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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. N.Y. ISLANDERS

Thursday, 04.01.2004 / 11:04 PM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. N.Y. ISLANDERS
CAROLINA HURRICANES (28-33-13-6, 75 pts., 3rd Southeast Division)
vs.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS (37-29-10-4, 88 pts., 3rd Atlantic Division)
Friday, April 2, 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)
Internet: www.nhl.com

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes face the New York Islanders in their final home game of 2003-04, Friday at 7 p.m. The team will mark the final game by celebrating Caniac Appreciation Day, a tribute to the Hurricanes' fans. Festivities will begin two hours prior to the start of the game on the RBC Center south lawn, and conclude with the annual "Shirts Off Our Back" promotion where selected fans will receive players' jerseys following the game. The Hurricanes will finish their season on Sunday at Florida's Office Depot Center in a 3 p.m. matinee with the Panthers.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

April 2 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
April 3 Saturday RecZone 11 a.m.

CAROLINA NOTES
On March 31, USA Hockey named Hurricanes' coach Peter Laviolette head coach of Team USA for the 2004 World Championships. The annual tournament will take place April 24-May 9 in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic. Laviolette led the U.S. Men's National Select Team to the gold medal at the 2003 Deutchland Cup in Hanover, Germany in his first stint as a head coach at the international level. As a player, Laviolette represented the United States as a member of the 1988 and 1994 U.S. Olympic Teams, serving as captain of the 1994 squad... Josef Vasicek (18g, 23a) leads the Hurricanes with 19 goals this season and is tied with winger Justin Williams (11g, 31a) with 42 points. Winger Erik Cole (17g, 22a) is three points off the team lead with 39 points and two goals behind Vasicek with 17. Defenseman Sean Hill leads Carolina's blueline corps with 38 points (13g, 25a). Hill's 25:19 average ice time leads the Hurricanes and ranked 10th in the league through games of March 31.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 13-17-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 15-16-5-4
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 40-of-377 (10.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 289-of-352 (82.1%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Winger Pavel Brendl, fractured collarbone, 2/23 @ TOR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks, missed 19 games (2/25-3/30)
Winger Jeff O'Neill, right shoulder surgery, 3/12, missed 13 games (3/8-3/30)
Forward Marty Murray, fractured left hand, expected to miss four weekes, missed 12 games (3/10-3/30)
Defenseman Bruno St. Jacques, abdominal strain, day-to-day, missed 10 games (3/13-3/30)
Winger Jesse Boulerice, torso injury, day-to-day, missed one game (3/30)

AGAINST THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS
The Hurricanes and the Islanders meet for the fourth and final time during 2003-04, and the second time in the past seven days. Carolina scored a 3-2 victory on March 27, Peter Laviolette's first game coaching the Hurricanes at Nassau Coliseum since being named Carolina's head coach on Dec. 15, 2003. The Hurricanes downed the Islanders 2-0 on Nov. 26 in the teams' 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.

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 41-36-9-2 all-time record against the Islanders, including a 21-17-5-1 mark at home and a 20-19-4-1 record at Nassau Coliseum.

2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
63 Vasicek 80 19 23 42
11 Williams 77 11 32 42
26 Cole 78 17 22 39
22 Hill 78 13 25 38
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 8 1.97 5-2-1 .915
80 Weekes 64 2.28 23-29-10 .913
ISLANDERS
GP G A TP
7 Hunter 75 24 25 49
55 Blake 75 22 25 47
12 Kvasha 79 15 32 47
21 Czerkawski 79 23 23 46
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
39 DiPietro 49 2.33 22-18-5 .912
30 Snow 39 2.80 14-15-5 .899
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