Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. TAMPA BAY
CAROLINA HURRICANES (8-4-3-2, 21 pts.)
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (10-4-2-1, 23 pts.)
Sunday, November 17 at 1:30 p.m. at RBC Center
Rod Brind’Amour played in his 1000th career NHL game on Friday against Philadelphia. Brind’Amour became the 181st player in NHL history to reach the milestone and the third player to reach 1,000 games while playing for the franchise (Brian Propp on March 2, 1994 and Glen Wesley on Jan. 20, 2001). Hurricanes netminder Kevin Weekes is 7-1-3 in his last 11 games with a goals against average of 1.51 (17g, 677 min.) and a save percentage of .950 (17G, 340 SA).
|Nov. 17||Sunday||RBC Center||TBA|
|Nov. 18||Monday||RecZone||11:00 a.m.|
|Nov. 19||Tuesday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
|Nov. 20||Wednesday||RecZone||11:00 a.m.|
|Nov. 21||Thursday||FleetCenter||11:30 a.m.|
ON THE AIR
Radio: WKIX 102.3 FM (Goldsboro); WKXU 101.1 FM (Raleigh); 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); WCNC 1240-AM (Elizabeth City); WZBO 1260-AM (Edenton)
The Hurricanes are 4-0-2-1 after seven games of a franchise-record nine-game homestand. The leading scorer on the current homestand is Rod Brind’Amour (2g, 5a). Carolina’s penalty kill has been successful in 83-of-95 (87.4%) of shorthanded situations this season and was ranked fourth in the NHL through games of Nov. 15. Since the Southeast Division was created, Carolina has a 41-17-20-1 record in 79 games against the Washington Capitals, Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 6-2-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 2-2-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17-of-107 (15.9%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 83-of-95 (87.4%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Josef Vasicek missed the game vs. Philadelphia (11/15) due to back spasms. He is day-to-day. Sami Kapanen missed the game vs. Philadelphia (11/15) due to a groin injury. He is day-to-day.
CAROLINA / TAMPA BAY NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet tonight for the second of five games this season. The Lightning and Hurricanes will meet once more in Tampa and twice more in Raleigh during the 2002-03 season. The Lightning won the two teams’ first matchup this season 5-1 at the St. Pete Times Forum on Oct. 12.
The Hurricanes won the regular season series last season against the Lightning with a 3-2-0 record. Carolina was 1-1-0 at home against Tampa Bay, falling to the Lightning 4-0 on Nov. 25, 2001 and defeating Tampa Bay 4-2 on April 10, 2002 to clinch the Southeast Division title. The Hurricanes were 2-1-0 in Tampa, earning wins on Dec. 27 (3-2) and Jan. 30 (3-1) and falling 2-0 on Nov. 17. Carolina is 23-14-5-0 all-time against the Lightning, with a 15-3-3-0 record at home and an 8-11-3-0 record in Tampa.
The Lightning defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Friday night and currently sit atop the Southeast Division and second in the Eastern Conference with 23 points. Lightning forward Martin St. Louis is tied for second in the NHL in scoring with 23 points (11g, 12a) and is tied for first in goals with 11.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
26 St. Louis