Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BOSTON

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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BOSTON

CAROLINA HURRICANES (18-29-7-6, 49 pts.)
vs.
BOSTON BRUINS (28-23-5-2, 63 pts.)
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, 7 p.m. at RBC Center



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes return to RBC Center to face Northeast Division foe Boston at 7p.m. in the first game of a three-game homestand. Tonight’s game is Carolina’s second of a back-to-back set that began with a 4-3 loss in Toronto on Tuesday. The Hurricanes are scheduled to practice on Thursday at RBC Center before the concluding the homestand against Tampa Bay on Friday and Anaheim on Sunday afternoon.

PRACTICE TIMES

Feb. 19 Wednesday RBC Center 11:30 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: Fox Sports Net (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 10 goals in the last 21 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 22 goals and 46 points. He ranked tied for seventh among all NHL players with six game-winning goals through games of Feb. 16. Josef Vasicek has six goals and five assists in the last 12 games. Left wing Ryan Bayda made his NHL debut on Friday against Washington and earned his first NHL goal on Tuesday in Toronto after recording 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: 8-18-2-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 48-of-317 (15.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 251-of-305 (82.3%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, back, day-to-day, missed three games (Feb. 14-18).
Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, day-to-day, missed three games (Feb. 14-18).
Right wing Jeff Heerema, wrist, injured reserve, missed five games (Feb. 9-18).
Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed seven games (Feb. 5-18).
Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 12 games (Jan. 22-Feb. 18).

CAROLINA / BOSTON NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Bruins meet for the second of four matchups this season. Boston got the best of Carolina in the teams’ first meeting on Nov. 21 when Glen Murray’s two goals and Brian Rolston’s marker propelled the Bruins past the Hurricanes 3-1. Kevyn Adams scored the game’s first goal, his third of the season and Kevin Weekes made 29 saves in the loss. The teams split the regular season series last year 2-2-0, with each team winning both of its road games. Carolina defeated Boston at FleetCenter 6-2 on Feb. 28 and 2-0 on March 30. Boston defeated Carolina 6-3 on Jan. 2 and 3-2 on March 26 in Raleigh. Ron Francis was the leading scorer in the 2002-03 season series with seven points (2g, 5a), including his 500th career NHL goal on Jan. 2 in Raleigh. The Hurricanes are 53-80-14-0 all-time against the Bruins, including a 31-34-7-0 record at home and a 22-46-7-0 record in Boston.

BRUINS NOTES
- The Bruins are 1-3-0-0 on their current seven-game road trip with a 3-1 setback in Montreal on Feb. 11, a 6-5 overtime victory in Florida on Feb. 14, a 5-2 loss in Tampa Bay on Feb. 15 and a 5-1 loss in Nashville on Feb. 17. - They have taken points out of eight of their last 13 games at 6-5-1-1. - The Bruins have taken points out of 35 of their 58 games this season at 28-23-5-2.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 60 22 24 46
10 Francis 60 19 22 41
17 Brind'Amour 48 14 23 37
26 Cole 53 14 13 27
20 Hlavac 56 9 15 24
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 DesRochers 4 3.77 0-3-0 .875
80 Weekes 38 2.50 11-18-5 .918
BRUINS
GP G A TP
19 Thornton 53 29 44 73
27 Murray 58 29 34 63
12 Rolston 58 21 18 39
26 Knuble 51 17 20 37
16 Stumpel 55 11 23 34
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 Hackett 8 3.21 4-4-0 .890
31 Shields 24 2.69 10-10-3 .900
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