Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. N.Y. RANGERS
NEW YORK RANGERS (16-15-5-3, 40 pts., 4th Atlantic Division)
Thursday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.
The Carolina Hurricanes wrap up their seven-game home stand on Thursday against the New York Rangers. The Hurricanes won the first two games of the home stand against Montreal and Buffalo before falling to Anaheim, Detroit and Phoenix. Carolina rebounded on Tuesday and downed St. Louis 2-0 behind Kevin Weekes’ fifth shutout this season. Thursday’s game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2’s Thursday Night Hockey. Dave Ryan, Barry Melrose and Brian Engblom will call the game for ESPN2. MSG Network will carry the broadcast back to New York, with Sam Rosen and John Davidson on the call.
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)
|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||11:30 a.m.|
|Jan. 16||Friday||Philips Arena||11:30 a.m.|
Hurricanes centerman Kevyn Adams is known as a penalty killer, and this season the 29-year-old has added a new element to his shorthanded game. Prior to this season, Adams had not scored a shorthanded goal in 290 career NHL games. So far in 2003-04, the Buffalo, NY, native has notched three goals while the opposition was on the power play, most recently against St. Louis’ Chris Osgood on Jan. 6 at the RBC Center.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 9-7-5-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 4-10-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 18-of-183 (9.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 137-of-162 (84.6%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report.
CAROLINA / RANGERS NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Rangers conclude their four-game season series on Thursday at the RBC Center. The teams skated to a 2-2 tie at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 18, and the Rangers downed the Hurricanes in the teams’ second meeting, on Oct. 30, 4-1. Carolina notched two points with a 6-3 win against the Blueshirts on Nov. 6 at the RBC Center. Erik Cole (2g, 3a) leads the Hurricanes with five points in Carolina’s three games against the Rangers this season.
The Rangers won all four of the teams’ 2002-03 meetings, the first sweep for either team against the other since 1986-87, when the Adams Division-winning Hartford Whalers won a three-game set. The Hurricanes were led by Rod Brind’Amour against the Rangers last season. Brind’Amour tallied one goal and two assists in the four meetings. Carolina posts a 37-43-7-0 all-time record against the Rangers, including a 23-16-3-0 home mark and a 14-27-4-0 record at MSG.
2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS