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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at BUFFALO, vs. MONTREAL

Friday, 12.26.2003 / 1:26 PM / News
Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (10-13-8-2, 30 pts., 4th Southeast Division)
at
BUFFALO SABRES (12-18-3-1, 28 pts., 5th Northeast Division)
Friday, Dec. 26, 8 p.m., HSBC Arena, Buffalo, N.Y.

vs.
MONTREAL CANADIENS (16-15-4-1, 37 pts., 4th Northeast Division)
Saturday, Dec. 27, 7 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes take to the road Friday for an 8 p.m. match up against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena. The game opens a post-Christmas back-to-back set for Carolina, as the Hurricanes will return to Raleigh following Friday’s game to face Montreal at the RBC Center on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Right wing Jeff O’Neill currently leads the Hurricanes in points (19) and assists (15), and earned his 400th career NHL/Hurricanes point with his assist on the game-winning goal at Boston on Dec. 20, and is now two points shy of Pat Verbeek (403) on the franchise’s all-time points list. Winger Erik Cole (5g, 12a) ranks second on the team in scoring with 17 points. Forward Josef Vasicek leads the team in goals (9), power-play goals (5) and ranks third with 16 points. Rookie Eric Staal ranks fourth on the team with 15 points, and ranks third with seven goals.

ON THE AIR
Television: Friday, Fox Sports Net (NC & SC); Saturday, 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)
Internet: www.nhl.com

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Dec. 26 Friday none n/a
Dec. 27 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 28 Sunday RecZone 11:15 a.m.
Dec. 29 Monday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 30 Tuesday RecZone 11 a.m.
Dec. 31 Wednesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 1 Thursday RecZone 11 a.m.
Jan. 2 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 3 Saturday RecZone 11:45 a.m.
Jan. 4 Sunday none n/a
Jan. 5 Monday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Jan. 6 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

CAROLINA NOTES
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Sean Hill earned his 100th Hurricanes assist when he helped set up winger Jeff O’Neill against Dallas on Dec. 22. It was Hill’s seventh assist of 2003-04, ranking him second among Carolina defensemen in that category. Hill currently ranks third among Hurricanes blueliners with seven points this season. In 322 games in parts of six seasons with the Hurricanes, Hill has posted 25 goals and 100 assists (125 points), and accumulated 379 penalty minutes.
MILESTONE WATCH – Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley will play in his 1,200th NHL game with his next game played… With his next goal scored, Ron Francis will pass Stan Mikita (541) and take sole possession of 21st on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list… Francis (1,169) is just two points shy of tying Marcel Dionne (1,771) for fourth on the NHL’s all-time points list… Winger Jeff O’Neill is two points shy of Pat Verbeek (403) for third on the franchise’s all-time points list…

CAROLINA AT HOME: 6-4-5-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 4-9-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 16-of-153 (10.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 118-of-139 (84.9%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Bruno St. Jacques, abdominal strain, missed 10 games (11/29-12/22), day-to-day.

CAROLINA / SABRES NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Sabres meet for the second of four match ups during the 2003-04 season, and the first of two in the next three days. Buffalo took the team’s first meeting at HSBC Arena on Nov. 21, 5-0 behind Mika Noronen’s third career shutout. The teams meet again on Monday, Dec. 29 at the RBC Center, and will wrap their four-game season series on Jan. 25 in Raleigh.
Last season, the Sabres took two of the team’s four match ups, and earned a point in an overtime loss to Carolina on March 12. Miroslav Satan led all scorers in last season’s series with five points (3g, 2a). Rod Brind’Amour (1g, 2a), Ron Francis (1g, 2a), Bruno St. Jacques (0g, 3a) and Bates Battaglia (1g, 2a) led the Hurricanes with three points each in the four 2002-03 games. Carolina posts a 55-78-18-1 all-time mark against the Sabres, including a 31-34-11-0 home record and a 24-44-7-1 mark in Buffalo.

CAROLINA / CANADIENS NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Canadiens meet for the third game of their four-game season series. Carolina managed just one point in the teams’ back-to-back, home-and-home set, a 1-1 tie at the RBC Center on Dec. 5. Montreal took the team’s meeting the following night at Bell Centre by a 3-1 margin.
Montreal went 2-1-1-0 against Carolina last year, winning once at home and on the road, and scoring a 2-2 tie at RBC Center on Nov. 1. The Hurricanes scored their lone 2002-03 win against Montreal at Bell Centre, 7-3 on Nov. 23. Erik Cole led all Carolina skaters against the Habs last season with five points (3g, 2a), including a hat trick in the Nov. 23 game. The Hurricanes are 46-85-20-0 against Montreal all time, including a 28-36-13-0 home mark and an 18-49-7-0 road record.

2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 33 4 15 19
26 Cole 32 5 12 17
63 Vasicek 33 9 7 16
12 Staal 33 7 8 15
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Storr 8 3.00 0-4-2 .878
80 Weekes 28 2.02 10-11-6 .922
SABRES
GP G A TP
17 Dumont 34 11 14 25
48 Briere 34 10 13 23
23 Drury 32 5 14 19
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Noronen 18 2.18 6-8-1 .918
43 Biron 17 2.87 6-8-2 .895
CANADIENS
GP G A TP
71 Ribeiro 35 6 20 26
44 Souray 36 12 10 22
73 Ryder 35 7 13 20
11 Koivu 23 6 12 18
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
60 Theodore 29 2.24 13-12-3 .922
30 Garon 8 2.46 3-4-1 .910

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 PIT 21 15 4 2 76 49 32
3 NYI 22 16 6 0 72 59 32
4 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
5 DET 22 12 5 5 64 54 29
6 BOS 23 13 9 1 59 57 27
7 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
8 OTT 21 10 7 4 58 56 24
9 FLA 20 8 6 6 42 51 22
10 WSH 21 9 8 4 58 57 22
11 NYR 21 9 8 4 60 62 22
12 NJD 22 9 10 3 53 63 21
13 PHI 21 8 10 3 59 66 19
14 CAR 21 6 12 3 48 63 15
15 CBJ 21 6 13 2 51 76 14
16 BUF 22 6 14 2 37 72 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Nash 21 4 11 0 15
E. Staal 16 6 7 -6 13
J. Faulk 21 2 10 -9 12
J. Skinner 17 5 6 -4 11
J. Tlusty 21 8 2 -11 10
E. Lindholm 21 6 4 -4 10
N. Gerbe 17 2 6 2 8
A. Sekera 20 0 8 -4 8
C. Terry 17 4 3 1 7
V. Rask 21 3 2 -7 5
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 6 8 1 .907 2.61
A. Khudobin 0 4 2 .898 2.97