Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BOSTON
BOSTON BRUINS (30-14-11-6, 77 pts., 3rd Northeast Division)
Saturday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.
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)
|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. 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.|
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…
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