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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at PITTSBURGH

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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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 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