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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 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