Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at PITTSBURGH
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (18-45-7-4, 47 pts., 5th Atlantic Division)
Friday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Penn.
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)
The Carolina Hurricanes continue their five-game road swing on Friday at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena. Carolina has earned at least one point in each of its last nine road games (2/23-3/17: 6-0-1-2), including wins in four of the last five road games (3/5-3/17: 4-0-0-1). The Hurricanes opened their current five-game road trip with a 5-1 win at Tampa Bay on March 13, but suffered a 1-0 overtime loss at Atlanta on March 15 before rebounding on Wednesday at United Center with a 3-2 win against the Blackhawks.
|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 centerman and alternate captain Rod Brind'Amour played in his 1,100th NHL game on March 17 at Chicago's United Center. Brind'Amour marked the milestone game by earning three points and the game's first star. His first assist of the game came on Craig Adams' first-period goal, and marked his 900th NHL point. Brind'Amour later tipped in a Sean Hill point shot for his ninth goal of the season, and then earned the first assist on Erik Cole's game-winner with 4:22 remaining in regulation as the Hurricanes beat Chicago 3-2... Brind'Amour became the 114th player in NHL history to play in 1,100 or more games, and the 10th player to cross that milestone in 2003-04, joining Teppo Numinen, Mike Keane, Cliff Ronning, Mark Recchi, Trevor Linden, Joe Sakic, Brian Leetch, Jeremy Roenick and Scott Young. Brind'Amour played his 300th game with the Hurricanes on Feb. 28 at Montreal.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-15-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 13-15-5-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 38-of-347 (11.0%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 265-of-323 (82.0%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Winger Pavel Brendl, fractured collarbone, 2/23 @ TOR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks, missed 12 games (2/25-3/17)
Winger Jeff O'Neill, right shoulder surgery, 3/12, missed six games (3/8-3/17)
Forward Marty Murray, fractured left hand, expected to miss four weekes, missed five games (3/10-3/17)
Defenseman Bruno St. Jacques, abdominal strain, day-to-day, missed three gamess (3/13-3/17)
AGAINST THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
The Hurricanes and the Penguins meet for the fourth and final time this season, Friday at Mellon Arena. The teams played to a 1-1 tie on Oct. 22 at Mellon Arena, with Ron Francis scoring the lone goal for the Hurricanes. Radim Vrbata notched his second NHL hat trick in Carolina's 4-3 victory at the RBC Center on Nov. 29, and the Hurricanes scored a 2-1 overtime win in Raleigh in Peter Laviolette's first game as head coach on Dec. 18.
Last season, the teams split a four-game series, winning once at home and scoring a shutout win on the road. Craig Adams (0g, 3a) and Kevyn Adams (2g, 1a) led Carolina against Pittsburgh in 2002-03 with three points each. Goaltender Kevin Weekes recorded a 4-0 shutout on March 6 at Mellon Arena en route a 2-1-0 record in three games against Pittsburgh. Weekes posted a 1.01 goals-against average and a .961 save percentage against the Pens in 2002-03. The Hurricanes are 38-43-11-0 all-time against Pittsburgh, including a 21-21-5-0 home mark and 17-22-6-0 road record.
2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS