Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. VANCOUVER

Tuesday, 11.26.2002 / 8:43 PM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. VANCOUVER

CAROLINA HURRICANES (9-6-4-3, 25 pts.)
at
VANCOUVER CANUCKS (12-5-4-0, 28 pts.)
Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the RBC Center



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes return home from a three-game road trip to face the Vancouver Canucks. Carolina fell to the New York Rangers, 3-1 on Monday to complete the road trip with a record of 1-2. Wednesday's game will mark the return of former Hurricanes Darren Langdon and Marek Malik, who were dealt to the Canucks on Nov. 1 for Jan Hlavac and Harold Druken. Carolina has lost just three times in regulation in its last 17 games. All but four of the Hurricanes' last 17 opponents participated in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Hurricanes' defensemen Sean Hill and Glen Wesley earned points for the second consecutive game on Monday night. Wesley scored his first goal of the season against the Rangers with assists from Hill and Rod Brind'Amour. Captain Ron Francis has five points (4g, 1a) in his last seven games after tallying his 1,100th point with the franchise against Ottawa on November 19. With his goal at Montreal, Francis tied Pat Verbeek for 23rd on the NHL's all-time goals scored list. Winger Erik Cole was named a runner-up for NHL Player of the Week last week, totaling seven points (4g, 3a) and registering a (+5) rating in three games.

PRACTICE TIMES

Nov. 27 Wednesday RBC Centre 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 28 Thursday RBC Centre TBA
Nov. 29 Friday RBC Centre 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 30 Saturday Nationwide Arena 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 1 Sunday RBC Center TBA
Dec. 2 Monday RBC Center TBA

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox DT
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)
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES
Linemates on the "BBC", Rod Brind'Amour, Bates Battaglia and Erik Cole have combined for 14 points in the last four games. Brind'Amour has five points (1g, 4a) in the last four games and is the Hurricanes' leading scorer this season. Cole has six points (3g, 3a) in four games and is now tied for third on the team in scoring with 13 points (6g, 7a). Battaglia registered two points (2g, 0a) over the last four games. Carolina has won 847-of-1495 (56.7%) faceoffs through 22 games this season, ranking first in the NHL through games of Nov. 23.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 6-2-4-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 3-4-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 22-of-140 (15.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 105-of-122 (86.1%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Josef Vasicek missed the game at the New York Rangers (11/25) due to back spasms. He is day-to-day. Sami Kapanen missed the game at the New York Rangers (11/25) due to a groin injury. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / VANCOUVER NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Vancouver Canucks meet tonight for their only matchup this season. Vancouver won the regular season series against Carolina last season 2-0-0-0. The Canucks defeated the Hurricanes 7-1 at General Motors Palace on Jan. 12. Vancouver also defeated Carolina 7-5 in Raleigh on Jan. 21. Bates Battaglia was the Hurricanes leading goal scorer (2g, 1a) against the Canucks last season. Ron Francis led the team in points in the series with four (1g, 3a). Vancouver leads the all-time regular season series 24-22-11 overall and is 13-10-6 at home against the Hurricanes franchise. Carolina is 12-11-5 all-time at home against the Canucks.

CANUCKS NOTES
Vancouver defeated Minnesota 2-1 at Xcel Energy Center Monday night, ending the Wild's five-game unbeaten streak. The Canucks have now won seven-straight games with their last loss coming Nov. 6 at Dallas. Brendan Morrison is tied for seventh in the league in points with 24 (9g, 15a) and Todd Bertuzzi (10g, 13a) and Marcus Naslund (13g, 10a) are tied for eleventh with 23 points. Vancouver's penalty kill has been successful in 102-of-112 (91.1%) shorthanded situations and leads the league in that category through games of Nov. 25.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
17 Brind'Amour 22 9 11 20
92 O'Neill 22 6 11 17
10 Francis 22 8 5 13
26 Cole 22 6 7 13
22 Hill 22 1 9 10
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 4 3.94 1-3-0 .863
80 Weekes 19 1.99 8-6-4 .933
CANUCKS
GP G A TP
7 Morrison 21 9 15 24
19 Naslund 21 13 10 23
44 Bertuzzi 21 10 13 23
55 Jovanovski 21 2 13 15
33 H.Sedin 21 1 11 12
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Skudra 3 2.02 0-0-1 .900
39 Cloutier 20 2.33 12-5-3 .909
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