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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. ATLANTA

Thursday, 03.11.2004 / 5:37 PM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. ATLANTA
CAROLINA HURRICANES (22-29-13-4, 61 pts., 4th Southeast Division)
vs.
ATLANTA THRASHERS (27-33-7-3, 64 pts., 3rd Southeast Division)
Friday, March 12, 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 wrap up a two-game home stand on Friday against the Atlanta Thrashers at 7 p.m. The contest in the second in a four-game stretch against divisional opponents Atlanta and Tampa Bay that began with a 4-2 loss on Wednesday to the Lightning. Following Friday’s game, the Hurricanes will travel to Tampa Bay for a Saturday evening contest that begins a five-game road swing for Carolina.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

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.
March 18 Thursday Mellon Arena noon
March 19 Friday Mellon Arena 11:30 a.m.
March 20 Saturday Corel Centre 11:30 a.m.
March 21 Sunday RecZone TBD
March 22 Monday RBC Center 11 a.m.
March 23 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

CAROLINA NOTES
Forward Josef Vasicek leads the team with 35 points (16g, 19a) while playing in all 69 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-8 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 69 games… O’Neill will have surgery on Friday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

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

CAROLINA AT HOME: 11-15-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 11-15-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 37-of-320 (11.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 252-of-307 (82.1%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Winger Pavel Brendl, fractured collarbone, 2/23 @ TOR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks, missed eight games (2/25-3/10)
Winger Jeff O'Neill, right shoulder surgery, 3/12, missed two games (3/8-10)
Forward Marty Murray, fractured left hand, expected to miss four weekes, missed one game (3/10)

CAROLINA / THRASHERS NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Thrashers meet tonight for the fifth of six regular-season match ups, and the first of two in the next four days. The teams will conclude their six-game divisional series on March 15 at Philips Arena. 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. Kevyn Adams scored the game-winning shorthanded goal with 0.4 seconds remaining in overtime on March 5 at Philips Arena to score Carolina its third win of the season against the Thrashers.

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 17-3-4-0 all-time against the Thrashers, including a 9-2-1-0 home record and a 8-1-3-0 road mark.

2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
63 Vasicek 69 16 19 35
11 Williams 67 10 24 34
92 O'Neill 67 14 20 34
26 Cole 68 15 18 33
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 4 1.97 2-1-1 .911
80 Weekes 57 2.26 20-25-10 .913
THRASHERS
GP G A TP
17 Kovalchuk 69 36 37 73
9 Savard 45 19 33 52
19 McEachern 70 14 35 49
13 Kozlov 64 19 26 45
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
34 Dafoe 18 3.14 4-11-1 .898
31 Nurminen 56 2.78 23-25-6 .904

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 53 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 51 12 19 1 31
K. Versteeg 52 10 21 1 31
J. Skinner 53 18 12 -3 30
J. Staal 53 12 18 7 30
E. Staal 53 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 53 8 16 -8 24
A. Nestrasil 46 7 12 -1 19
J. Nordstrom 42 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 53 3 11 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 5 .905 2.43
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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