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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. TAMPA BAY

Saturday, 11.22.2003 / 3:27 PM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. TAMPA BAY
CAROLINA HURRICANES (5-9-6-0, 16 pts., 3rd Southeast Division)
vs.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (10-2-2-1, 23 pts., 2nd Southeast Division)
Sunday, November 23, 2003, 7:30 p.m. at RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.
* All Lightning team and individual statistics prior to Saturday’s game vs. Buffalo

GAME NIGHT
The Hurricanes return to the RBC Center on Sunday evening to face division rival Tampa Bay at 7:30 p.m. The game marks the third meeting between the teams this month, as they reach the midpoint of their six-game season series. The Hurricanes have lost just once in their last six home games (11/6-11/15: 3-1-2-0).

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Nov. 23 Sunday RBC Center 10:45 a.m.
Nov. 24 Monday RBC Center TBD
Nov. 25 Tuesday RecZone 11 a.m.
Nov. 26 Wednesday Nassau Coliseum 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 27 Thursday Wachovia Center TBD
Nov. 28 Friday none
Nov. 29 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: none
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
With his next goal scored, Ron Francis will move into a tie with Stan Mikita (541) for 20th on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list. Through games of Nov. 21, Francis (540 career, 4 in 2003-04) was one goal ahead of Detroit’s Brendan Shanahan (539, 6) on that list… With his next assist, Hurricanes defenseman Sean Hill will notch his 100th assist with the team… Winger Jeff O’Neill will pass Adam Burt (626) and move into fourth place on the Hurricanes all-time games-played list with his next game played.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 4-3-3-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 1-5-3-0
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 11-of-90 (12.2%)*
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 73-of-88 (83.0%)*

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Glen Wesley – shoulder contusion, Nov. 18 vs. PHI, missed 2 games
Defenseman Bob Boughner – torn meniscus (cartilage, left knee), surgery 11/17, out 2-4 weeks, missed 3 games

CAROLINA / LIGHTNING NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Lightning meet for the third of six match ups during the 2003-04 season. The teams first met on Nov. 1 at St. Pete Times Forum, a 4-3 Lightning win, and skated to a 1-1 tie eight days later in Raleigh. Carolina and Tampa Bay will meet twice more at St. Pete Times Forum (1/15, 3/13) and have one game remaining at the RBC Center (3/10) after today’s contest.

The Hurricanes were winless against Tampa Bay in 2002-03 for the first season in franchise history, notching just three points in the five games between the teams (0-2-2-1). Ron Francis led all Hurricanes in scoring against Tampa Bay last season with three points (1g, 2a) in five games. The Hurricanes are 23-16-9-1 all-time against the Lightning, including a 15-3-6-1 home mark and a 8-13-3-0 record in Tampa.

2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES*
GP G A TP
26 Cole 19 5 9 14
12 Staal 20 4 8 12
92 O'Neill 20 2 10 12
63 Vasicek 20 8 3 11
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Storr 7 2.97 0-3-2 .878
80 Weekes 15 2.38 5-6-4 .910
LIGHTNING
GP G A TP
61 Stillman 15 10 6 16
26 St. Louis 15 5 10 15
4 Lecavalier 15 9 5 14
19 Richards 15 3 9 12
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
47 Grahame 5 1.07 2-1-1 .956
35 Khabibulin 11 2.17 8-2-1 .920

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