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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BRUINS

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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
J. Liles 51 2 17 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60