Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. ANAHEIM
CAROLINA HURRICANES (18-29-9-6, 51 pts.)
MIGHTY DUCKS OF ANAHEIM (28-21-8-4, 68 pts.)
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, 1:30 p.m. at RBC Center
|Feb. 24||Monday||RecZone||11 a.m.|
|Feb. 26||Wednesday||America West Arena||11:30 a.m.|
|Mar. 1||Saturday||Air Canada Centre||11:30 a.m.|
ON THE AIR
Television: Fox DT
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)
Right wing Jeff O’Neill has 12 goals in the last 23 games and has earned points in each of the last five games (Feb. 14-21: 4g, 2a). Sunday is Jeff’s 27th birthday. 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 24 goals and 48 points. He ranked tied for seventh among all NHL players with six game-winning goals through games of Feb. 20. Josef Vasicek has six goals and five assists in the last 14 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. Bayda has totaled three points and four penalty minutes in his first five NHL games.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 10-11-7-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-18-2-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 49-of-321 (15.3%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 257-of-313 (82.1%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, back, day-to-day, missed five games (Feb. 14-21) Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, day-to-day, missed five games (Feb. 14-21) Right wing Jeff Heerema, wrist, injured reserve, missed seven games (Feb. 9-21) Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed nine games (Feb. 5-21) Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 14 games (Jan. 22-Feb. 21)
CAROLINA / ANAHEIM NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim meet tonight in the second of two regular-season match ups. On Feb. 9, the teams met at Arrowhead Pond and the Ducks skated away with a 2-1 win. Last season the Hurricanes won the teams’ lone meeting on Feb. 8 in Anaheim. The Hurricanes hold an 8-5-2-0 all-time mark against Anaheim, including a 5-1-1-0 home ice record and 3-4-1-0 road record.
MIGHTY DUCKS NOTES
The Mighty Ducks have recorded 68 points (28-21-8-4) through 61 games this season, the club's best record ever after 61 games...the next highest point total the club had ever recorded through 61 games was 63 points, set in 1998-99 at 27-25-9...the Ducks are also seven games over .500, just one win shy of the franchise-best mark set twice earlier this season (the club had never been better than five games over .500 until this season).
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS