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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BRUINS

Monday, 03.03.2003 / 2:12 PM / 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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45