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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BUFFALO

Wednesday, 11.06.2002 / 2:26 PM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BUFFALO

CAROLINA HURRICANES (5-4-2-2, 14 pts.)
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BUFFALO SABRES (3-6-3-0, 9 pts.)


Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. at RBC Center

GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes host the Buffalo Sabres at the RBC Center as the Hurricanes play the fourth game of a franchise-record nine-game homestand. The Hurricanes fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday, and have not lost in regulation in the last five games (2-0-2-1). Carolina is 4-1-2-1 in its last eight games, all of which have come against teams that participated in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Center Harold Druken arrived from Vancouver on Tuesday and made his Carolina Hurricanes debut on Tuesday against the Flyers. Left wing Jan Hlavac arrived on Wednesday and is expected to play his first game with Carolina on Thursday night against Buffalo. Hurricanes netminder Kevin Weekes is 4-1-2 in his last seven games with a goals against average of 1.67 (12g, 432 min.) and a save percentage of .948 (12G, 231 SA).

PRACTICE TIMES

Nov. 7 Thursday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 8 Friday RecZone 11 a.m.
Nov. 9 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 10 Sunday RBC Center TBA
Nov. 11 Monday RBC Center TBA

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net (N.C. & S.C.)
Radio: WKIX 102.3 FM (Goldsboro); WKXU 101-1 FM (Burlington); WDTF 570-AM (Raleigh); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WDLZ 98.3-FM (Murfreesboro); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem); WRUP 97.9-FM (New Bern/Morehead City); WSTK 910-AM (Jacksonville); WNMX 106.1 (Charlotte)
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES
Rod Brind’Amour is off to the fastest start in his career in terms of goal scoring. He is currently tied for first on the team in scoring with 13 points (8g, 5a) and is Carolina’s leading goal-scorer with eight goals in 13 games. Sami Kapanen (2g, 3a) and Brind’Amour (2g, 3a) are the leading scorers for Carolina on the current homestand. Hurricanes netminder Kevin Weekes is 4-1-2 in his last seven games with a goals against average of 1.67 (12g, 432 min.) and a save percentage of .948 (12G, 231 SA).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 3-2-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 2-2-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 14-of-85 (16.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 70-of-81 (86.4%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Josef Vasicek missed the game vs. Philadelphia (11/5) due to back spasms. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / BUFFALO NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Buffalo Sabres meet tonight for the first of four games this season. The Hurricanes were 1-1-1-1 against Buffalo last season, with their win coming on New Year’s Eve in Buffalo, 5-4. The Sabres won the other meeting at HSBC Arena, 3-2 in overtime on Dec. 14. Buffalo also defeated Carolina 4-2 on Dec. 4 and the two teams played to a 2-2 tie on Jan. 29 in Raleigh. Ron Francis was the leading scorer in the season series with six points (3g, 3a). The Hurricanes are 53-75-19-1 all-time against Buffalo, with a 30-33-11-0 record at home and a 23-42-7-1 mark in Buffalo.

SABRES NOTES
Thursday night’s contest marks the final game of a six-game road trip for the Sabres. Miroslav Satan's 256-consecutive games played streak was snapped when he left Friday's Edmonton contest during the third period and then sat out Sunday’s contest at Columbus. He has continued to experience hip pain but it is expected to play Thursday. The Sabres fell to the Blue Jackets 3-2 in their most recent contest.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 13 4 9 13
17 Brind'Amour 13 8 5 13
10 Francis 13 4 3 7
24 Kapanen 13 4 3 7
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 3 4.35 0-3-0 .833
80 Weekes 11 1.93 5-3-2 .937
SABRES
GP G A TP
77 Gratton 12 3 9 12
71 Hecht 10 4 5 9
81 Satan 11 4 4 8
24 Pyatt 12 3 3 6
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Noronen 2 1.92 0-1-1 .941
43 Biron 10 2.37 3-5-2 .903

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 60 11 28 -14 39
E. Staal 55 18 18 -9 36
E. Lindholm 59 11 16 -15 27
J. Skinner 55 16 9 -15 25
R. Nash 57 7 15 -8 22
N. Gerbe 56 7 14 -11 21
V. Rask 58 8 11 -16 19
J. McClement 60 4 12 1 16
J. Staal 24 4 11 -1 15
A. Semin 36 2 12 -8 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 19 4 .914 2.35
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60