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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. NY ISLANDERS

Saturday, 01.24.2004 / 9:44 PM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. NY ISLANDERS
CAROLINA HURRICANES (16-21-9-2, 43 pts., 3rd Southeast Division)
vs.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS (22-20-4-1, 49 pts., 3rd Atlantic Division)
Friday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes return to the RBC Center for the first of two weekend home games to face the New York Islanders on Friday at 7 p.m. The Hurricanes will play host to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday in a 1:30 p.m. matinee. Friday’s game will mark Hurricanes captain Ron Francis’ 1,700th NHL game, as he becomes just the third player in NHL history to achieve that milestone.

Right wing Jeff O’Neill currently leads the Hurricanes in points (27) and assists (17). O’Neill passed Pat Verbeek (192) and took sole possession of fifth on the franchise’s all-time goal-scoring list with his power-play goal against Ottawa on Jan. 20. 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 (13), power-play goals (5) and ranks third with 23 points... Defenseman Sean Hill has assists in four of the last six games (1/11-1/21: 0g, 5a).

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox-DT
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. 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 will play in his 1,700th NHL game with his next game played… Francis is one goal shy of Maurice Richard (544) on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list… Jeff O’Neill has recently led an upswing in the Carolina’s offensive production, scoring six goals in the last seven games (1/9-1/21: 6g, 1a). During O’Neill’s hot streak, the Hurricanes have averaged 2.29 goals per game, up from their season average of 1.85. Similarly, captain Ron Francis has notched seven points (1g, 6a) in the last eight games, center Eric Staal has five points (2g, 3a) in the last seven games, defenseman Sean Hill has five assists in the last six games, winger Pavel Brendl has four points (1g, 3a) in the last five games, winger Erik Cole has four points (2g, 2a) in the last six games and Josef Vasicek has five points (2g, 3a) in the last five games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 10-9-6-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-12-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 24-of-219 (11.0%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 165-of-201 (82.1%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Aaron Ward, left wrist, surgery 1/21, out approx. six weeks, missed one game (1/21)
Center Kevyn Adams, knee infection, day-to-day, missed one game (1/21)

CAROLINA / ISLANDERS NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Islanders meet for the second of four match ups during the 2003-04 season, and the first of two at the RBC Center. The Hurricanes downed the Islanders 2-0 on Nov. 26 in the team’s first meeting this season behind Kevin Weekes’ 28-save shutout performance. Bret Hedican (1g, 1a) led the Hurricanes with two points in that game. Carolina and the Islanders meet again on March 27 at Nassau Coliseum and wrap the four-game season series on April 2 in Raleigh.

The Hurricanes and Islanders split last season’s four-game set with each team winning once and losing once on home ice. Carolina scored victories against the Islanders on Oct. 30 (4-2 at RBC Center) and Dec. 28 (3-0 at Nassau Coliseum), and New York won on Oct. 22 (4-1 at Nassau Coliseum) and April 6 (2-1 at RBC Center) last season. Rod Brind’Amour (2g, 2a) and Sami Kapanen (3g, 1a) led the Hurricanes in last season’s four-game set. Carolina posts a 40-35-9-2 all-time record against the Islanders, including a 21-16-5-1 mark at home and a 19-19-4-1 record at Nassau Coliseum.

2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 48 10 17 27
11 Williams 49 6 21 27
63 Vasicek 48 13 10 23
12 Staal 48 9 13 22
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Storr 12 2.93 0-7-2 .883
80 Weekes 41 2.12 16-16-7 .918
ISLANDERS
GP G A TP
7 Hunter 42 15 14 29
21 Czerkawski 46 15 14 29
55 Blake 45 14 15 29
12 Kvasha 46 9 20 29
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
39 DiPietro 23 2.37 10-9-1 .906
30 Snow 28 2.73 12-12-3 .902

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 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