Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at TAMPA BAY
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (41-17-8-5, 95 pts., 1st Southeast Division)
Saturday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Fla.
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The Carolina Hurricanes open a five-game road swing on Saturday at Tampa Bay against the division-leading Lightning. Carolina has earned at least one point in each of its last six road games (2/23-3/8: 4-0-1-1), and is unbeaten in its last three road games (2/29-3/8: 2-0-1-0), including wins in the last two (3/5-3/8: 2-0-0-0). The Hurricanes capped a two-game home stand with a 4-2 win against Atlanta on Friday.
|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 22||Monday||RBC Center||11 a.m.|
|March 23||Tuesday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
While Hurricanes wingers Kevyn Adams and Craig Adams are not biologically related, the two have been playing like twins recently. The duo has racked up 10 of its combined 28 points on the season in the Hurricanes’ last eight games (2/29-3/12: 3g, 7a). In that span, Kevyn has scored one goal and added five assists and Craig has scored two goals and earned two assists… With the Hurricanes’ 3-2 overtime win at Atlanta on March 5, Carolina netminder Kevin Weekes notched his 20th win of 2003-04, matching his career high for wins in a season (2000-01 with Tampa Bay). He broke that mark when he made 23 saves against the Thrashers on March 13 at the RBC Center for his 21st win of the year. Weekes currently posts a 2.25 goals-against average, a 21-25-10 record and a .914 save percentage while playing in 58 of Carolina’s 70 games.
Center Rod Brind’Amour is two points shy of 900 NHL points.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-15-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 11-15-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 37-of-324 (11.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 256-of-312 (82.1%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Winger Pavel Brendl, fractured collarbone, 2/23 @ TOR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks, missed nine games (2/25-3/12)
Winger Jeff O'Neill, right shoulder surgery, 3/12, missed three games (3/8-3/12)
Forward Marty Murray, fractured left hand, expected to miss four weekes, missed two games (3/10-3/12)
CAROLINA / LIGHTNING NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Lightning meet for the sixth and final time during the 2003-04 season, Saturday at St. Pete Times Forum. 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 took the teams’ most recent meeting, a 4-2 decision on March 10 at the RBC Center.
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 23-18-10-1 all-time against the Lightning, including a 15-4-7-1 home mark and an 8-14-3-0 record in Tampa.
2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
|26 St. Louis||71||34||50||84|