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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. PITTSBURGH

Thursday, 12.18.2003 / 12:58 PM / 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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61