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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. ATLANTA

Saturday, 01.17.2004 / 1:36 PM / News
Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (15-19-9-2, 41 pts., 3rd Southeast Division)
vs.
ATLANTA THRASHERS (19-21-4-2, 44 pts., 2nd Southeast Division)
Sunday, Jan. 18, 1:30 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes take on the Atlanta Thrashers in the second game of the teams' home-and-home set on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the RBC Center. Carolina rebounded from a 3-1 first-period deficit and won 4-3 at Atlanta's Philips Arena on Friday. Jeff O'Neill notched his second career hat trick in the game.

Right wing Jeff O'Neill currently leads the Hurricanes in points (25) and assists (17). O'Neill tied Pat Verbeek (192) for fifth on the franchise's all-time goal-scoring list with his hat trick at Atlanta on Jan. 16. On Jan. 11, O'Neill passed Verbeek (403) and took sole possession of third place on the franchise's all-time points list with an assist on Eric Staal's goal. Forward Josef Vasicek leads the team in goals (12), power-play goals (5) and ranks second with 21 points.

ON THE AIR
Television: none
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. 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.
Jan. 24 Saturday RecZone 11:45 a.m.
Jan. 25 Sunday none  
Jan. 26 Monday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Jan. 27 Tuesday Air Canada Center 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 28 Wednesday RBC Center 11 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... Hurricanes winger Jeff O'Neill will take sole possession of fifth on the franchise's all-time goal-scoring list with his next marker... On Jan. 13, the Hurricanes recalled winger Pavel Brendl from their American Hockey League affiliate, Lowell. In his first two games with the Hurricanes this season, Brendl has notched a goal and two assists while playing on a line with Jeff O'Neill and Eric Staal.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 10-7-6-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-12-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 22-of-208 (10.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 155-of-188 (82.4%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report.

CAROLINA / THRASHERS NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Thrashers meet tonight for the third of six regular-season match ups, and second game of a home-and-home series that began with a 4-3 Carolina win at Philips Arena on Friday. Jeff O'Neill notched his second career hat trick in Friday's game to lead the Hurricanes past the Thrashers. 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. The teams meet three more times in 2003-04 following tonight's game: March 5 and March 15 at Philips Arena and March 12 at the RBC Center.

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). The Hurricanes are 16-2-4-0 all-time against the Thrashers, including a 9-1-1-0 home record and a 7-1-3-0 road mark.

2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 45 8 17 25
63 Vasicek 45 12 9 21
12 Staal 45 8 12 20
26 Cole 44 7 13 20
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Storr 11 3.04 0-6-2 .876
80 Weekes 39 2.10 15-15-7 .919
THRASHERS
GP G A TP
17 Kovalchuk 46 25 26 50
9 Savard 32 15 26 41
13 Kozlov 46 17 20 37
19 McEachern 46 10 23 33
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
34 Dafoe 14 2.85 4-8-1 .905
31 Nurminen 33 2.88 15-15-3 .901
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STANDINGS

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
2 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
3 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
4 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
5 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
6 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
7 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
8 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 79 21 40 -13 61
J. Skinner 71 33 21 -14 54
A. Sekera 74 11 33 4 44
A. Semin 65 22 20 1 42
J. Staal 82 15 25 2 40
J. Faulk 76 5 27 -9 32
N. Gerbe 81 16 15 -6 31
J. Tlusty 68 16 14 2 30
R. Nash 73 10 14 0 24
P. Dwyer 75 8 14 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 19 14 1 .926 2.30
C. Ward 10 12 6 .898 3.06
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