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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.)
at
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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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