Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at WASHINGTON

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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at WASHINGTON

CAROLINA HURRICANES (4-5-5-0, 13 pts., 3rd Southeast Division)
at
WASHINGTON CAPITALS (3-11-1-0, 7 pts., 5th Southeast Division)
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., at MCI Center, Washington, D.C.



GAME NIGHT

The Carolina Hurricanes hit the road for one game, Wednesday at MCI Center against division rival Washington. The road game is the lone interruption in a span that sees the Hurricanes play seven of eight games at home between Nov. 2 and Nov. 18. Carolina wrapped up a four-game home stand with a 1-1 tie against Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Hurricanes dropped the first game of the home stand to Toronto 2-1 on Nov. 2, but rebounded with wins on Nov. 6 against the NY Rangers (6-3) and Nov. 8 against Los Angeles (3-2 in OT).

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Nov. 9 Sunday Healthy extras and injured 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 12 Wednesday MCI Center 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 13 Thursday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 14 Friday RecZone 11 a.m.
Nov. 15 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 16 Sunday RBC Center TBD
Nov. 17 Monday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Nov. 18 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 19 Wednesday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Nov. 20 Thursday Corel Centre 11:30 a.m.

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); WSJS 600 AM (Winston-Salem); WNMX 106.1 FM (Charlotte)
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES
The Hurricanes begin their fourth set of back-to-back games on Wednesday at Washington before returning home to play host to Atlanta on Thursday. Carolina completed its third of 17 back-to-back sets on Sunday, scoring a 1-1 tie against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the RBC Center. The Hurricanes downed Los Angeles 3-2 in overtime on Saturday to open that back-to-back set. Carolina is currently 2-2-2-0 in back-to-back games, with a 1-1-1-0 record in the front halves of those sets and a 1-1-1-0 record in the back halves.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 3-2-2-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 1-3-3-0
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 7-of-59 (11.9%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 52-of-61 (85.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Right wing Erik Cole – hyperextended right elbow, day-to-day, missed one game
Left wing Jeff Daniels – groin, injured reserve, missed 10 games

CAROLINA / WASHINGTON NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Capitals meet for the first of six 2003-04 meetings, and the first of two games between the clubs this week as Washington travels south to Raleigh for a Saturday evening match at the RBC Center. Following this two-game set between the teams – interrupted by home meetings against Atlanta on Thursday for Carolina and against Tampa Bay on Friday for Washington – will meet four more times between Jan. 9 and Feb. 25 to round out the divisional series.

The Capitals won the 2002-03 five-game set between the clubs, 4-1-0-0. Ron Francis (3g, 0a), Josef Vasicek (2g, 1a), Jeff O’Neill (1g, 2a) and Jan Hlavac (1g, 2a) led the Hurricanes in scoring against Washington last season with three points each in the five-game set. The Hurricanes are 28-48-13-1 all-time against the Capitals, including a 15-21-9-1 home mark and a 13-27-4-0 record in Washington.

2002-03 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
26 Cole 13 4 7 11
63 Vasicek 14 7 3 10
12 Staal 14 3 7 10
92 O'Neill 14 1 9 10
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Storr 3 2.22 0-1-2 .908
80 Weekes 11 1.96 4-4-3 .923
CAPITALS
GP G A TP
620 Lang 15 7 10 17
55 Gonchar 15 1 11 12
66 Jagr 15 4 6 10
9 Zubrus 5 4 3 7
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Charpentier 2 4.05 0-1-0 .884
37 Kolzig 14 2.99 3-10-1 .890
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