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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BOSTON

Friday, 02.20.2004 / 5:42 PM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BOSTON
CAROLINA HURRICANES (18-27-11-3, 50 pts., 4th Southeast Division)
vs.
BOSTON BRUINS (30-14-11-6, 77 pts., 3rd Northeast Division)
Saturday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes wrap up their three-game home stand on Saturday against the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. The Hurricanes won the first game of the home stand 3-1 on Monday against Florida, and earned a point in Thursday’s 2-1 overtime loss against Toronto. Carolina will travel to Toronto on Sunday for Monday night’s contest at Air Canada Centre, the first game of a four-game road swing for Carolina.

Saturday is “Military Appreciation Day” at the RBC Center. Along with a military vehicle and equipment display in the RBC Center parking lot, the Hurricanes will pay tribute to the military with video greetings from Ft. Bragg-based troops serving in Iraq and various in-game promotions.

Winger Justin Williams leads the Hurricanes with 31 points (9g, 22a) this season. Forward Josef Vasicek leads the team in goals (15), power-play goals (6) and ranks second on the team with 30 points while playing in all 59 of the team’s games this season. Right wing Jeff O’Neill has 29 points (11g, 18a) while playing in all 59 of Carolina’s games.

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net
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

Feb. 21 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 22 Sunday RecZone 11 a.m.
Feb. 23 Monday Air Canada Centre 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 24 Tuesday RBC Center TBD
Feb. 25 Wednesday MCI Center 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 26 Thursday RecZone noon
Feb. 27 Friday RecZone 11 a.m.
Feb. 28 Saturday Bell Centre 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 29 Sunday XCel Energy Center 11:30 a.m.

CAROLINA NOTES
Hurricanes defenseman Sean Hill is having one of the best runs a Carolina player has had this season. The Duluth, Minn., native, who recently celebrated his 34th birthday, has recorded 14 points in the team’s last 17 games (1/11-2/19: 5g, 9a), including seven points in the last seven games (1/31-2/19: 4g, 3a)…

On Friday, the Hurricanes acquired defenseman Chris Bahen and Washington’s third-round pick in 2004 from Colorado in exchange for defenseman Bob Boughner…

MILESTONE WATCH
Captain Ron Francis is one goal shy of Maurice Richard (544) on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list… Winger Jeff O’Neill is one goal shy of Geoff Sanderson (196) for fourth on the franchise’s all-time goal-scoring list… Goaltender Arturs Irbe will play his 300th game with the Hurricanes with his next game played…

CAROLINA AT HOME: 11-12-7-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 7-15-4-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 31-of-272 (11.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 206-of-254 (81.1%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Aaron Ward, left wrist, surgery 1/21, out approx. six weeks, missed 12 games (1/21-2/19)
Center Kevyn Adams, left MCL, injured 1/29, out approx. three-four weeks, missed seven games (1/31-2/19)

CAROLINA / BRUINS NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Bruins meet for the third of four match ups during the 2003-04 season, and the first of two meeting at the RBC Center. Carolina took the teams’ first meeting on Oct. 23, 2-0 behind an 18-save shutout performance by Kevin Weekes and two-point games from Eric Staal (1g, 1a) and Josef Vasicek (0g, 2a). The Hurricanes triumphed again on Dec. 20, 2-1, in the teams’ second meeting behind a 36-save performance by Weekes. The teams will complete their season series on March 30 at the RBC Center.

Last season, Boston won the teams’ four-game series with a 2-1-1-0 record, winning one and dropping one at FleetCenter. The Hurricanes downed the Bruins 4-2 on Jan. 4, after Boston won the team’s first meeting o Nov. 21, 3-1. In the first game at Carolina on Feb. 19, the teams skated to a 1-1 tie. The Bruins won the team’s final meeting of the season, 4-2 at the RBC Center. Jeff O’Neill (3g, 1a) and Ron Francis (1g, 3a) lead the Hurricanes against Boston last season with four points each. The Hurricanes are 56-81-15-0 all-time against the Bruins, including a 31-35-8-0 home mark and a 25-46-7-0 record in Boston.

2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
11 Williams 57 9 22 31
63 Vasicek 59 15 15 30
92 O'Neill 59 11 18 29
26 Cole 58 10 17 27
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 0 0.00 0-0-0 .000
80 Weekes 51 2.26 18-22-9 .914
BRUINS
GP G A TP
19 Thornton 58 16 43 59
27 Murray 60 25 23 48
12 Rolston 61 17 25 42
27 Bergeron 61 16 20 36
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Raycroft 41 1.92 21-13-6 .931
29 Potvin 23 2.77 9-7-5 .897

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72