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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BUFFALO

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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BUFFALO
CAROLINA HURRICANES (16-22-9-2, 43 pts., 4th Southeast Division)
vs.
BUFFALO SABRES (19-25-5-1, 44 pts., 5th Northeast Division)
Sunday, Jan. 25, 1:30 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes conclude their two-game home stand with a 1:30 p.m. Sunday matinee against the Buffalo Sabres. The game is the centerpiece of Military Appreciation Day at the RBC Center. The Hurricanes encourage fans to arrive early to enjoy the military vehicle and equipment display, and other activities associated with Military Appreciation Day. Doors will open at 12 p.m., 30 minutes earlier than typical 1:30 p.m. games.

Newly acquired winger Justin Williams leads the Hurricanes with 28 points (7g, 21a) and a plus-10 rating this season. Williams notched his first Hurricanes goal in Friday’s game against the NY Islanders. Right wing Jeff O’Neill has 27 points (10g, 17a) while playing in all 49 of Carolina’s games. 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 24 points... Defenseman Sean Hill has assists in five of the last seven games (1/11-1/23: 1g, 6a).

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. 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.
Jan. 29 Thursday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 30 Friday RecZone 11 a.m.
Jan. 31 Saturday Joe Louis Arena 11:30 a.m.

CAROLINA NOTES
Right wing Jeff O’Neill has six goals in the last eight games (1/9-1/23: 6g, 1a). Likewise, captain Ron Francis has notched eight points (1g, 7a) in the last nine games, center Eric Staal has six points (2g, 4a) in the last eight games, defenseman Sean Hill has six assists and seven points in the last seven games, winger Pavel Brendl has four points (1g, 3a) in the last six games, winger Erik Cole has four points (2g, 2a) in the last seven games and Josef Vasicek has six points (2g, 4a) in the last six games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 10-10-6-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-12-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 25-of-222 (11.3%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 166-of-203 (81.8%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Aaron Ward, left wrist, surgery 1/21, out approx. six weeks, missed two games (1/21-1/23)
Center Rod Brind'Amour, strained groin, day-to-day

CAROLINA / SABRES NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Sabres meet for the final game of their four-game season series. Buffalo took the team’s first two meetings, both at HSBC Arena, before the Hurricanes scored a 2-1 win at the RBC Center on Dec. 29. On Nov. 21, Mika Noronen’s pitched his third career shutout for a 5-0 Sabres win. Noronen made 30 saves in the teams’ Dec. 26 match up to notch a 3-1 victory. Eric Staal (0g, 2a) leads the Hurricanes with two points in the teams’ first three games this season.

Last season, the Sabres took two of the team’s four match ups, and earned a point in an overtime loss to Carolina on March 12. Miroslav Satan led all scorers in last season’s series with five points (3g, 2a). Rod Brind’Amour (1g, 2a), Ron Francis (1g, 2a), Bruno St. Jacques (0g, 3a) and Bates Battaglia (1g, 2a) led the Hurricanes with three points each in the four 2002-03 games. Carolina posts a 56-79-18-1 all-time mark against the Sabres, including a 32-34-11-0 home record and a 24-45-7-1 mark in Buffalo.

2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
11 Williams 50 7 21 28
92 O'Neill 49 10 17 27
63 Vasicek 49 13 11 24
12 Staal 49 9 14 23
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Storr 12 2.93 0-7-2 .883
80 Weekes 42 2.15 16-17-7 .916
SABRES
GP G A TP
48 Briere 49 15 19 34
17 Dumont 44 13 15 28
23 Drury 45 8 20 28
81 Satan 49 17 10 27
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Noronen 25 2.18 9-12-1 .919
43 Biron 25 2.61 10-10-4 .908

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 74 46 20 8 195 162 100
2 NYR 72 46 19 7 219 167 99
3 TBL 74 46 21 7 242 191 99
4 NYI 74 44 25 5 226 205 93
5 PIT 73 40 22 11 202 181 91
6 DET 72 39 21 12 208 195 90
7 WSH 73 39 24 10 212 180 88
8 OTT 72 37 24 11 212 190 85
9 BOS 73 36 25 12 193 190 84
10 FLA 73 33 26 14 180 201 80
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 73 31 31 11 164 186 73
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 72 26 36 10 165 199 62
15 TOR 74 27 41 6 193 237 60
16 BUF 73 20 46 7 138 245 47

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 72 14 31 -20 45
E. Staal 67 19 25 -14 44
E. Lindholm 71 16 19 -21 35
J. Skinner 67 18 12 -21 30
V. Rask 70 11 18 -13 29
R. Nash 66 8 16 -11 24
N. Gerbe 68 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 72 6 13 -4 19
A. Nestrasil 44 6 13 4 19
J. Staal 36 4 14 -9 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 18 21 5 .910 2.44
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62