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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at MONTREAL

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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at MONTREAL

CAROLINA HURRICANES (22-36-10-6, 60 pts.)
at
MONTREAL CANADIENS (27-32-8-8, 70 pts.)
Saturday, March 22, 2003, 7 p.m. at Bell Centre



GAME NIGHT

 
The Carolina Hurricanes travel to Montreal for their third of four regular-season match ups with the Canadiens. The teams will meet for the final time on March 31 at the RBC Center. Montreal suffered a 6-3 loss against the New York Islanders on Thursday and stood eight points out of the final playoff spot prior to Friday’s games.

PRACTICE TIMES

Mar. 22 Saturday Bell Centre 11:30 a.m.
Mar. 23 Sunday RBC Center TBA
Mar. 24 Monday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Mar. 25 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Mar. 26 Wednesday Phillips Arena 10:30 a.m.
Mar. 27 Thursday RBC Center noon
Mar. 28 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
Right wing Jeff O’Neill has 17 goals in the last 35 games and has earned points in 11 of the last 17 games (Feb. 14-March 18: 9g, 6a). O’Neill leads the team with 29 goals and 57 points. Left wing Ryan Bayda made his NHL debut on Feb. 14 against Washington, earned his first NHL point, an assist on Sean Hill’s goal, Feb. 15 at Philadelphia, and scored his first NHL goal on Feb. 18 at Toronto. Bayda has totaled 12 points and four penalty minutes in his first 17 NHL games, including his first multiple-point game, March 4 vs. Boston (1g, 1a), and his first NHL game-winner, March 7 vs. Minnesota. Rookie defenseman Bruno St. Jacques notched his first NHL goal at Pittsburgh on March 6 and first NHL assist on March 10 against Columbus. St. Jacques added assists on the extra-attacker, tying goal and overtime goal on March 12 at Buffalo for his first NHL multiple-assist, multiple-point game. St. Jacques has points in four of the last five games (March 10-18: 1g, 4a).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-14-8-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-22-2-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 56-of-381 (14.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 296-of-360 (82.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Forward Brad DeFauw, elbow, day-to-day, missed one game (March 18)
Defenseman Aaron Ward, hip, day-to-day, missed two games (March 15-18)
Left wing Jan Hlavac, hand, day-to-day, missed nine games (March 2-18)
Right wing Pavel Brendl, arthroscopic knee surgery, injured reserve, missed 11 games (Feb. 26-March 18)
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, shoulder, injured reserve, missed 17 games (Feb. 14-March 18)
Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, injured reserve, missed 17 games (Feb. 14-March 18)
Right wing Jeff Heerema, wrist, injured reserve, missed 19 games (Feb. 9-March 18)
Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed 21 games (Feb. 5-March 18)
Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 26 games (Jan. 22-March 18)

CAROLINA / MONTREAL NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens meet for the second of four matchups this season and the first of two games at Bell Center. The first matchup between the two ended in a 2-2 tie at RBC Center. The two teams met in the 2002 Eastern Conference Semifinals, with the Hurricanes taking the series four games to two. Bates Battaglia established a Hurricanes franchise record for most points in a playoff series with 10 points (4g, 6a) in the six-game series against the Canadiens.
Carolina and Montreal split their four regular season matchups last season 1-1-2. The two teams played to a pair of 1-1 ties in Raleigh on Jan. 17 and March 18. Carolina came back from a pair of two-goal deficits to beat Montreal at the Molson Centre 4-3 on March 2. Jeff O’Neill scored the game-winner with 2:05 left in the game. Montreal defeated Carolina 3-2 on March 2. Oleg Petrov led all scorers in the regular season series with four points (1g, 3a). Sami Kapanen (3g, 0a) led all goal scorers in the series. The Hurricanes hold a 46-82-19-0 all-time mark against Montreal including a 28-35-12-0 home record and 18-47-7-0 road record.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 74 29 28 57
10 Francis 74 21 32 53
17 Brind'Amour 48 14 23 37
19 Vrbata 70 15 19 34
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 30 3.17 7-20-2 .880
30 DesRochers 6 3.62 1-4-0 .887
80 Weekes 47 2.45 14-21-8 .919
CANADIENS
GP G A TP
11 Koivu 75 17 46 63
20 Zednik 73 28 17 45
94 Perreault 66 21 21 42
39 Bulis 75 15 21 36
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
36 Theodore 53 2.85 18-29-6 .909
30 Caron 5 1.99 2-3-0 .942

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
A. Nestrasil 48 7 13 5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60