Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BOSTON
BOSTON BRUINS (39-18-14-7, 99 pts., 2nd Northeast Division)
Tuesday, March 30, 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 open their final two-game home stand of 2003-04 on Tuesday against the Boston Bruins. The game is the second half of the Hurricanes’ final back-to-back set of the season. Carolina fell in the first game of the road-home set on Monday, a 3-1 loss at Florida’s Office Depot Center. The loss snapped the Hurricanes’ franchise best 12-game road streak of earning at least one point in every game (2/23-3/27: 8-0-1-3), shattering the franchise record set during 2001-02 (9 – 12/8/01-1/10/02: 6-0-1-2).
|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||RecZone||11 a.m.|
Josef Vasicek (18g, 23a) leads the Hurricanes with 18 goals this season and is tied with winger Justin Williams (11g, 30a) with 41 points. Winger Erik Cole (17g, 22a) is two points off the team lead with 39 points and one goal behind Vasicek with 17 goals. Defenseman Sean Hill leads Carolina’s blueline corps with 38 points, including points in four of the last seven games (3/17-3/29: 3g, 3a). Hill’s 25:16 average ice time (prior to Monday’s game at Florida) leads the Hurricanes and ranked 10th in the league through games of March 28.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 13-16-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 15-16-5-4
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 40-of-374 (10.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 285-of-348 (81.9%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Winger Pavel Brendl, fractured collarbone, 2/23 @ TOR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks, missed 18 games (2/25-3/29)
Winger Jeff O'Neill, right shoulder surgery, 3/12, missed 12 games (3/8-3/29)
Forward Marty Murray, fractured left hand, expected to miss four weekes, missed 11 games (3/10-3/29)
Defenseman Bruno St. Jacques, abdominal strain, day-to-day, missed nine games (3/13-3/29)
AGAINST THE BOSTON BRUINS
The Hurricanes and the Bruins meet for the fourth and final time this season on Tuesday at the RBC Center. Carolina took the teams’ first meeting on Oct. 23, 2-0 behind an 18-save shutout performance by Kevin Weekes and two-point games from Eric Staal (1g, 1a) and Josef Vasicek (0g, 2a). The Hurricanes triumphed again on Dec. 20, 2-1, in the teams’ second FleetCenter meeting behind a 36-save performance by Weekes. The teams skated to a 3-3 tie on Feb. 21 at the RBC Center in their latest meeting. The Carolina franchise has never gone unbeaten in a season series against the Bruins.
Last season, Boston won the teams’ four-game series with a 2-1-1-0 record, winning one and dropping one at FleetCenter. The Hurricanes downed the Bruins 4-2 on Jan. 4, after Boston won the team’s first meeting o Nov. 21, 3-1. In the first game at Carolina on Feb. 19, the teams skated to a 1-1 tie. The Bruins won the team’s final meeting of the season, 4-2 at the RBC Center. Jeff O’Neill (3g, 1a) and Ron Francis (1g, 3a) lead the Hurricanes against Boston last season with four points each. The Hurricanes are 56-81-16-0 all-time against the Bruins, including a 31-35-9-0 home mark and a 25-46-7-0 record in Boston.
2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS