1 tie on Nov. 15 at RBC Center. Both of Carolina’s games at Philadelphia this season are the second half of back-to-back games.
The Flyers won the regular season series against the Hurricanes last season 3-1-0. Carolina’s lone win came on March 28 in Raleigh, as Sean Hill notched a three-point night with a goal and two assists to lead the Hurricanes to a 4-1 victory. Jaroslav Svoboda notched his first NHL point in the game with an assist on Hill’s goal. Philadelphia won the two teams’ other meeting in Raleigh, 4-3 on Jan. 6. The Flyers won both games at home last season, defeating the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 22 and 4-2 on Jan. 26 at the First Union Center. Hill led all scorers in the season series with six points (2g, 4a). Carolina is 22-45-10-3 all-time against the Flyers, including a 13-20-7-1 record at home and a 9-25-3-2 record in Philadelphia.

FLYERS NOTES
The Flyers are third in the NHL in goals-against average (2.08)...The Flyers have allowed two goals or less in 42 of 57 games this season...The Flyers have allowed 121 goals against this season (73 - at even strength, 43 - while shorthanded and 5 - while on the power play), the third fewest amount in the NHL...The 73 even strength goals allowed (68 - 5-on-5, 2 - 4-on-4 and 3 - empty net) are the fewest amount in the NHL.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 58 21 22 43
10 Francis 58 19 19 38
17 Brind'Amour 48 14 23 37
26 Cole 53 14 13 27
20 Hlavac 54 9 15 24
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 DesRochers 4 3.77 0-3-0 .875
80 Weekes 36 2.49 11-17-4 .918
FLYERS
GP G A TP
97 Roenick 55 19 19 38
8 Recchi 57 15 22 37
26 Handzus 57 16 10 26
25 Primeau 55 14 12 26
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
32 Cechmanek 40 2.03 21-13-6 .917
42 Esche 22 2.05 9-5-3 .912
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