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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 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45