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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. MINNESOTA

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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. MINNESOTA

CAROLINA HURRICANES (19-34-9-6, 53 pts.)
vs.
MINNESOTA WILD (33-23-9-1, 76 pts.)
Friday, March 7, 2003, 7 p.m. at the RBC Center



GAME NIGHT

The Carolina Hurricanes return to the RBC Center on Friday to play host to Minnesota at 7 p.m. Both teams played Thursday night with Carolina winning 4-0 at Pittsburgh and Minnesota skating to a 2-2 tie with Western Conference foe Nashville. Friday’s game is one of 10 Hurricanes games this season broadcast in high definition. Viewers can watch WRAZ’s broadcast on Time Warner digital cable channel 251 or in true high definition on channel 250.

PRACTICE TIMES

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-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
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: 9-21-2-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 52-of-354 (14.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 277-of-338 (82.0%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Niclas Wallin, illness, day-to-day, missed two games (March 4-6)
Left wing Jan Hlavac, hand, day-to-day, missed three games (March 2-6)
Right wing Pavel Brendl, arthroscopic knee surgery, injured reserve, missed five games (Feb. 26-March 6)
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, shoulder, injured reserve, missed 11 games (Feb. 14-March 6)
Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, injured reserve, missed 11 games (Feb. 14- March 6)
Right wing Jeff Heerema, wrist, injured reserve, missed 13 games (Feb. 9-March 6)
Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed 15 games (Feb. 5-March 6)
Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 20 games (Jan. 22-March 6)

CAROLINA / MINNESOTA NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Wild meet for the second of two matchups this season. Minnesota took the teams’ first contest on Dec. 15 at Xcel Energy Center, 2-1. Carolina won last season’s series 2-0. Captain Ron Francis and Jeff O’Neill led Carolina in scoring in last season’s series with four points each. Francis and O’Neill tallied two goals and two assists apiece. The Hurricanes downed the Wild, 7-3 in Minnesota on Oct. 24, 2001. Carolina won the rematch 2-0 in Raleigh on Jan. 15, 2002. Carolina leads the series with Minnesota 2-0-1-0. The Hurricanes are 1-0-0-0 in Raleigh and 1-0-1-0 at Minnesota against the Wild.

WILD NOTES
The Wild are 5-6-3 in 14 back-to-back games this season. The club is 3-3-1-0 on the first night and 2-3-2-0 on the second night of back-to-back games. The club will play 8 more back-to-back games this season. Minnesota earned 30 of its 73 points in back-to-back games last season with a record of 11-11-5-3. The club was 6-3-4-2 on the first night and 5-8-1-1 on the second night of back-to-back games. Minnesota has four sets of back-to-back contests remaining in the regular season.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 68 26 25 51
10 Francis 68 20 26 46
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 43 2.42 12-20-7 .920
WILD
GP G A TP
10 Gaborik 65 28 27 55
11 Dupuis 65 16 25 41
7 Ronning 66 13 24 37
15 Brunette 66 15 21 36
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 Roloson 39 1.93 18-13-7 .929
35 Fernandez 28 2.28 15-10-2 .923

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