Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at TORONTO

Tuesday, 02.18.2003 / 8:59 PM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at TORONTO

CAROLINA HURRICANES (18-28-7-6, 49 pts.)
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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (32-21-4-1, 69 pts.)
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, 7:30 p.m. at Air Canada Centre



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to Air Canada Centre to face Northeast Division foe Toronto. Tonight’s game marks the second of four meetings between the clubs this season and first of two in the next 12 days. The Maple Leafs downed the Hurricanes 3-2 in the teams’ first meeting, Jan. 29 at RBC Center. The Hurricanes return home following tonight’s game for tomorrow night’s match up against Boston.

PRACTICE TIMES

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.
Feb. 22 Saturday RecZone 10:45 a.m.
Feb. 24 Monday RBC Center 11 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: none
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 10 goals in the last 20 games. O’Neill leads the team with 22 goals and 45 points. He ranked tied for seventh among all NHL players with six game-winning goals through games of Feb. 16. Josef Vasicek has five goals and five assists in the last 11 games. Left wing Ryan Bayda made his NHL debut on Friday against Washington and earned his first NHL point, an assist on Sean Hill’s goal, Saturday at Philadelphia.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 10-11-5-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-17-2-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 47-of-310 (15.2%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 245-of-299 (81.9%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, back, day-to-day, missed two games (Feb. 14-15).
Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, day-to-day, missed two games (Feb. 14-15).
Right wing Jeff Heerema, wrist, injured reserve, missed four games (Feb. 9-15).
Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed six games (Feb. 5-15).
Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 11 games (Jan. 22-Feb. 15).

CAROLINA / TORONTO NOTES
Tonight marks the second of four regular-season meetings between the Hurricanes and Toronto. The teams meet again at Air Canada Centre on March 1 before wrapping the season series in Raleigh on March 25. Last spring, Carolina downed the Maple Leafs 4-2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series. In the 2001-02 regular season, the teams split the four-game series by winning one game and dropping one game on home ice. Sami Kapanen led the Hurricanes with six points (5g, 1a) in the regular-season series. Bates Battaglia (2g, 2a) and captain Ron Francis (0g, 4a) eached notched four points against the Leafs last season. Mats Sundin led all Toronto scorers in the four-game set with five points (3g, 2a). Carolina holds a 34-22-10-0 all-time record against the Maple Leafs including an 18-11-5-0 home mark and a 16-11-5-0 road record.

MAPLE LEAFS NOTES
Mats Sundin is on the verge of reaching two significant NHL Miletsones. Sundin needs just nine points for 1000 career NHL points and 18 games played for 1000 career NHL games. He would become only the fifth player to register his 1000th career NHL point in a Toronto uniform… Toronto had their 13 game home unbeaten streak snapped January 21 vs. Philadelphia (12-0-1-0). It is the longest home unbeaten streak in the NHL this season.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 59 22 23 45
10 Francis 59 19 20 39
17 Brind'Amour 48 14 23 37
26 Cole 53 14 13 27
20 Hlavac 55 9 15 24
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 DesRochers 4 3.77 0-3-0 .875
80 Weekes 3637font> 2.47 11-17-5 .919
MAPLE LEAFS
GP G A TP
89 Mogilny 52 22 35 57
13 Sundin 52 27 22 49
11 Antropov 50 14 21 35
15 Kaberle 58 7 27 34
16 Tucker 58 7 23 30
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
20 Belfour 45 2.09 27-15-3 .928
37 Kidd 12 3.29 4-6-1 .891
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