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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 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45