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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 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62