Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. PITTSBURGH
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (8-16-4-2, 22 pts., 5th Atlantic Division)
Thursday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.
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.
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|Dec. 18||Thursday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
|Dec. 19||Friday||RBC Center||11 a.m.|
|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. 27||Saturday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
|Dec. 28||Sunday||RecZone||11:15 a.m.|
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