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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. PITTSBURGH

Friday, 11.08.2002 / 3:01 PM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. PITTSBURGH

CAROLINA HURRICANES (6-4-2-2, 16 pts.)
at
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (7-2-2-1, 17 pts.)*
Saturday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at RBC Center
*Through games of Nov. 7



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the RBC Center as the Hurricanes play the fifth game of a franchise-record nine-game homestand. The Hurricanes defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 on Thursday, and have earned at least one point in each of their last six games (3-0-2-1). Carolina is 5-1-2-1 in its last nine games, all but one of which have come against teams that participated in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Left wing Jan Hlavac made his Hurricanes debut on Thursday against Buffalo, earning an assist on O’Neill’s game-winning goal. Hlavac was injured on the scoring play and left the game with a bruised thigh. Hurricanes netminder Kevin Weekes is 5-1-2 in his last eight games with a goals against average of 1.46 (12g, 492 min.) and a save percentage of .953 (12G, 257 SA). Weekes recorded his first regular season shutout with the Hurricanes on Thursday against Buffalo, stopping 26 shots.

PRACTICE TIMES

Nov. 9 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 10 Sunday RBC Center TBA
Nov. 11 Monday RBC Center TBA
Nov. 12 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 13 Wednesday RecZone 11:00 a.m.

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
Carolina has come on strong in its last nine games (5-1-2-1) and has moved into a tie with Tampa Bay for first place in the Southeast Division heading into Friday night’s games. The Hurricanes’ penalty kill has been successful in 74-of-85 (87.1%) shorthanded situations this season and was ranked fifth in the NHL through games of Nov. 7. Netminder Kevin Weekes ranks second in the league in save percentage (.942), fourth in goals against average (1.76) and is tied for fourth in wins (6) through games of Nov. 7.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 4-2-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 2-2-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 14-of-90 (15.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 74-of-85 (87.1%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Josef Vasicek missed the game vs. Buffalo (11/7) due to back spasms. He is day-to-day. Erik Cole left Thursday's game vs. Buffalo (11/7) with a bruised thigh. He is day-to-day. Jan Hlavac left Thursday's game vs. Buffalo (11/7) with a bruised thigh. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / PITTSBURGH NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet tonight for the first of four games this season. Carolina won last year’s season series with Pittsburgh 2-0-2, earning a pair of ties at home and defeating the Penguins twice at Mellon Arena. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie on Nov. 6 and a 3-3 tie on Feb. 5 in Raleigh. The Hurricanes defeated the Penguins 7-0 on Dec. 16 and 3-1 on March 7 in Pittsburgh. Jeff O’Neill was the leading scorer in last year’s season series with six points (3g, 3a) in four games. Ron Francis tallied four goals against his former team last season. The Hurricanes are 35-41-10-0 all-time against Pittsburgh, with a 19-20-5-0 record at home and a 16-21-5-0 record on the road.

PENGUINS NOTES
The Penguins play at Tampa Bay on Friday before heading to Carolina. Both Mario Lemieux and Alexei Kovalev enter Friday's game with 11-game point streaks on the line. Those streaks are the longest in the league this season. Lemieux has an 11-game assist streak as well (21 assists), the longest assist streak in the league this season and the second longest of his career. Pittsburgh has the top power play unit in the league, scoring 29.9% of the time (20 for 67) and is first in the league on the road at 38.1% (8 for 21).

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 14 5 9 14
17 Brind'Amour 14 8 5 13
10 Francis 14 4 4 8
24 Kapanen 13 4 3 7
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 3 4.35 0-3-0 .833
80 Weekes 12 1.76 6-3-2 .942
PENGUINS*
GP G A TP
66 Lemieux 12 8 21 29
27 Kovalev 12 10 9 19
95 Morozov 12 7 9 16
32 Tarnstrom 12 3 9 12
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Hedberg 10 2.89 6-2-2 .907
30 Aubin 3 3.75 1-1-0 .896

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 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 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 61 12 28 -16 40
E. Staal 56 18 19 -10 37
E. Lindholm 60 11 16 -16 27
J. Skinner 56 16 10 -16 26
R. Nash 58 7 15 -9 22
N. Gerbe 57 7 15 -11 22
V. Rask 59 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 61 6 12 3 18
J. Staal 25 4 12 -2 16
A. Nestrasil 33 4 10 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 19 4 .913 2.37
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60