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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at COLUMBUS

Saturday, 11.30.2002 / 12:51 PM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at COLUMBUS

CAROLINA HURRICANES (10-7-4-3, 27 pts.)
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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (9-10-2-2, 22 pts.)
Saturday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Nationwide Arena



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Hurricanes defeated the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings at RBC Center 6-4 on Friday in a rematch of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. Saturday’s game at Columbus is the second half of Carolina’s fourth of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season. The Hurricanes scored five consecutive power play goals against the Red Wings on Friday night. Carolina last netted five power play goals in a 6-4 Hartford win versus the New York Islanders on March 14, 1995. The Hurricanes have scored 16 goals in their last four games. Carolina has lost just four times in regulation in its last 19 games. All but four of the Hurricanes' last 19 opponents participated in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Linemates on the BBC, Rod Brind’Amour, Bates Battaglia, and Erik Cole have combined for 21 points in the last six games. Brind’Amour has tallied nine points (2g, 7a) during that stretch and seven points (1g, 6a) in the last four games. Battaglia has four points (2g, 2a) in six games, including two assists against Detroit on Friday night. Cole has eight points (4g, 4a) and 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. 30 Saturday Nationwide Arena 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 1 Sunday RBC Center TBA
Dec. 2 Monday RBC Center TBA
Dec. 3 Tuesday Gaylord Entertainment Center 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 4 Wednesday National Car Rental Center 11:30 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net (NC & SC)
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
The Hurricanes are currently in their fourth of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season. Carolina is 5-2-0-0 in back-to-back games with a 4-0-0-0 record in the front half and a 1-2-0-0 record in the back half of back-to-back games. The Hurricanes were 15-16-3 in back-to-back games in 2000-01, with a record of 8-6-3 in the first games and 7-10-0 in the second games. Jan Hlavac netted his third career hat trick and first with the franchise in the 6-4 win over Detroit Friday night. Hlavac has tallied 10 points (5g, 5a) since he was acquired from Vancouver on Nov. 1.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 7-3-4-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 3-4-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 28-of-155 (18.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 116-of-134 (86.6%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Josef Vasicek missed the game against Detroit (11/29) due to back spasms. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / COLUMBUS NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet tonight for the first of two matchups this season. Columbus will visit Carolina on Monday March 10, 2003. The Hurricanes and Blue Jackets met just once last season, with Carolina earning the win, 5-2 in Raleigh on November 19. Erik Cole led the Hurricanes in points with two in the game (0g, 2a). Rod Brind’Amour, Jeff Daniels, Marek Malik, Jeff O’Neill, and Glen Wesley all scored goals against the Blue Jackets. Arturs Irbe was in net for Carolina and made 16 saves. The Hurricanes lead the series with the Blue Jackets 2-1-0-0 overall and 2-0-0-0 in Raleigh. The Blue Jackets own the series in Columbus 1-0-0-0.

BLUE JACKETS NOTES
The Blue Jackets return home for the back half of their third set of back-to-back games this season. Columbus defeated the New York Islanders 4-2 at Nassau Coliseum Friday night. The Blue Jackets have earned at least a point in eight of their last 11 home games and 9 of 13 overall. Winger Rick Nash is tied for third in points with 12 (5g, 7a), tied for third in goals, second in power-play points (5) and second in power-play assists (5) among rookies.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
17 Brind'Amour 24 10 14 24
92 O'Neill 24 7 13 20
10 Francis 24 8 8 16
26 Cole 24 6 8 14
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 6 3.58 2-4-0 .871
80 Weekes 20 2.07 8-6-4 .931
BLUE JACKETS
GP G A TP
25 Cassels 23 6 19 25
14 Whitney 23 9 14 23
8 Sanderson 23 12 8 20
16 Sillinger 23 4 11 15
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 Denis 22 2.82 9-11-2 .912
35 Labbe 2 5.22 0-1-0 .846

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 69 21 28 -11 49
J. Faulk 74 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 73 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 69 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 72 11 20 -11 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 70 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 74 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 46 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 38 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62