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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at WASHINGTON

Friday, 02.28.2003 / 10:21 PM / News
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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 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 44 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 49 10 19 -15 29
E. Lindholm 48 9 11 -12 20
R. Nash 49 7 13 -4 20
J. Tlusty 42 12 7 -14 19
J. Skinner 44 10 9 -9 19
N. Gerbe 45 5 13 -7 18
V. Rask 49 6 9 -13 15
A. Sekera 47 1 14 -7 15
J. McClement 49 1 9 -2 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .914 2.41
C. Ward 11 18 4 .913 2.42