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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 24 16 7 1 62 59 33
2 PIT 22 15 5 2 78 53 32
3 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
4 NYI 23 16 7 0 74 64 32
5 DET 23 13 5 5 69 58 31
6 BOS 24 14 9 1 61 58 29
7 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
8 FLA 21 9 6 6 45 53 24
9 WSH 22 10 8 4 63 59 24
10 NYR 22 10 8 4 63 62 24
11 OTT 22 10 8 4 60 59 24
12 NJD 23 9 10 4 57 68 22
13 PHI 22 8 11 3 59 69 19
14 CAR 22 7 12 3 52 65 17
15 BUF 23 7 14 2 39 73 16
16 CBJ 22 6 14 2 51 81 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Nash 22 4 11 0 15
E. Staal 17 6 8 -7 14
J. Faulk 22 2 12 -10 14
J. Tlusty 22 10 3 -9 13
E. Lindholm 22 6 5 -5 11
J. Skinner 18 5 6 -5 11
N. Gerbe 18 3 6 2 9
A. Sekera 21 0 8 -6 8
C. Terry 17 4 3 1 7
V. Rask 22 3 3 -8 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 7 8 1 .907 2.57
A. Khudobin 0 4 2 .898 2.97