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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. ATLANTA

Saturday, 01.17.2004 / 1:36 PM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. ATLANTA
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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 61 12 28 -16 40
E. Staal 56 18 19 -10 37
E. Lindholm 60 11 16 -16 27
J. Skinner 56 16 10 -16 26
R. Nash 58 7 15 -9 22
N. Gerbe 57 7 15 -11 22
V. Rask 59 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 61 6 12 3 18
J. Staal 25 4 12 -2 16
A. Nestrasil 33 4 10 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 19 4 .913 2.37
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60