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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. MONTREAL

Monday, 03.31.2003 / 11:16 AM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. MONTREAL

CAROLINA HURRICANES (22-39-11-6, 61 pts.)
vs.
MONTREAL CANADIENS (28-34-8-9, 73 pts.)
Monday, March 31, 2003, 7 p.m. at the RBC Center



GAME NIGHT

The Carolina Hurricanes play host to the Montreal Canadiens in the teams’ final meeting of 2002-03. John Forslund and Tripp Tracy will have the call for Carolina on Fox SportsNet while Yvon Pedneault and Pierre Houde will carry the game back to Quebec for RDS. Chuck Kaiton will paint the picture for Hurricanes Radio Network listeners while Dino Sisto, Abe Hefter, Pierre Rinfret and Dany Dube will keep Canadiens radio listeners abreast of the action.

PRACTICE TIMES

Mar. 31 Monday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Apr. 1 Tuesday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Apr. 2 Wednesday Mellon Arena 11:30 a.m.
Apr. 3 Thursday TBA TBA
Apr. 4 Friday Office Depot Center 11:30 a.m.
Apr. 5 Saturday RecZone 11:45 a.m.
Apr. 6 Sunday RBC Center TBA

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
With Mike Watt's Hurricanes debut on March 22 at Montreal, a total of 40 players now have played (or served as back-up goaltender) for Carolina this season. From the Hurricanes' 20-man, opening-game lineup, just 11 players played in Carolina's last game.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-15-9-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-24-2-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 58-of-404 (14.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 308-of-378 (81.5%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Center Kevyn Adams, abdominal strain, day-to-day, missed three games (March 25-29)
Goaltender Patrick DesRochers, broken elbow, indefinite, missed four games (March 22-29)
Left wing Jan Hlavac, broken finger, indefinite, missed 13 games (March 2-29)
Right wing Pavel Brendl, arthroscopic knee surgery, injured reserve, missed 15 games (Feb. 26-March 29)
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, dislocated shoulder, injured reserve, missed 21 games (Feb. 14-March 29)
Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, injured reserve, missed 21 games (Feb. 14-March 29)
Right wing Jeff Heerema, broken wrist, injured reserve, missed 23 games (Feb. 9-March 29)
Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed 25 games (Feb. 5-March 29)
Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 29 games (Jan. 22-March 29)

CAROLINA / MONTREAL NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens meet for the final of four matchups this season. The first match up between the two ended in a 2-2 tie at RBC Center. Carolina posted seven goals against Montreal on Nov. 23 before the Canadiens returned the favor on March 22, taking a 5-3 decision. 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 46-83-19-0 all-time mark against Montreal including a 28-35-12-0 home record and 18-48-7-0 road record.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 78 30 30 60
10 Francis 78 22 33 55
17 Brind'Amour 48 14 23 37
19 Vrbata 72 16 19 35
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 31 3.20 7-21-2 .878
80 Weekes 50 2.52 14-23-9 .914
CANADIENS
GP G A TP
11 Koivu 79 19 49 68
20 Zednik 77 29 18 47
94 Perreault 70 22 21 43
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 Garon 6 2.32 2-4-0 .931
60 Theodore 56 2.88 19-31-6 .908

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72