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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ATLANTA

Monday, 03.15.2004 / 11:17 AM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ATLANTA
CAROLINA HURRICANES (24-30-13-4, 65 pts., 4th Southeast Division)
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ATLANTA THRASHERS (28-34-7-3, 66 pts., 3rd Southeast Division)
Monday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta, Ga.

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net (NC & SC)
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 continue their five-game road swing with their final season stop at Atlanta's Philips Arena on Monday. Carolina has earned at least one point in each of its last seven road games (2/23-3/13: 5-0-1-1), and is unbeaten in its last four road games (2/29-3/13: 3-0-1-0), including wins in the last three (3/5-3/13: 3-0-0-0). The Hurricanes capped a two-game home stand with a 4-2 win against Atlanta on Friday, March 12.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

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.
March 24 Wednesday RBC Center 11 a.m.
March 25 Thursday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
March 26 Friday RecZone 11 a.m.
March 27 Saturday Nassau Coliseum 11:30 a.m.

CAROLINA NOTES
Hurricanes defenseman Sean Hill is having one of the best runs a Carolina player has had this season. The Duluth, Minn., native, who recently celebrated his 34th birthday, has recorded 21 points in the team's last 29 games (1/11-3/13: 7g, 14a), including 14 points in the last 19 games (1/31-3/13: 6g, 8a) and five points (3/6-3/13: 2g, 3a) in the last five games... Along with Hill, Hurricanes forward Josef Vasicek has 18 points (5g, 12a) in the last 28 games. The 23-year-old notched the 100th point of his Hurricanes/NHL career when he netted his sixth power-play goal of the season against Anaheim's Martin Gerber on Feb. 4. Winger Erik Cole has three goals and four assists (7 points) in Carolina's last six games (3/5-3/12).

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

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-15-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 12-15-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 38-of-331 (11.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 259-of-315 (82.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Winger Pavel Brendl, fractured collarbone, 2/23 @ TOR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks, missed 10 games (2/25-3/13)
Winger Jeff O'Neill, right shoulder surgery, 3/12, missed four games (3/8-3/13)
Forward Marty Murray, fractured left hand, expected to miss four weekes, missed three games (3/10-3/13)
Defenseman Bruno St. Jacques, abdominal strain, day-to-day, missed one games (3/13)

CAROLINA / THRASHERS NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Thrashers will play the final game of their six-game season series on Monday at Philips Arena. The Hurricanes took to the teams' most recent tilt, a 4-2 triumph at the RBC Center. Jeff O'Neill notched his second career hat trick on Jan. 16 at Philips Arena to lead the Hurricanes past the Thrashers, 4-3. 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. Cole leads all Hurricanes in this season's five games against Atlanta with six points (2g, 4a). Rod Brind'Amour has notched five points (2g, 3a) in the teams' first five meetings this season. Ilya Kovalchuk leads all scorers in the series with eight points (3g, 5a).

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 18-3-4-0 all-time against the Thrashers, including a 10-2-1-0 home record and an 8-1-3-0 road mark.

2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
26 Cole 70 16 21 37
11 Williams 69 11 26 37
63 Vasicek 71 16 20 36
92 O'Neill 67 14 20 34
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 4 1.97 2-1-1 .911
80 Weekes 59 2.23 22-25-10 .914
THRASHERS
GP G A TP
17 Kovalchuk 71 37 39 76
9 Savard 45 19 33 52
19 McEachern 72 16 35 51
13 Kozlov 66 20 28 48
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
31 Nurminen 58 2.77 24-26-6 .904
32 Lehtonen 0 0.00 0-0-0 .000
34 Dafoe 18 3.14 4-11-1 .898

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81