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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 55 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 53 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 55 12 19 7 31
K. Versteeg 54 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 55 9 21 1 30
E. Lindholm 55 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 48 8 12 0 20
J. Nordstrom 44 5 10 2 15
R. Hainsey 55 3 11 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 7 .909 2.34
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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