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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. TAMPA BAY

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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. TAMPA BAY

CAROLINA HURRICANES (18-29-8-6, 50 pts.)
vs.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (25-21-9-5, 64 pts.)
Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, 7 p.m. at RBC Center



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes play host to Tampa Bay in the second game of a three-game homestand on Friday at 7 p.m. The Hurricanes kicked off the homestand by scoring a 1-1 tie against Boston on Wednesday night. The Hurricanes are scheduled to practice Saturday at 10:45 at RecZone prior to concluding the homestand against Anaheim on Sunday afternoon.

PRACTICE TIMES

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.
Feb. 25 Tuesday RecZone 10 a.m.
Feb. 26 Wednesday America West Arena 11:30 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net (NC & SC)
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 11 goals in the last 22 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 23 goals and 47 points. He ranked tied for seventh among all NHL players with six game-winning goals through games of Feb. 19. Josef Vasicek has six goals and five assists in the last 13 games. Left wing Ryan Bayda made his NHL debut on Feb. 14 against Washington, earned his first NHL point, an assist on Sean Hill’s goal Feb. 15 at Philadelphia and scored his first NHL goal on Tuesday at Toronto.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 10-11-6-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-18-2-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 49-of-319 (15.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 254-of-309 (82.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, back, day-to-day, missed four games (Feb. 14-19) Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, day-to-day, missed four games (Feb. 14-19) Right wing Jeff Heerema, wrist, injured reserve, missed six games (Feb. 9-19) Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed eight games (Feb. 5-19) Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 13 games (Jan. 22-Feb. 19)

CAROLINA / TAMPA BAY NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet tonight for the final time this season. This marks the fifth meeting between the Southeast Division rivals this season. The Lightning won the teams’ first 2002-03 matchup 5-1 at the St. Pete Times Forum on Oct. 12. Tampa Bay won the rematch in Raleigh, 2-1 in overtime on Nov. 17 before the teams skated to a 1-1 tie on Dec. 18 at RBC Center. On Jan. 30, the final game before the NHL All-Star break, the Lightning scored a 3-1 win at St. Pete Times Forum.
The Hurricanes won the 2001-02 regular-season series against the Lightning with a 3-2-0 record. Carolina was 1-1-0 at home against Tampa Bay, falling to the Lightning 4-0 on Nov. 25, 2001 and defeating Tampa Bay 4-2 on April 10, 2002 to clinch the Southeast Division title. The Hurricanes were 2-1-0 in Tampa, earning wins on Dec. 27 (3-2) and Jan. 30 (3-1) and falling 2-0 on Nov. 17. Carolina is 23-15-6-0 all-time against the Lightning, with a 15-3-4-0 record at home and an 8-12-3-0 record in Tampa.

LIGHTNING NOTES
Tampa Bay is 8-3-3-1 (20 points) inside the Southeast Division this season, 5-1-0-1 at home and 3-2-3-0 on the road against the division … With five intradivisional games remaining this season, the Lightning already have more points against the Southeast than they did all last season (17 points, 7-10-3-0) ... The most points Tampa Bay has ever earned against the Southeast Division was 21 set in 2000-01 (9-8-0-3)

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 61 23 24 47
10 Francis 61 19 23 42
17 Brind'Amour 48 14 23 37
26 Cole 53 14 13 27
20 Hlavac 57 9 16 25
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 DesRochers 4 3.77 0-3-0 .875
80 Weekes 39 2.47 11-18-6 .920
LIGHTNING
GP G A TP
26 Richards 60 28 27 55
19 Richards 58 12 43 55
4 Lecavalier 58 22 32 54
20 Prospal 58 13 41 54
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Khabibulin 50 2.80 20-21-7 .900
47 Grahame 9 1.69 5-2-1 .937

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72