Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. ST. LOUIS
ST. LOUIS BLUES (22-10-4-1, 49 pts., 2nd Central Division)
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.
The Carolina Hurricanes continue their seven-game home stand on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the St. Louis Blues. The Hurricanes won the first two games of the home stand against Montreal and Buffalo, but have dropped the last three contests to Anaheim, Detroit and Phoenix.
Right wing Jeff O’Neill currently leads the Hurricanes in points (20) and assists (16), and earned his 400th career NHL/Hurricanes point with his assist on the game-winning goal at Boston on Dec. 20, and is now one point shy of Pat Verbeek (403) on the franchise’s all-time points list. Forward Josef Vasicek leads the team in goals (9), power-play goals (5) and ranks fourth with 16 points.
ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net (NC & SC)
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)
|Jan. 6||Tuesday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
|Jan. 7||Wednesday||RecZone||11 a.m.|
|Jan. 8||Thursday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
|Jan. 9||Friday||MCI Center||11:30 a.m.|
|Jan. 10||Saturday||RecZone||11:45 a.m.|
|Jan. 11||Sunday||RecZone||9:30 a.m.|
|Jan. 12||Monday||RBC Center||11 a.m.|
|Jan. 13||Tuesday||RBC Center||6 p.m.|
|Jan. 14||Wednesday||RBC Center||11 a.m.|
|Jan. 15||Thursday||St. Pete Times Forum||11 a.m.|
|Jan. 16||Friday||Philips Arena||11:30 a.m.|
MILESTONE WATCH – Hurricanes captain Ron Francis will take sole possession of fourth place on the NHL’s all-time points list, passing Marcel Dionne (1,771) with his next point… Francis is now two goals shy of Maurice Richard (544) on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list… Carolina winger Jeff O’Neill is one point shy of Pat Verbeek (403) for third on the franchise’s all-time points list…
CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-7-5-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 4-10-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 18-of-178 (10.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 135-of-160 (84.4%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report.
CAROLINA / BLUES NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Blues meet for the only time this season on Tuesday at the RBC Center. Last season the Blues took both games in the teams’ two-game series. On Oct. 15, St. Louis scored a 2-1 overtime victory at the RBC Center and, on Jan. 20, skated to a 5-3 win at Savvis Center. Pavol Demitra (0g, 3a) led St. Louis with three points in the two games while Ron Francis (1g, 2a) led the Hurricanes. Carolina posts a 20-35-5-1 all-time record against the Blues, including an 11-17-2-0 home mark and a 9-18-3-1 record in St. Louis.
2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS