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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ATLANTA

Friday, 01.16.2004 / 10:29 AM / 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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 44 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 49 10 19 -15 29
E. Lindholm 48 9 11 -12 20
R. Nash 49 7 13 -4 20
J. Tlusty 42 12 7 -14 19
J. Skinner 44 10 9 -9 19
N. Gerbe 45 5 13 -7 18
V. Rask 49 6 9 -13 15
A. Sekera 47 1 14 -7 15
J. McClement 49 1 9 -2 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .914 2.41
C. Ward 11 18 4 .913 2.42