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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at PITTSBURGH

Thursday, 03.18.2004 / 9:59 PM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at PITTSBURGH
CAROLINA HURRICANES (25-30-13-5, 68 pts., 4th Southeast Division)
at
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)
Internet: www.nhl.com

GAME NIGHT
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.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

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 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

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
26 Cole 72 17 22 39
11 Williams 71 11 26 37
63 Vasicek 73 16 20 36
92 O'Neill 67 14 20 34
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 5 1.97 3-1-1 .912
80 Weekes 60 2.21 22-26-10 .915
PENGUINS
GP G A TP
32 Tarnstrom 72 13 33 46
12 Malone 73 21 19 40
95 Morozov 67 13 25 38
14 Kraft 58 16 18 34
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 Aubin 18 3.06 4-8-0 .905
31 Caron 36 3.84 7-23-4 .882
50 Brochu 1 1.82 0-0-0 .947

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 30 20 6 4 98 71 44
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 MTL 32 20 10 2 87 80 42
5 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
6 TOR 31 19 9 3 109 87 41
7 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
8 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
9 FLA 29 13 8 8 66 75 34
10 WSH 30 14 10 6 86 81 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 30 13 15 2 72 95 28
13 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
14 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
15 PHI 30 11 14 5 80 90 27
16 CAR 30 8 19 3 62 87 19

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 30 5 12 -14 17
E. Staal 25 7 9 -11 16
R. Nash 30 4 12 -4 16
J. Skinner 26 7 8 -4 15
J. Tlusty 28 10 3 -11 13
E. Lindholm 30 7 6 -8 13
N. Gerbe 26 3 7 -2 10
A. Sekera 28 0 10 -9 10
V. Rask 30 4 5 -8 9
C. Terry 21 4 3 -3 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 8 12 1 .907 2.54
A. Khudobin 0 7 2 .892 3.11