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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BUFFALO

Tuesday, 12.30.2003 / 4:58 PM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BUFFALO
CAROLINA HURRICANES (11-14-8-2, 32 pts., 4th Southeast Division)
vs.
BUFFALO SABRES (14-18-3-1, 32 pts., 5th Northeast Division)
Monday, Dec. 29, 7 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.

GAME NIGHT
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
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. 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
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

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 35 4 15 19
26 Cole 34 5 12 17
63 Vasicek 35 9 7 16
12 Staal 35 7 9 16
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Storr 8 3.00 0-4-2 .878
80 Weekes 30 1.99 11-12-6 .923
SABRES
GP G A TP
17 Dumont 35 11 14 25
48 Briere 36 11 14 25
23 Drury 32 5 14 19
81 Satan 36 10 8 18
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Noronen 20 2.05 8-8-1 .923
43 Biron 17 2.87 6-8-2 .895

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72