Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at OTTAWA
OTTAWA SENATORS (39-21-9-5, 92 pts., 2nd Northeast Division)
Saturday, March 20, 7 p.m., Corel Centre, Ottawa, Ont.
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 wrap up their five-game road swing on Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Ottawa Senators at Corel Centre. Carolina has earned at least one point in each of its last 10 road games (2/23-3/19: 6-0-1-3), breaking a franchise record (previously 9 – 12/8/01-1/10/02: 6-0-1-2) and including wins in four of the last six road games (3/5-3/19: 4-0-0-2). 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. The team rebounded on March 17 at United Center with a 3-2 win against the Blackhawks before falling 4-3 at Pittsburgh in overtime on Friday.
|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.|
Carolina suffered its sixth overtime loss of 2003-04 when Pittsburgh’s Aleksey Morozov scored 1:17 into the extra stanza. By earning a point in the game, the Hurricanes set a new franchise records for points earned in consecutive road games (10 – 2/23-3/19: 6-0-1-3; previously 9 – 12/8/01-1/10/02: 6-0-1-2). Sean Hill scored a power-play goal and added an assist on Bret Hedican’s first-period power-play marker for Hill’s sixth multiple-point game of the season. Kevyn Adams matched his career personal bests in goals and points in a season when he notched his ninth goal to put Carolina ahead 3-2 midway through the third period. Kevin Weekes played in his 61st game this season, matching his career high for games played in a season. Justin Williams earned the first assists on both Carolina power-play goals and Brett Lysak made his NHL debut.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-15-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 13-15-5-4
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 40-of-353 (11.3%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 268-of-328 (81.7%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Winger Pavel Brendl, fractured collarbone, 2/23 @ TOR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks, missed 13 games (2/25-3/19)
Winger Jeff O'Neill, right shoulder surgery, 3/12, missed seven games (3/8-3/19)
Forward Marty Murray, fractured left hand, expected to miss four weekes, missed six games (3/10-3/19)
Defenseman Bruno St. Jacques, abdominal strain, day-to-day, missed four games (3/13-3/19)
Center Eric Staal, torso, day-to-day, missed one game (3/19)
AGAINST THE OTTAWA SENATORS
The Hurricanes and the Senators meet for the fourth and final time this season, Saturday at the Corel Centre. Carolina will attempt to snap its 11-game winless streak against the Senators (10/9/01-1/20/04: 0-8-3-0), dating back to Carolina’s 3-2 overtime win in Ottawa on April 1, 2001. Ottawa downed the Hurricanes 6-1 in the teams’ first meeting this season on Nov. 20 at Corel Centre. Carolina tied the teams’ second game when Erik Cole went end-to-end and scored to make it 2-2 with 3:29 remaining in regulation. The Senators took the teams’ third meeting on Jan. 20 in Raleigh by a 3-1 margin.
Last season, the Senators went unbeaten (3-0-1-0) against the Hurricanes, posting two wins at home and a win and a tie at the RBC Center. Ron Francis (2g, 3a) and Jeff O’Neill (2g, 3a) led the Hurricanes with five points each in last season’s four-game set. Carolina has gone 28-18-8-0 against the Senators all time, including a 16-6-4-0 home record and a 12-12-4-0 record in Ottawa.
2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS