Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. COLUMBUS
CAROLINA HURRICANES (20-34-9-6, 55 pts.)
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (24-33-7-3, 58 pts.)
Monday, March 10, 2003, 7 p.m. at the RBC Center
|Mar. 10||Monday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
|Mar. 11||Tuesday||RBC Center||noon|
|Mar. 12||Wednesday||HSBC Arena||11:30 a.m.|
|Mar. 13||Thursday||First Union Center||11:30 a.m.|
|Mar. 15||Saturday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
|Mar. 16||Sunday||RecZone||12:45 p.m.|
ON THE AIR
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)
Carolina netminder Kevin Weekes pitched his second consecutive shutout on March 7 as the Hurricanes scored a 1-0 win against Minnesota. Carolina’s 4-0 win at Pittsburgh on March 6 and 1-0 win against Minnesota on March 7 marked Weekes’ first consecutive regular-season shutouts. Entering Monday’s game, Weekes has not allowed a goal in 131:38 since Dainius Zubrus scored at 8:22 of the third period in Carolina’s 2-0 loss at Washington on March 2. The franchise record for longest individual shutout streak belongs to Trevor Kidd who went 219:21 between March 28 and April 8, 1998 without allowing a goal.
Weekes’ back-to-back shutouts are the Hurricanes’ first since Arturs Irbe shut out Detroit and Edmonton on Dec. 12 and Dec. 15, 1998. The Hurricanes’ have not allowed a goal in 122:11 since Boston’s Rob Zamuner beat Irbe at 17:49 of the third period on March 4. The franchise record for longest team shutout streak is Kidd’s record listed above.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 11-13-7-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 9-21-2-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 52-of-359 (14.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 281-of-342 (82.2%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Niclas Wallin, illness, day-to-day, missed three games (March 4-7)
Left wing Jan Hlavac, hand, day-to-day, missed four games (March 2-7)
Right wing Pavel Brendl, arthroscopic knee surgery, injured reserve, missed six games (Feb. 26-March 7)
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, shoulder, injured reserve, missed 12 games (Feb. 14-March 7)
Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, injured reserve, missed 12 games (Feb. 14- March 7)
Right wing Jeff Heerema, wrist, injured reserve, missed 14 games (Feb. 9-March 7)
Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed 16 games (Feb. 5-March 7)
Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 21 games (Jan. 22-March 7)
CAROLINA / COLUMBUS NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet tonight for the second of two matchups this season. The Hurricanes took the teams’ first meeting on Nov. 30 at Columbus’ Nationwide Arena, 4-2. The Hurricanes and Blue Jackets met just once last season, with Carolina earning the win, 5-2 in Raleigh on November 19. Erik Cole led the Hurricanes in points with two in the game (0g, 2a). Rod Brind’Amour, Jeff Daniels, Marek Malik, Jeff O’Neill, and Glen Wesley all scored goals against the Blue Jackets. Arturs Irbe was in net for Carolina and made 16 saves. The Hurricanes lead the series with the Blue Jackets 3-1-0-0 including a 2-0-0-0 record in Raleigh and 1-1-0-0 record in Columbus.
BLUE JACKETS NOTES
The Blue Jackets went 3-of-7 on the power play Thursday night vs. Vancouver. The Blue Jackets are 59-of-332 (17.8%--10th in NHL entering tonight’s games) with the man-advantage on the season… The power play unit was 3-of-37 (8.1%) in the last eight home games, prior to Thursday’s 3-for-7 effort.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS