Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at FLORIDA
FLORIDA PANTHERS (28-35-14-4, 74 pts., 4th Southeast Division)
Sunday, April 4, 3 p.m., Office Depot Center, Sunrise, Fla.
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 play the final game of the 2003-04 season on Sunday, a 3 p.m. matinee against the Florida Panthers at Office Depot Center.
The Hurricanes are currently 15-16-5-4 away from Raleigh, most recently suffering a 3-1 loss at Florida's Office Depot Center. Josef Vasicek (8g, 13a) leads Carolina with 21 points on the road. The Hurricanes set a franchise record, earning at least one point in 12 consecutive road games (2/27-3/27: 8-0-1-3, previously 9 - 12/8/01-1/10/02: 6-0-1-2). Carolina has won six of its last nine games away from Raleigh (3/5-3/29: 6-1-0-2)... Carolina is currently 8-10-4-1 against divisional opponents in 2003-04. The Hurricanes went 4-11-3-2 against the Southeast Division in 2002-03. Since the division was created prior to the 1998-99 season, Carolina has recorded a 51-35-27-5 record in 118 games against the Washington Capitals, Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 13-18-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 15-16-5-4
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 40-of-381 (10.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 290-of-354 (81.9%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Winger Pavel Brendl, fractured collarbone, 2/23 @ TOR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks, missed 20 games (2/25-4/2)
Winger Jeff O'Neill, right shoulder surgery, 3/12, missed 14 games (3/8-4/2)
Forward Marty Murray, fractured left hand, expected to miss four weekes, missed 13 games (3/10-4/2)
Defenseman Bruno St. Jacques, abdominal strain, day-to-day, missed 11 games (3/13-4/2)
Defemseman Glen Wesley, right foot, 4/2 vs. FLA, day -to-day
AGAINST THE FLORIDA PANTHERS
The Hurricanes and the Panthers meet for the sixth and final time during 2003-04, and the third of three games in an 11-day span. Florida won the teams' initial meeting on Oct. 9 in Sunrise, 3-1 before the teams skated to a 2-2 tie on Oct. 13 at the RBC Center. Carolina scored a 3-1 win at the RBC Center on Feb. 16, and a 3-2 win in Raleigh on March 25. Florida took the team's most recent game on March 29 in Sunrise, a 3-1 decision. Josef Vasicek (2g, 2a) leads the Hurricanes against Florida this season with four points.
The Panthers won four of the teams' five 2002-03 regular-season match ups, including the three meetings in Sunrise. The Hurricanes were led by Erik Cole, Ron Francis, Sean Hill and Jeff O'Neill, who each recorded three points against Florida in the five-game regular-season series. The Hurricanes post a 20-19-10-1 all-time record against the Panthers, including a 13-9-3-0 home mark and a 7-10-7-1 road record.
2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
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