Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. PHILADELPHIA
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (38-18-14-6, 96 pts., 1st Atlantic Division)
Tuesday, March 23, 7 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.
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 return to the RBC Center on Tuesday to face the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m. in the first game of a two-game home stand. Carolina is returning to Raleigh following a five-game road swing that saw the team gain eight of a possible 10 points in Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Ottawa. The Hurricanes will play host to Southeast Division rival Florida on Thursday to wrap up the two-game home stand.
Carolina has earned at least one point in each of its last 11 road games (2/23-3/20: 7-0-1-3), breaking a franchise record (previously 9 – 12/8/01-1/10/02: 6-0-1-2) and including wins in five of the last seven road games (3/5-3/20: 5-0-0-2). The team returns to the road on Saturday at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum to take on the Islanders.
|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.|
|March 29||Monday||Office Depot Center||11:30 a.m.|
|March 30||Tuesday||RBC Center||TBD|
On March 20 at Ottawa, defenseman Sean Hill capped a five-game road swing with a goal and an assist in Carolina’s 3-2 overtime win against the Senators. The points were his sixth and seventh of the five-game journey (3/13-3/20: 4g, 3a), and gave Hill his third multiple-point game of the trip. The team’s leader in ice time this season also averaged 28:14 per game, including three 30-plus minute games, and finished the road trip with a plus-3 rating. And, as reward for his and his teammates’ work, the Hurricanes went 3-0-0-2 on the road swing, gaining eight of a possible 10 points and tying the franchise record for most successful five-game road trip. The Duluth, Minn., native has recorded 26 points in the team’s last 33 games (1/11-3/20: 9g, 17a), including 19 points in the last 23 games (1/31-3/20: 7g, 10a) and 10 points (3/6-3/20: 4g, 6a) in the last nine games.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-15-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 14-15-5-4
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 40-of-355 (11.3%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 272-of-332 (81.9%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Winger Pavel Brendl, fractured collarbone, 2/23 @ TOR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks, missed 14 games (2/25-3/20)
Winger Jeff O'Neill, right shoulder surgery, 3/12, missed eight games (3/8-3/20)
Forward Marty Murray, fractured left hand, expected to miss four weekes, missed seven games (3/10-3/20)
Defenseman Bruno St. Jacques, abdominal strain, day-to-day, missed five games (3/13-3/20)
AGAINST THE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
The Hurricanes and the Flyers meet for the fourth and final time this season on Tuesday at the RBC Center. The teams skated to a 4-4 tie on Oct. 25 at Wachovia Center to open the season series and tied again on Nov. 18 in Raleigh, 2-2. The Flyers took the teams’ last meeting on Nov. 28 in Philadelphia. Niclas Wallin (3g, 0a) and Erik Cole (0g, 3a) lead Carolina in this year’s season series.
Last season, the Hurricanes and the Flyers went to overtime in three of their four meetings. Philadelphia scored an overtime victory on Nov. 5 at the RBC Center, and the teams’ other two overtime games – Nov. 15 and Feb. 15 – ended tied. The Flyers won the only game to end in regulation in 2002-03, March 13 in Raleigh, by a score of 5-3. Jeff O’Neill led all Hurricanes scorers against the Flyers in last season’s four-game set with two goals and two assists. Carolina is 22-47-14-3 all-time against Philadelphia, including a 13-20-9-1 home record and a 9-27-5-2 road mark.
2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS