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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. COLUMBUS

Sunday, 03.09.2003 / 4:17 PM / News
Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (20-34-9-6, 55 pts.)
vs.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (24-33-7-3, 58 pts.)
Monday, March 10, 2003, 7 p.m. at the RBC Center



GAME NIGHT

The Carolina Hurricanes play the second of two consectutive home games Monday as the Colubus Blue Jackets visit Raleigh. Carolina won its second consecutive game on Friday, 1-0 against Minnesota, behind Kevin Weekes’ second straight shutout performance. Weekes has not allowed a goal since Dainius Zubrus scored on March 2 in the Hurricanes’ 2-0 loss at Washington, a span of 131:38. On Thursday at Pittsburgh, Weekes made 21 saves for his third shutout this season. Weekes’ back-to-back shutouts marked the first time in his career he has accomplished that feat during the regular season.

PRACTICE TIMES

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. 14 Friday RecZone noon
Mar. 15 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Mar. 16 Sunday RecZone 12:45 p.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
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

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 69 26 26 52
10 Francis 69 20 27 47
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 44 2.36 13-20-7 .922
BLUE JACKETS
GP G A TP
14 Whitney 66 21 46 67
25 Cassels 64 14 36 50
8 Sanderson 67 25 23 48
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 Denis 64 3.04 23-34-7 .906
35 Labbe 7 4.15 1-2-0 .870

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 PIT 21 15 4 2 76 49 32
3 NYI 22 16 6 0 72 59 32
4 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
5 DET 22 12 5 5 64 54 29
6 BOS 23 13 9 1 59 57 27
7 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
8 OTT 21 10 7 4 58 56 24
9 FLA 20 8 6 6 42 51 22
10 WSH 21 9 8 4 58 57 22
11 NYR 21 9 8 4 60 62 22
12 NJD 22 9 10 3 53 63 21
13 PHI 21 8 10 3 59 66 19
14 CAR 21 6 12 3 48 63 15
15 CBJ 21 6 13 2 51 76 14
16 BUF 22 6 14 2 37 72 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Nash 21 4 11 0 15
E. Staal 16 6 7 -6 13
J. Faulk 21 2 10 -9 12
J. Skinner 17 5 6 -4 11
J. Tlusty 21 8 2 -11 10
E. Lindholm 21 6 4 -4 10
N. Gerbe 17 2 6 2 8
A. Sekera 20 0 8 -4 8
C. Terry 17 4 3 1 7
V. Rask 21 3 2 -7 5
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 6 8 1 .907 2.61
A. Khudobin 0 4 2 .898 2.97