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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. LOS ANGELES

Friday, 03.14.2003 / 8:17 PM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. LOS ANGELES

CAROLINA HURRICANES (22-35-9-6, 59 pts.)
vs.
LOS ANGELES KINGS (29-33-4-4, 66 pts.)*
Saturday, March 15, 2003, 7 p.m. at RBC Center
* All Los Angeles statistics prior to Friday’s game at Washington *



GAME NIGHT

The Carolina Hurricanes return to the RBC Center Center to play the first game of a two game home stand as the Los Angeles Kings visit Raleigh. The Hurricanes went 1-1-0-0 in their back-to-back road set on Wednesday and Thursday, scoring a 3-2 overtime win at Buffalo and falling 5-3 at Philadelphia. Radim Vrbata made his Hurricanes debut memorable by scoring the extra-attacker, tying goal with 10 seconds remaining in regulation at Buffalo. He added a power-play goal at Philadelphia. Craig Adams added his first NHL overtime goal at Buffalo to seal the win for the Hurricanes.

PRACTICE TIMES

Mar. 15 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Mar. 16 Sunday RecZone TBA
Mar. 17 Monday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Mar. 18 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Mar. 19 Wednesday RBC Center noon
Mar. 20 Thursday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Mar. 21 Friday RecZone 11 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net (NC & SC)
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 13 at Philadelphia, on Carolina’s first goal, Hurricanes captain Ron Francis notched his first of two assists that night – his 50th point this season. That moved Francis into a tie with Hall of Famer Gordie Howe as the only players to record 22 consecutive 50-plus point seasons. What’s more remarkable is that Francis achieved the feat despite the shortened 1994-95 season when he recorded 11 goals and 48 assists in just 44 games. Howe never played fewer than 63 games in any of his 22 consecutive 50-plus point seasons.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-13-7-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-22-2-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 55-of-372 (14.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 291-of-355 (82.0%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Left wing Jan Hlavac, hand, day-to-day, missed seven games (March 2-13)
Right wing Pavel Brendl, arthroscopic knee surgery, injured reserve, missed nine games (Feb. 26-March 13)
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, shoulder, injured reserve, missed 15 games (Feb. 14-March 13)
Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, injured reserve, missed 15 games (Feb. 14- March 13)
Right wing Jeff Heerema, wrist, injured reserve, missed 17 games (Feb. 9-March 13)
Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed 19 games (Feb. 5-March 13)
Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 24 games (Jan. 22-March 13)

CAROLINA / LOS ANGELES NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings meet tonight in the second of two regular-season match ups. Los Angeles handed Carolina its worst defeat of 2002-03, 8-2 on Feb. 7 at Staples Center. Last season the teams split their two-game set with each team winning at home. Carolina downed Los Angeles 3-2 in overtime on Oct. 28, 2001, and the Kings scored a 2-1 win on Feb. 7, 2002, one year ago today. Carolina winger Sami Kapanen led all scorers in last year’s two-game set with a goal and two assists (3 points). The Hurricanes hold a 24-28-7-0 all-time mark against Los Angeles, including a 14-11-4-0 home ice record and 10-17-3-0 road record.

KINGS NOTES
This season 41 different players have appear in at least one game for the Kings. This list includes: 3 goalies (Huet, Potvin, Storr); 11 defensemen (Miller, Zizka, Kuznetsov, Lilja*, Schneider+, Norstrom, Visnovsky, Corvo, Yushkevich**, McAlpine and Modry); and 27 forwards (Rasmussen, Kelly, K.Belanger, Cammalleri, Avery, Smolinski++, Laperriere, Johnson, Frolov, E. Belanger, Bednar*, Deadmarsh, Chartrand, Aulin, Armstrong, Palffy, Brennan, Allison, Eloranta,Flinn, Schmidt, Smithson, Rosa, Heinze, Bekar, Barney and Norton). In addition, two other players have been recalled but have not played for the Kings (Holland and Scott).

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 72 28 27 55
10 Francis 72 21 30 51
17 Brind'Amour 48 14 23 37
19 Vrbata 68 13 19 32
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 DesRochers 6 3.62 1-4-0 .887
80 Weekes 45 2.43 14-20-7 .920
KINGS
GP G A TP
33 Palffy 64 31 41 72
44 Modry 70 10 23 33
32 Armstrong 54 10 22 32
25 Belanger 50 12 16 28
41 Allison 26 6 22 28
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
39 Potvin 42 2.66 17-20-3 .894
1 Storr 34 2.58 11-17-1 .904

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 61 12 28 -16 40
E. Staal 56 18 19 -10 37
E. Lindholm 60 11 16 -16 27
J. Skinner 56 16 10 -16 26
R. Nash 58 7 15 -9 22
N. Gerbe 57 7 15 -11 22
V. Rask 59 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 61 6 12 3 18
J. Staal 25 4 12 -2 16
A. Nestrasil 33 4 10 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 19 4 .913 2.37
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60