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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BRUINS

Monday, 03.3.2003 / 2:12 PM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BRUINS

CAROLINA HURRICANES (18-33-9-6, 51 pts.)
vs.
BOSTON BRUINS (28-25-8-3, 67 pts.)*
Tuesday, March 4, 2003, 7 p.m. at RBC Center*
* All statistics prior to Boston’s game on Monday against Vancouver*



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes return to RBC Center on Tuesday for their fourth and final 2002-03 meeting with Boston. The Hurricanes wrapped up a three-game road swing on Sunday, a 2-0 loss at Washington. Carolina’s road trip began at Phoenix on Wednesday, a 4-2 loss to the Coyotes and continued Saturday at Toronto, a 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs. Carolina rookies Tomas Kurka and Mike Zigomanis each scored goals in their respective NHL debuts on Feb. 26 at Phoenix 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. The Hurricanes will practice at RBC Center on Wednesday before departing for Pittsburgh to face the Penguins on Thursday.

PRACTICE TIMES

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.
Mar. 8 Saturday RecZone 11:45 a.m.
Mar. 9 Sunday RecZone 11:45 a.m.
Mar. 10 Monday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox-DT
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 27 games and has earned points in five of the last nine games (Feb. 14-March 2: 4g, 2a). O’Neill leads the team with 24 goals and 48 points. Josef Vasicek has seven goals and five assists in the last 18 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 five points and four penalty minutes in his first nine NHL games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 10-12-7-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-21-2-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 51-of-341 (15.0%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 273-of-332 (82.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Left wing Jan Hlavac, hand, day-to-day, missed one game (March 2)
Right wing Pavel Brendl, arthroscopic knee surgery, injured reserve, missed three games (Feb. 26-March 2)
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, shoulder, injured reserve, missed nine games (Feb. 14-March 2)
Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, injured reserve, missed nine games (Feb. 14- March 2)
Right wing Jeff Heerema, wrist, injured reserve, missed 11 games (Feb. 9-March 2)
Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed 13 games (Feb. 5-March 2)
Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 18 games (Jan. 22-March 2)

CAROLINA / BOSTON NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Bruins meet for the last of four matchups this season. Boston got the best of Carolina in the teams’ first meeting on Nov. 21 when Glen Murray’s two goals and Brian Rolston’s marker propelled the Bruins past the Hurricanes 3-1. The Hurricanes scored a road win on Jan. 4 at FleetCenter behind Jeff O’Neill’s two power-play goals. Most recently, the teams skated to a 1-1 tie at RBC Center on Feb. 19. The teams split the regular season series last year 2-2-0, with each team winning both of its road games. Carolina defeated Boston at FleetCenter 6-2 on Feb. 28 and 2-0 on March 30. Boston defeated Carolina 6-3 on Jan. 2 and 3-2 on March 26 in Raleigh. Ron Francis was the leading scorer in the 2002-03 season series with seven points (2g, 5a), including his 500th career NHL goal on Jan. 2 in Raleigh. The Hurricanes are 54-80-15-0 all-time against the Bruins, including a 31-34-8-0 record at home and a 23-46-7-0 record in Boston.

BRUINS NOTES
The Bruins are winless in their last eight games at 0-4-3-0 with a 5-2 loss in Tampa Bay on Feb. 15, a 5-1 loss in Nashville on Feb. 17, a 1-1 tie in Carolina on Feb. 19, a 3-2 loss at New Jersey on Feb. 21, a 4-4 tie at NY Islanders on Feb. 23, a 5-5 tie with Dallas on Feb. 25, a 4-1 loss at NY Rangers on Feb. 27 and a 3-2 overtime loss to Philadelphia on Mar. 1.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 66 24 24 48
10 Francis 66 19 24 43
17 Brind'Amour 48 14 23 37
26 Cole 53 14 13 27
20 Hlavac 61 10 16 26
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 29 3.14 7-19-2 .881
80 Weekes 42 2.48 11-20-7 .919
BRUINS
GP G A TP
19 Thornton 59 32 47 79
27 Murray 64 32 35 67
12 Rolston 64 25 22 47
26 Knuble 57 17 22 39
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
32 Shields 27 2.74 10-10-6 .900
30 Hackett 12 3.24 4-7-0 .897

SCHEDULE

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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