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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. ATLANTA

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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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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