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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. TAMPA BAY

Thursday, 02.20.2003 / 3:59 PM / News
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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 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45