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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 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