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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at BUFFALO

Tuesday, 03.11.2003 / 9:04 PM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at BUFFALO

CAROLINA HURRICANES (20-34-9-6, 55 pts.)
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BUFFALO SABRES (21-32-9-6, 57 pts.)
Wednesday, March 12, 2003, 7 p.m. at HSBC Arena



GAME NIGHT

The Carolina Hurricanes travel to Buffalo’s HSBC Arena to play the first game of a road-road back-to-back set. Carolina won its third consecutive game on Monday, 6-5 against Columbus, behind Brad DeFauw’s first two NHL goals. DeFauw was recalled from Lowell of the American Hockey League on March 9 and became the first player in franchise history to notch two goals in his debut.

PRACTICE TIMES

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.
Mar. 17 Monday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Mar. 18 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 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
Wednesday’s game marks the Hurricanes debut of winger Radim Vrbata who was acquired on Tuesday from Colorado just prior to the NHL trading deadline in exchange for Bates Battaglia. Vrbata had 11 goals and 19 assists (30 points) in 66 games this season prior to the trade. The 6’ 1”, 190-pound Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, native will wear No. 13 on his sweater… On Monday, Hurricanes left wing Brad DeFauw became the fourth Hurricanes player this season to score a goal in his NHL debut. But, DeFauw didn’t stop there. With 2:37 remaining to play against Columbus on March 10, DeFauw notched his second goal of the game, of the season and of his NHL career. The goal would later prove to be the game-winner and made DeFauw the first player in franchise history to score two goals in his NHL debut.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-13-7-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 9-21-2-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 54-of-364 (14.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 283-of-345 (82.0%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Left wing Jan Hlavac, hand, day-to-day, missed five games (March 2-10)
Right wing Pavel Brendl, arthroscopic knee surgery, injured reserve, missed seven games (Feb. 26-March 10)
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, shoulder, injured reserve, missed 13 games (Feb. 14-March 10)
Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, injured reserve, missed 13 games (Feb. 14- March 10)
Right wing Jeff Heerema, wrist, injured reserve, missed 15 games (Feb. 9-March 10)
Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed 17 games (Feb. 5-March 10)
Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 22 games (Jan. 22-March 10)

CAROLINA / BUFFALO NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres meet tonight in the third of four regular-season matchups. Kevin Weekes made 26 saves to shut out the Sabres in the teams’ first meeting on Nov. 7 at RBC Center, but Buffalo returned the favor by notching six against the Hurricanes in a 6-3 win at HSBC Arena on Jan. 3. Carolina went 1-1-1-1 (4 points) in four games against Buffalo last season and scored a win and an overtime loss at HSBC Arena in 2001-02. The Hurricanes own a 54-76-18-1 all-time record against the Sabres including a 23-43-7-1 road mark.

SABRES NOTES
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced Tuesday that the team has acquired center Daniel Briere from the Phoenix Coyotes. Briere (5’10”, 178 lbs.) was the Coyotes second choice in the first round (24th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. In five seasons, he has appeared in 258 NHL games, recording 70 goals and 76 assists for 146 points. His best season as a pro came in 2001-02 when he recorded 32 goals, 28 assists, 60 points and 12 power play goals which were all career highs at the time. This season he has scored 17 goals and a career high 29 assists for 46 points in 68 games.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 70 27 26 53
10 Francis 70 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%
30 DesRochers 4 3.77 0-3-0 .875
80 Weekes 45 2.43 14-20-7 .920
SABRES
GP G A TP
65 Satan 65 24 38 62
8 Briere 68 17 29 46
12 Kotalik 57 18 12 30
37 Brown 67 15 14 29
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
43 Biron 46 2.44 14-23-6 .911
35 Noronen 10 2.62 1-7-2 .903

SCHEDULE

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81