Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BUFFALO
BUFFALO SABRES (14-18-3-1, 32 pts., 5th Northeast Division)
Monday, Dec. 29, 7 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.
The Carolina Hurricanes continue their seven-game home stand on Monday against the Buffalo Sabres. The Hurricanes opened the home stand with a 2-1 overtime win against Montreal on Saturday behind defenseman Sean Hill’s two power-play goals. Following Monday’s game against Buffalo, the Hurricanes will face Anaheim, Detroit, Phoenix, St. Louis and the NY Rangers at the RBC Center in the final five games of the home stand.
ON THE AIR
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)
|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. 5||Monday||RBC Center||11 a.m.|
|Jan. 6||Tuesday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
Since notching his 100th Hurricanes assist on Dec. 22 against Dallas, Carolina defenseman Sean Hill has handled the Hurricanes’ scoring. Hill had the team’s lone goal at Buffalo on Dec. 26 when he beat Mika Noronen in the third period, and followed that performance by scoring both of Carolina’s goals, on the power play, as the Hurricanes downed Montreal in overtime 2-1 on Dec. 27. It was just the second time in his career that Hill had scored twice in the same game (3/21/00).
MILESTONE WATCH – Hurricanes captain Ron Francis (1,170) is just one point shy of tying Marcel Dionne (1,771) for fourth on the NHL’s all-time points list… With his next goal scored, Francis will pass Stan Mikita (541) and take sole possession of 21st on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring 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: 7-4-5-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 4-10-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 18-of-161 (11.2%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 122-of-145 (84.1%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Bruno St. Jacques, abdominal strain, missed 12 games (11/29-12/27), day-to-day.
CAROLINA / SABRES NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Sabres meet for the third of four match ups during the 2003-04 season, and the second time in three days. Buffalo took the team’s first two meetings, both at HSBC Arena. On Nov. 21, Mika Noronen’s pitched his third career shutout for a 5-0 Sabres win. Noronen made 30 saves in the teams’ Dec. 26 match up to notch a 3-1 victory. The teams 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 55-79-18-1 all-time mark against the Sabres, including a 31-34-11-0 home record and a 24-45-7-1 mark in Buffalo.
2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS