Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at N.Y. ISLANDERS
NEW YORK ISLANDERS (36-27-10-4, 86 pts., 3rd Atlantic Division)
Saturday, March 27, 7 p.m., Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y.
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The Carolina Hurricanes play the first of two consecutive road games on Saturday at Nassau Coliseum, a 7 p.m. match up against the NY Islanders. The Hurricanes closed out their two-game home stand with a 3-2 win against division rival Florida on Thursday. Carolina opened that home stand on Tuesday with a hard-fought, 4-2 loss to Atlantic Division-leader Philadelphia.
|March 27||Saturday||Nassau Coliseum||11:30 a.m.|
|March 28||Sunday||Office Depot Center||11:30 a.m.|
|March 29||Monday||Office Depot Center||11:30 a.m.|
|March 30||Tuesday||RBC Center||TBD|
|March 31||Wednesday||RBC Center||11 a.m.|
|April 1||Thursday||RBC Center||11 a.m.|
|April 2||Friday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
|April 3||Saturday||RBC Center||11 a.m.|
|April 4||Sunday||Office Depot Center||11:30 a.m.|
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). In their most recent five-game road swing, the Hurricanes went 3-0-0-2, tying the franchise record for points gained (8 of 10) in a five-game road trip.
Carolina defenseman Glen Wesley will play his 700th game with the Hurricanes with his next game played. He ranks third on the franchise’s all-time games-played list behind only Ron Francis and Kevin Dineen. ... Center Kevyn Adams is just two points shy of 100 for his NHL career.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 13-16-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 14-15-5-4
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 40-of-364 (11.0%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 275-of-335 (82.1%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Winger Pavel Brendl, fractured collarbone, 2/23 @ TOR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks, missed 16 games (2/25-3/25)
Winger Jeff O'Neill, right shoulder surgery, 3/12, missed 10 games (3/8-3/25)
Forward Marty Murray, fractured left hand, expected to miss four weekes, missed nine games (3/10-3/25)
Defenseman Bruno St. Jacques, abdominal strain, day-to-day, missed seven games (3/13-3/25)
Winger Justin Williams, sprained ankle, day-to-day, missed one game (3/25)
AGAINST THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS
The Hurricanes and the Islanders meet for the third of four match ups during 2003-04, and the first of two in the next seven days. The Hurricanes downed the Islanders 2-0 on Nov. 26 in the team’s first meeting this season behind Kevin Weekes’ 28-save shutout performance. Bret Hedican (1g, 1a) led the Hurricanes with two points in that game. Rookie Trent Hunter factored on all three goals in the teams’ Jan. 23 meeting in Raleigh, a 3-2 Islanders victory. Carolina and the Islanders wrap the four-game season series on April 2 in Raleigh, the Hurricanes final game at the RBC Center this season.
The Hurricanes and Islanders split last season’s four-game set with each team winning once and losing once on home ice. Carolina scored victories against the Islanders on Oct. 30 (4-2 at RBC Center) and Dec. 28 (3-0 at Nassau Coliseum), and New York won on Oct. 22 (4-1 at Nassau Coliseum) and April 6 (2-1 at RBC Center) last season. Rod Brind’Amour (2g, 2a) and Sami Kapanen (3g, 1a) led the Hurricanes in last season’s four-game set. Carolina posts a 40-36-9-2 all-time record against the Islanders, including a 21-17-5-1 mark at home and a 19-19-4-1 record at Nassau Coliseum.
2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS