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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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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