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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. LOS ANGELES

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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 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62