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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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81