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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. PITTSBURGH

Thursday, 12.18.2003 / 12:58 PM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. PITTSBURGH
CAROLINA HURRICANES (8-12-8-2, 26 pts., 4th Southeast Division)
vs.
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (8-16-4-2, 22 pts., 5th Atlantic Division)
Thursday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes return to the RBC Center following their four-game trans-Canada journey and the hiring of Head Coach Peter Laviolette on Dec. 15, to face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Hurricanes went 1-2-0-1 in their four-game Canadian trip against Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, with the lone win coming Dec. 9 at Edmonton.

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox-DT
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

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Dec. 18 Thursday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 19 Friday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Dec. 20 Saturday none n/a
Dec. 21 Sunday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Dec. 22 Monday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 23 Tuesday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Dec. 24 Wednesday none n/a
Dec. 25 Thursday none n/a
Dec. 26 Friday none n/a
Dec. 27 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 28 Sunday RecZone 11:15 a.m.

CAROLINA NOTES
On Dec. 15, the Carolina Hurricanes made Peter Laviolette the 11th head coach in team history. Laviolette most recently coached the New York Islanders during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons, and led the Islanders to the playoffs both seasons after the team missed the postseason seven straight times between 1994 and 2001. Kevin McCarthy and Jeff Daniels were tapped to assist Laviolette behind the Carolina bench.

Prior to joining the Islanders, Laviolette served as an assistant coach with the Boston Bruins after two years of guiding Boston’s AHL affiliate, Providence. In 1998-99, Laviolette led the Providence Bruins to a 56-15-4 regular-season record, and a 15-4 playoff record that culminated with Providence hoisting the Calder Cup and Laviolette being named AHL Coach of the Year.

Laviolette posted a 77-68-19 (6 overtime losses; .527 winning percentage) record in two complete seasons (164 regular-season games) with the Islanders. NHL Coaching Record: 77-68-19 (6 OTL; .527); Hurricanes Coaching Record: 0-0-0 (0 OTL; .000); NHL Playoffs Record: 4-8.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 5-3-5-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 3-9-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 16-of-140 (11.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 109-of-129 (84.5%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report.

CAROLINA / PENGUINS NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Penguins meet for the third of four match ups during the 2003-04 season and the teams’ final game at the RBC Center this season. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie on Oct. 22 at Mellon Arena, with Ron Francis scoring the lone goal for the Hurricanes. Radim Vrbata notched his second NHL hat trick in Carolina’s 4-3 victory at the RBC Center on Nov. 29. The season series concludes on March 19, again at Mellon Arena.

Last season, the teams split a four-game series, winning once at home and scoring a shutout win on the road. Craig Adams (0g, 3a) and Kevyn Adams (2g, 1a) led Carolina against Pittsburgh in 2002-03 with three points each. Goaltender Kevin Weekes recorded a 4-0 shutout on March 6 at Mellon Arena en route a 2-1-0 record in three games against Pittsburgh. Weekes posted a 1.01 goals-against average and a .961 save percentage against the Pens in 2002-03. The Hurricanes are 38-43-11-0 all-time against Pittsburgh, including a 21-21-5-0 home mark and 17-22-6-0 road record.

2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
26 Cole 29 5 12 17
92 O'Neill 30 2 14 16
63 Vasicek 30 9 5 14
12 Staal 30 6 8 14
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Storr 8 3.00 0-4-2 .878
80 Weekes 25 2.07 8-10-5 .921
PENGUINS
GP G A TP
32 Tarnstrom 30 7 11 18
95 Morozov 29 5 11 16
9 Fata 22 9 6 15
12 Malone 30 7 7 14
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 Aubin 1 2.00 0-0-0 .938
29 Fleury 17 3.20 4-10-2 .910
31 Caron 15 3.81 4-8-2 .882

SCHEDULE

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81