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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62