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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at PHOENIX

Wednesday, 02.26.2003 / 11:25 AM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at PHOENIX

CAROLINA HURRICANES (18-30-9-6, 51 pts.)
vs.
PHOENIX COYOTES (23-26-8-4, 58 pts.)
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, 9 p.m. at America West Arena



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes visit Phoenix for the teams’ second meeting this season and Carolina’s first game of a three-game road swing. The Hurricanes wrapped up a three-game homestand on Sunday that saw the team score ties against Boston and Tampa Bay before falling to Anaheim. The Hurricanes will remain in Phoenix until Friday morning when it will depart for Toronto to face the Maple Leafs on Saturday in the first game of a back-to-back set that concludes Sunday in Washington.

PRACTICE TIMES

Feb. 26 Wednesday America West Arena 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 27 Thursday Alltel Ice Den 9:15 a.m.
Feb. 28 Friday Lakeshore Arena TBA
Mar. 1 Saturday Air Canada Centre 11:30 a.m.
Mar. 2 Sunday MCI Center 11:30 a.m.
Mar. 3 Monday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Mar. 4 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 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 12 goals in the last 24 games and has earned points in five of the last six games (Feb. 14-23: 4g, 2a). 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 eighth among all NHL players with six game-winning goals through games of Feb. 24. Josef Vasicek has six goals and five assists in the last 15 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 Feb. 18 at Toronto. Bayda has totaled three points and four penalty minutes in his first six NHL games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 10-12-7-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-18-2-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 49-of-325 (15.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 259-of-316 (82.0%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Right wing Pavel Brendl, arthroscopic knee surgery, injured reserve
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, shoulder, injured reserve, missed six games (Feb. 14-23)
Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, injured reserve, missed six games (Feb. 14-23)
Right wing Jeff Heerema, wrist, injured reserve, missed eight games (Feb. 9-23)
Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed 10 games (Feb. 5-23)
Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 15 games (Jan. 22-Feb. 23)

CAROLINA / PHOENIX NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Phoenix Coyotes meet tonight for the second of two games this season. The Hurricanes took the teams' first meeting, 3-2 on Nov. 12 at RBC Center. Carolina won last year’s season series with Phoenix 1-0-0, defeating the Coyotes 1-0 in overtime in their only meeting of 2001-02. Josef Vasicek scored the game-winner 54 seconds into the overtime period for the win, assisted by Ron Francis and Jeff O’Neill. The Hurricanes are 29-22-8-0 all-time against the Coyotes franchise, with a 14-9-6-0 record at home and a 15-13-2-0 record on the road.

COYOTES NOTES
Since the line of Mike Johnson, Daymond Langkow and Ladislav Nagy was reunited on Feb. 14 at MIN, the three linemates -- Johnson (3-4-7), Langkow (3-3-6) and Nagy (2-5-7) -- have combined for 20 points in the last 6 games. The Coyotes are 4-1-1-0 in the games since Johnson, Langkow and Nagy have been reunited… In the 23 games played so far in 2003, four different Coyotes goaltenders (Sean Burke, Jean-Marc Pelletier, Zac Bierk and Brian Boucher) have a combined .936 SV% and 1.95 GAA compared to an .897 SV% and 2.96 GAA in the 38 games of this current season played in 2002.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 63 24 24 48
10 Francis 63 19 24 43
17 Brind'Amour 48 14 23 37
26 Cole 53 14 13 27
20 Hlavac 59 10 16 26
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 27 3.06 7-17-2 .884
80 Weekes 41 2.49 11-19-7 .919
COYOTES
GP G A TP
12 Johnson 61 18 33 51
8 Briere 61 15 28 43
17 Nagy 59 14 26 40
11 Langkow 61 15 24 39
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Burke 10 2.27 5-4-0 .927
33 Boucher 37 2.81 14-15-7 .901

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NJD 57 29 21 7 125 124 65
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
9 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 BUF 57 23 28 6 135 156 52
15 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 54 14 19 2 33
J. Staal 56 12 21 8 33
J. Skinner 56 19 13 -1 32
K. Versteeg 55 11 21 1 32
E. Staal 56 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 56 8 17 -9 25
A. Nestrasil 49 9 12 1 21
J. Nordstrom 45 5 11 2 16
R. Hainsey 56 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 11 7 .909 2.35
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74