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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.)
at
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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81