Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NEW YORK ISLANDERS
NEW YORK ISLANDERS (9-8-2-0, 20 pts., 3rd Atlantic Division)
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m., Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y.
On the heels of Sunday’s 0-0 tie at home against Tampa Bay, the Hurricanes travel to Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum to face the Islanders on Wednesday in the first half of their “turkey sandwich” series. Carolina will make the short journey to Philadelphia following Wednesday’s game in advance Friday’s matinee at Wachovia Center against the Flyers.
|Nov. 26||Wednesday||Nassau Coliseum||11:30 a.m.|
|Nov. 27||Thursday||Wachovia Center||TBD|
|Nov. 29||Saturday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
|Dec. 1||Monday||RBC Center||11 a.m.|
|Dec. 2||Tuesday||RBC Center||11 a.m.|
|Dec. 3||Wednesday||RBC Center||10:30 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)
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. 24, 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 passed Adam Burt (626) to move into fourth place on the Hurricanes all-time games-played list when he played in number 627 against Tampa on Sunday night.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 4-3-4-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 1-6-3-0
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 11-of-96 (11.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 77-of-92 (83.7%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Glen Wesley – shoulder contusion, Nov. 18 vs. PHI, missed 3 games
Defenseman Bob Boughner – torn meniscus (cartilage, left knee), surgery 11/17, out 2-4 weeks, missed 4 games
CAROLINA / ISLANDERS NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Islanders meet for the first of four match ups during the 2003-04 season. Carolina and the Islanders meet again on Jan. 23 at the RBC Center, March 27 at Nassau Coliseum and wrap the four-game season series on April 2 in Raleigh.
The Hurricanes and Islanders split last season’s four-game set with each team winning once and losing once on home ice. Carolina scored victories against the Islanders on Oct. 30 (4-2 at RBC Center) and Dec. 28 (3-0 at Nassau Coliseum), and New York won on Oct. 22 (4-1 at Nassau Coliseum) and April 6 (2-1 at RBC Center) last season. Rod Brind’Amour (2g, 2a) and Sami Kapanen (3g, 1a) led the Hurricanes in last season’s four-game set. Carolina posts a 39-35-9-2 all-time record against the Islanders, including a 21-16-5-1 mark at home and an 18-19-4-1 record at Nassau Coliseum.
2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS