Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at PHILADELPHIA
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (12-2-5-1, 30 pts., 1st Atlantic Division)
Friday, Nov. 28, 1 p.m., Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
The Carolina Hurricanes carry a two-game shutout streak into Friday’s matinee match-up against the Flyers at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. The game marks the second half of the team’s “turkey sandwich” series, as the Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders on the eve of Thanksgiving, 2-0 at Nassau Coliseum. Following Friday’s game, the Hurricanes return home to face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at the RBC Center.
Goaltender Kevin Weekes recorded his second consecutive shutout for the second time this season with the 2-0 blanking of the Islanders on Wednesday. Including Sunday’s 0-0 tie with the Lightning and a portion of the game in Ottawa, Weekes’ shutout streak now stands at 128:19. Weekes set a career-high for shutout sequence earlier this season with a stretch of 183:16, from Oct. 22-30. The streak included shutouts on Oct. 23 at Boston (2-0) and Oct. 28 against San Jose (3-0). The regular-season franchise shutout sequence record is 219:21, set by Trevor Kidd from March 28-April 8, 1998.
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)
|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.|
Winger Erik Cole currently leads the team with 14 points (5g, 9a), despite missing one game (11/9) due to an elbow injury. Forward Josef Vasicek currently leads the team in goals (9), power-play goals (5) and ranks tied for third in points (12). Jeff O’Neill leads the team with 11 assists and ranks second on the team with 13 points (2g, 11a). Rookie centerman Eric Staal ranks tied for third among Carolina skaters with 12 points and ranks tied for third on the team with eight assists.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 4-3-4-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 2-6-3-0
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 12-of-102 (11.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 79-of-94 (84.0%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Glen Wesley – Injured Reserve - shoulder contusion, Nov. 18 vs. PHI, missed 3 games
Defenseman Aaron Ward – upper body injury, missed 1 game
CAROLINA / FLYERS NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Flyers meet for the third of four match-ups during the 2003-04 season. The teams skated to a 4-4 tie on Oct. 25 at Wachovia Center to open the season series and tied again on Nov. 18 in Raleigh, 2-2. Niclas Wallin (3g, 0a) leads all scorers in this year’s season series.
Last season, the Hurricanes and the Flyers went to overtime in three of their four meetings. Philadelphia scored an overtime victory on Nov. 5 at the RBC Center, and the teams’ other two overtime games – Nov. 15 and Feb. 15 – ended tied. The Flyers won the only game to end in regulation in 2002-03, March 13 in Raleigh, by a score of 5-3. Jeff O’Neill led all Hurricanes scorers against the Flyers in last season’s four-game set with two goals and two assists. Carolina is 22-46-14-3 all-time against Philadelphia, including a 13-20-9-1 home record and a 9-26-5-2 road mark.
Oct. 25, 2003: Hurricanes 4, Flyers 4 (OT)
Defenseman Niclas Wallin scored two goals and earned second-star honors, and defenseman Danny Markov and winger Radim Vrbata notched their first markers of the season en route to a 4-4 tie at Philadelphia. Jeremy Roenick and Michal Handzus nullified a 2-0 Carolina lead in the second period, and Eric Chouinard and Mark Recchi spoiled the Hurricanes’ subsequent one-goal leads in the third stanza. Jamie Storr earned the tie in his first start in the Carolina net, and made 28 saves in the 65-minute tilt.
Nov. 18, 2003: Hurricanes 2, Philadelphia 2 (OT)
Carolina scored a come-from-behind tie on goals by Jeff O’Neill and Niclas Wallin in the final 9:58 of regulation. Netminder Kevin Weekes made a season-high 41 saves, including five in overtime, to earn first star honors. Center Rod Brind’Amour earned the first assist on both Hurricanes goals and Erik Cole earned his team-leading 14th point with the second assist on Wallin’s marker.
2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS