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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at WASHINGTON

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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at WASHINGTON

CAROLINA HURRICANES (18-30-9-6, 51 pts.)*
vs.
WASHINGTON CAPITALS (30-25-7-3, 70 pts.)*
Sunday, March 2, 2003, 6 p.m. at MCI Center
* All statistics prior to Saturday's games



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes wrap up a three-game road trip Sunday at Washington. The Hurricanes will travel to Washington following Saturday’s game in Toronto for Sunday evening’s match up against Washington and then return to Raleigh for practice at RBC Center on Monday.

PRACTICE TIMES

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.
Mar. 5 Wednesday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Mar. 6 Thursday Mellon Arena 11:30 a.m.
Mar. 7 Friday 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
With his next goal, Hurricanes captain Ron Francis will pass Frank Mahovlich for sole possession of 21st on the all-time goals-scored list. On Wednesday in Phoenix, the 22-year NHL veteran played his 1,100th game for the Carolina franchise.
The Hurricanes begin their 16th back-to-back set of 2002-03 Saturday against Toronto before traveling to Washington to conclude the set on Sunday… Carolina is 11-15-3-1 in back-to-back games with a 7-7-1-0 record in the front half and a 4-8-2-1 record in the back half of back-to-back sets…The Hurricanes are 4-8-3-2 against the Southeast Division after scoring a 2-2 tie at home on Feb. 21 against Tampa Bay. Since the division was created, Carolina has a 44-23-23-3 record in 93 games against the Washington Capitals, Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.
Carolina rookies Tomas Kurka and Michael Zigomanis each scored goals in their respective NHL debuts on Wednesday making them the first duo to do so for the same team since Stanislav Chistov and Alexei Smirnov for Anaheim at St. Louis on Oct. 10, 2002.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 10-12-7-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-19-2-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 50-of-331 (15.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 262-of-320 (81.9%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Right wing Pavel Brendl, arthroscopic knee surgery, injured reserve, missed one game (Feb. 26)
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, shoulder, injured reserve, missed seven games (Feb. 14-26)
Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, injured reserve, missed seven games (Feb. 14-26)
Right wing Jeff Heerema, wrist, injured reserve, missed nine games (Feb. 9-26)
Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed 11 games (Feb. 5-26)
Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 16 games (Jan. 22-Feb. 26)

CAROLINA / WASHINGTON NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Washington Capitals meet tonight in the fourth of five matchups this season. They will wrap the five-game divisional set on March 2 at MCI Center. The Capitals took the teams’ first game this year 2-1 on Oct. 17 at RBC Center and won again in Raleigh on Jan. 10, 4-1. On Jan. 22 at MCI Center, the Capitals won an eight-goal affair, 5-3. In the teams’ most recent meeting, Feb. 14 at RBC Center, Carolina triumphed 3-1. The Capitals won the regular-season series against the Hurricanes last season 2-1-2. Carolina’s lone win came on Nov. 8, 2001 at MCI Center, 3-2 on a game-winning goal by Jeff O’Neill in the third period. The teams tied on March 8, 2002 in Raleigh 2-2 and on Dec. 30, 2001 at the MCI Center 5-5. Washington took a 4-3 overtime victory in Raleigh on Dec. 2, 2001 and came away with a 6-2 victory at the MCI Center on Nov. 30, 2001. Sami Kapanen led Carolina with eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) against Washington. Ron Francis scored four goals in the five games. The Hurricanes are 28-47-13-1 in the all-time regular-season series against Washington. The Hurricanes are 15-21-9-1 against the Capitals at home and 13-26-4-0 in Washington.

CAPITALS NOTES
Center Robert Lang's assist on Jaromir Jagr's second-period goal Feb. 24 vs. Montreal marked his 50th point (17g-33a) of the season, giving him a fourth consecutive campaign with at least 50 points, while matching his season total of last year (18g-32a in 2001-02). The Capitals now have four players with at least 50 points this season (Jagr, Sergei Gonchar, Michael Nylander, Lang), joining the St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning as the only clubs to hold that distinction.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 64 24 24 48
10 Francis 64 19 24 43
17 Brind'Amour 48 14 23 37
26 Cole 53 14 13 27
20 Hlavac 60 10 16 26
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 28 3.10 7-18-2 .881
80 Weekes 41 2.49 11-19-7 .919
CAPITALS
GP G A TP
68 Jagr 64 34 35 69
55 Gonchar 65 14 39 53
20 Lang 65 17 35 52
92 Nylander 63 15 37 52
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
37 Kolzig 51 2.38 25-20-5 .921
35 Charpentier 12 2.61 4-5-1 .914

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 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