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