Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at PITTSBURGH

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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at PITTSBURGH

CAROLINA HURRICANES (22-40-11-6, 61 pts.)
at
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (26-43-6-5, 63 pts.)
Wednesday, April 2, 2003, 7:30 p.m. Mellon Arena



GAME NIGHT

The Carolina Hurricanes being a two-game road trip as they travel to Pittsburgh to conclude their four-game 2002-03 series against the Penguins. Wednesday’s contest will mark Hurricanes defenseman Sean Hill’s 600th NHL game.

PRACTICE TIMES

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
The Hurricanes have out shot their opponents 225-146 in the last seven games and have averaged 32.1 shots to their opponents’ 20.9 in that span… Carolina has played 19 overtime games in 2002-03, most recently skating to a 3-3 tie against Toronto on March 25. The Hurricanes are 2-6-11 when going to an extra session.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-16-9-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-24-2-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 58-of-406 (14.3%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 311-of-381 (81.5%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Center Kevyn Adams, abdominal strain, day-to-day, missed four games (March 25-31)
Goaltender Patrick DesRochers, broken elbow, indefinite, missed five games (March 22-31)
Left wing Jan Hlavac, broken finger, indefinite, missed 14 games (March 2-31)
Right wing Pavel Brendl, arthroscopic knee surgery, injured reserve, missed 16 games (Feb. 26-March 31)
Left wing Jaroslav Svoboda, dislocated shoulder, injured reserve, missed 22 games (Feb. 14-March 31)
Right wing Jesse Boulerice, concussion, injured reserve, missed 22 games (Feb. 14-March 31)
Right wing Jeff Heerema, broken wrist, injured reserve, missed 24 games (Feb. 9-March 31)
Left wing Erik Cole, broken leg, injured reserve, missed 26 games (Feb. 5-March 31)
Center Rod Brind’Amour, hand surgery, injured reserve, missed 30 games (Jan. 22-March 31)

CAROLINA / PITTSBURGH NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet tonight for their fourth of four games this season. The Hurricanes overcame two one-goal deficits in the teams’ first matchup to down Pittsburgh 3-2 at RBC Center on Nov. 9 but Pittsburgh avenged that loss by downing Carolina 2-0 on Jan. 15. Kevin Weekes pitched his first of two consecutive shutouts on March 6 at Mellon Arena as Carolina cruised to a 4-0 win.
The Hurricanes won last year’s season series with Pittsburgh 2-0-2-0, earning a pair of ties at home and defeating the Penguins twice at Mellon Arena. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie on Nov. 6 and a 3-3 tie on Feb. 5 in Raleigh. The Hurricanes defeated the Penguins 7-0 on Dec. 16 and 3-1 on March 7 in Pittsburgh. Jeff O’Neill was the leading scorer in last year’s season series with six points (3g, 3a) in four games. Ron Francis tallied four goals against his former team last season. The Hurricanes are 37-42-10-0 all-time against Pittsburgh, with a 20-21-5-0 record at home and a 17-21-5-0 record on the road.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 79 30 30 60
10 Francis 79 22 33 55
17 Brind'Amour 48 14 23 37
19 Vrbata 73 16 19 35
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 31 3.20 7-21-2 .878
80 Weekes 51 2.55 14-24-9 .912
PITTSBURGH
GP G A TP
66 Lemieux 66 28 61 89
82 Straka 58 18 26 44
32 Tarnstrom 59 7 32 39
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Hedberg 40 3.11 14-21-4 .895
31 Caron 23 2.67 6-14-2 .916
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