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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ATLANTA

Tuesday, 03.9.2004 / 3:02 PM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ATLANTA
CAROLINA HURRICANES (20-28-13-4, 57 pts., 4th Southeast Division)
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ATLANTA THRASHERS (27-32-6-2, 63 pts., 3rd Southeast Division)
Friday, March 5, 7:30 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta

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

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes travel to Atlanta on Friday for the fourth of six 2003-04 meetings with division rival Atlanta. The Hurricanes have earned points in each of their last four road games, going 2-0-1-1 from Feb. 23 to Feb. 29 at Toronto, Washington, Montreal and Minnesota.

Forward Josef Vasicek is tied for the team lead with 34 points (16g, 18a) this season. Vasicek’s 16 goals rank first on the team, and his six power-play goals rank tied for first. Winger Justin Williams is tied with Vasicek with 34 points (10g, 24a) and leads Carolina forwards with a plus-10 rating. Right wing Jeff O’Neill ranks third with 33 points (13g, 20a) while playing in all 65 of Carolina’s games.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

March 5 Friday Philips Arena 11:30 a.m.
March 6 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
March 7 Sunday RBC Center 11 a.m.
March 8 Monday Nationwide Arena 11:30 a.m.
March 9 Tuesday RBC Center 11 a.m.
March 10 Wednesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
March 11 Thursday RBC Center 11 a.m.
March 12 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
March 13 Saturday St. Pete Times Forum 11:30 a.m.
March 14 Sunday Philips Arena noon
March 15 Monday Philips Arena 11:30 a.m.
March 16 Tuesday Johnny's Ice House 2:20 p.m.
March 17 Wednesday United Center 11:30 a.m.

CAROLINA NOTES
The Hurricanes open their 14th set of back-to-back games on Friday at Atlanta. Carolina will return to the RBC Center on Saturday to face Eastern Conference rival New Jersey. The Hurricanes are currently 8-13-4-1 in back-to-back games, with a 2-8-2-1 record in the front halves of those sets and a 6-5-2-0 record in the back halves.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 11-13-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 9-15-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 35-of-303 (11.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 236-of-288 (81.9%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Aaron Ward, left wrist, surgery 1/21, out approx. six weeks, missed 18 games (1/21-3/2)
Winger Jaroslav Svoboda, abdominal strain, day-to-day, missed six games (2/21-3/2)
Winger Pavel Brendl, fractured collarbone, 2/23 @ TOR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks, missed four games (2/25-3/2)

CAROLINA / THRASHERS NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Thrashers meet tonight for the fourth of six regular-season match ups, and the first of three meetings in March. The teams will next meet on March 12 at the RBC Center before returning to Philips Arena on March 15 to conclude the six-game divisional series. Jeff O’Neill notched his second career hat trick on Jan. 16 to lead the Hurricanes past the Thrashers. The Hurricanes defeated the Thrashers 5-1 at the RBC Center on Nov. 13, as Erik Cole (1g, 1a) and Ron Francis (1g, 1a) led the scoring. The teams meet three more times in 2003-04 following tonight’s game: March 5 and March 15 at Philips Arena and March 12 at the RBC Center.

Last season, Atlanta scored its first two regular-season victories against the Hurricanes after Carolina posted a 12-0-3-0 record against the Thrashers in Atlanta’s first three seasons. Atlanta downed the Hurricanes for the first time on Dec. 27 in Raleigh and again March 26 in Atlanta. Carolina won two of the teams’ five matches, including one in overtime on Dec. 20 at Philips Arena. Jeff O’Neill posted six points (3g, 3a) in the five-game regular-season series to lead Carolina and Ilya Kovalchuk led Atlanta with nine points (6g, 3a). The Hurricanes are 16-3-4-0 all-time against the Thrashers, including a 9-2-1-0 home record and a 7-1-3-0 road mark.

2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
63 Vasicek 65 16 18 34
11 Williams 63 10 24 34
92 O'Neill 65 13 20 33
26 Cole 64 13 17 30
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 2 1.92 1-0-1 .915
80 Weekes 55 2.23 19-24-10 .914
THRASHERS
GP G A TP
17 Kovalchuk 66 36 35 71
9 Savard 45 19 33 52
19 McEachern 67 13 34 47
13 Kozlov 61 19 25 44
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
34 Dafoe 18 3.14 4-11-1 .898
31 Nurminen 53 2.84 23-23-5 .902

SCHEDULE

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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