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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at PITTSBURGH

Wednesday, 03.5.2003 / 9:53 PM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at PITTSBURGH

CAROLINA HURRICANES (18-34-9-6, 51 pts.)
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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (25-33-4-5, 59 pts.)
Thursday, March 6, 2003, 7:30 p.m. at Mellon Arena



GAME NIGHT

The Carolina Hurricanes travel to Pittsburgh for the first game of a back-to-back set and their third of four match ups with the Penguins this season. Following tonight’s game the Hurricanes will return to Raleigh to play host to the Minnesota Wild at the RBC Center on Friday at 7 p.m.

PRACTICE TIMES

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.
Mar. 11 Tuesday RBC Center noon
Mar. 12 Wednesday HSBC Arena 11:30 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net
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
On March 1, Hurricanes captain Ron Francis celebrated his 40th birthday as Carolina visited Toronto. The 22-year NHL veteran ranks second all-time and first among active players in assists, third all-time and second among active players in games played and fifth all-time and second among active players in total points. With his 534th career goal against Boston on March 4, he passed Frank Mahovlich for sole possession of 21st on the all-time goals scored list. That same goal was Francis’ 20th this season, making him just the second player in league history to notch 20 or more 20-goal seasons (Gordie Howe – 22). On Feb. 26 in Phoenix, Francis played his 1,100th game for the Carolina franchise.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 10-13-7-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-21-2-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 51-of-346 (14.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 274-of-335 (81.8%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Niclas Wallin, illness, day-to-day, missed one game (March 4)
Left wing Jan Hlavac, hand, day-to-day, missed two games (March 2-4)
Right wing Pavel Brendl, arthroscopic knee surgery, injured reserve, missed four games (Feb. 26-March 4)
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, shoulder, injured reserve, missed 10 games (Feb. 14-March 4)
Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, injured reserve, missed 10 games (Feb. 14- March 4)
Right wing Jeff Heerema, wrist, injured reserve, missed 12 games (Feb. 9-March 4)
Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed 14 games (Feb. 5-March 4)
Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 19 games (Jan. 22-March 4)

CAROLINA / PITTSBURGH NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet tonight for the third of four games this season and first of two at Mellon Arena. The Hurricanes overcame two one-goal deficits in the teams’ first match up to down Pittsburgh 3-2 at RBC Center on Nov. 9 but Pittsburgh avenged that loss by downing Carolina 2-0 on Jan. 15. The Hurricanes won last year’s season series with Pittsburgh 2-0-2-0, earning a pair of ties at home and defeating the Penguins twice at Mellon Arena. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie on Nov. 6 and a 3-3 tie on Feb. 5 in Raleigh. The Hurricanes defeated the Penguins 7-0 on Dec. 16 and 3-1 on March 7 in Pittsburgh. Jeff O’Neill was the leading scorer in last year’s season series with six points (3g, 3a) in four games. Ron Francis tallied four goals against his former team last season. The Hurricanes are 36-42-10-0 all-time against Pittsburgh, with a 20-21-5-0 record at home and a 16-21-5-0 record on the road.

PENGUINS NOTES
The Penguins were back in action on Feb. 4, in their first game following the All-Star break. The Penguins have 15 games remaining this season, eight home games and seven road games. Last season, the Penguins were 6-18-3-2 following the All-Star break. So far this season, the Penguins are 4-11-0-0 following the All-Star break.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 67 24 25 49
10 Francis 67 20 25 45
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 30 3.17 7-20-2 .880
80 Weekes 42 2.48 11-20-7 .919
PENGUINS
GP G A TP
66 Lemieux 56 27 58 85
82 Straka 45 16 23 39
38 Hrdina 57 14 25 39
32 Tarnstrom 49 5 32 37
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
31 Caron 16 2.54 5-9-1 .921
1 Hedberg 33 2.93 14-16-3 .900

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81