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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. TAMPA BAY

Tuesday, 03.9.2004 / 10:13 PM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. TAMPA BAY
CAROLINA HURRICANES (22-29-13-4, 61 pts., 4th Southeast Division)
vs.
Wednesday, March 10, 7 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.

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

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes return to the RBC Center on Wednesday to open a two-game, Southeast Division home stand against division leader Tampa Bay. The Hurricanes will play their next four games against division rivals Tampa Bay and Atlanta, with the Thrashers visiting Raleigh on Friday, and Carolina traveling to Tampa Bay on Saturday and Atlanta on Monday to begin a five-game road swing.

Forward Josef Vasicek leads the team with 35 points (16g, 19a) while playing in all 68 of Carolina’s games this season. Vasicek’s 16 goals rank first on the team, and his six power-play goals rank second. Winger Justin Williams is tied for second with 34 points (10g, 24a) and leads Carolina forwards with a plus-10 rating. Injured right wing Jeff O’Neill also has 34 points (14g, 20a) and leads the team with seven power-play goals while playing in 67 of Carolina’s 68 games.

MILESTONE WATCH
Center Rod Brind’Amour is four points shy of 900 NHL points.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

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 traded center Ron Francis to Toronto in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2005 on Tuesday, prior to the NHL’s trading deadline… Carolina recalled center Mike Zigomanis and winger Ryan Bayda from top minor-league affiliate Lowell (AHL) on Tuesday… The Hurricanes are currently 5-8-4-0 against divisional opponents in 2003-04. Hurricanes went 4-11-3-2 against the Southeast Division in 2002-03. Since the division was created prior to the 1998-99 season, Carolina has recorded a 48-33-27-3 record in 111 games against the Washington Capitals, Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 11-14-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 11-15-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 37-of-316 (11.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 251-of-305 (82.3%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Winger Pavel Brendl, fractured collarbone, 2/23 @ TOR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks, missed seven games (2/25-3/8)
Winger Jeff O'Neill, upper body injury, suffered 3/6 vs. N.J., missed one game (3/8)
Forward Marty Murray, hand, day-to-day

CAROLINA / LIGHTNING NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Lightning begin the meet for the fifth of six meetings during the 2003-04 season. The teams tied in two of their three November meetings, 1-1 on Nov. 9 in Raleigh and 0-0 on Nov. 23, also in Raleigh. The Lightning scored two wins at St. Pete Times Forum against the Hurricanes earlier this season, 4-3 on Nov. 1 and 5-4 on Jan. 15. Tampa Bay’s Cory Stillman leads all scorers in this season’s series with six points (2g, 4a), while Josef Vasicek leads the Hurricanes with four points (2g, 2a). The teams will conclude their six-game set on March 13 at St. Pete Times Forum.

The Hurricanes were winless against Tampa Bay in 2002-03 for the first season in franchise history, notching just three points in the five games between the teams (0-2-2-1). Ron Francis led all Hurricanes in scoring against Tampa Bay last season with three points (1g, 2a) in five games. The Hurricanes are 23-17-10-1 all-time against the Lightning, including a 15-3-7-1 home mark and an 8-14-3-0 record in Tampa.

2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
63 Vasicek 68 16 19 35
11 Williams 66 10 24 34
92 O'Neill 67 14 20 34
26 Cole 67 15 18 33
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 3 1.62 2-0-1 .933
80 Weekes 57 2.26 20-25-10 .913
LIGHTNING
GP G A TP
26 St. Louis 69 32 48 80
61 Stillman 68 22 45 67
19 Richards 69 22 45 67
4 Lecavalier 68 27 27 54
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
47 Grahame 24 1.86 15-7-1 .917
35 Khabibulin 47 2.32 24-15-7 .911

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
J. Liles 51 2 17 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60