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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ATLANTA

Friday, 01.16.2004 / 10:29 AM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ATLANTA
CAROLINA HURRICANES (14-19-9-2, 39 pts., 4th Southeast Division)
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ATLANTA THRASHERS (19-20-4-2, 44 pts., 2nd Southeast Division)
Friday, Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes take on the Atlanta Thrashers in the second half of a back-to-back set of games against Southeast Division rivals. The Hurricanes were defeated by the Lightning 5-4 on Thursday night in Tampa Bay. Today’s game is also the first half of a home-and-home series with the Thrashers. Carolina and Atlanta will meet again on Sunday at the RBC Center for a 1:30 p.m. matinee.

Right wing Jeff O’Neill currently leads the Hurricanes in points (22) and assists (17). O’Neill passed Pat Verbeek (403) and took sole possession of third place on the franchise’s all-time points list with assist on Eric Staal’s goal against Ottawa on Jan. 11. Forward Josef Vasicek leads the team in goals (12), power-play goals (5) and ranks second with 21 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)
Internet: www.nhl.com

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Jan. 16 Friday Philips Arena 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 17 Saturday RecZone 11:45 a.m.
Jan. 18 Sunday TBD  
Jan. 19 Monday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Jan. 20 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 21 Wednesday Continental Airlines Arena 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 22 Thursday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Jan. 23 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

CAROLINA NOTES
Hurricanes captain Ron Francis is one goal shy of Maurice Richard (544) on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list. The Hurricanes cut a 5-1 first-period deficit down to just one goal on Thursday night in Tampa Bay, but were unable to complete the comeback in a 5-4 loss. Josef Vasicek netted a goal and added a pair of assists and Erik Cole (1g, 1a) and Ron Francis (1g, 1a) each also tallied multiple-point games. Winger Pavel Brendl tallied his first goal in a Hurricanes uniform in his season debut with Carolina. Jamie Storr replaced Kevin Weekes at the 3:24 mark of the first period, and stopped 21 of 24 shots in taking the loss.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 10-7-6-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 4-12-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 21-of-205 (10.2%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 151-of-183 (82.5%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report.

CAROLINA / THRASHERS NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Thrashers meet tonight for the second of six regular-season match ups, and first at Philips Arena. The Hurricanes defeated the Thrashers 5-1 at the RBC Center on Nov. 13, as Erik Cole (1g, 1a) and Ron Francis (1g, 1a) led the scoring. Last season, Atlanta scored its first two regular-season victories against the Hurricanes after Carolina posted a 12-0-3-0 record against the Thrashers in Atlanta’s first three seasons. Atlanta downed the Hurricanes for the first time on Dec. 27 in Raleigh and again March 26 in Atlanta. Carolina won two of the teams’ five matches, including one in overtime on Dec. 20 at Philips Arena. Jeff O’Neill posted six points (3g, 3a) in the five-game regular-season series to lead Carolina and Ilya Kovalchuk led Atlanta with nine points (6g, 3a).

2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 44 5 17 22
63 Vasicek 44 12 9 21
26 Cole 43 7 13 20
12 Staal 44 8 11 19
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Storr 11 3.04 0-6-2 .876
80 Weekes 38 2.08 14-15-7 .919
THRASHERS
GP G A TP
17 Kovalchuk 45 22 26 48
9 Savard 32 15 26 41
13 Kozlov 45 17 20 37
19 McEachern 45 9 23 32
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
34 Dafoe 13 2.76 4-7-1 .909
31 Nurminen 33 2.88 15-15-3 .901

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 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