Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ATLANTA
ATLANTA THRASHERS (28-34-7-3, 66 pts., 3rd Southeast Division)
Monday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta, Ga.
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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.
|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.|
|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.|
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).
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