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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NASHVILLE

Monday, 12.02.2002 / 2:34 PM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NASHVILLE

CAROLINA HURRICANES (11-7-4-3, 29 pts.)
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NASHVILLE PREDATORS (4-11-4-4, 16 pts.)
Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Gaylord Entertainment Center



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to Nashville to take on the Predators at Gaylord Entertainment Center. The Hurricanes won back-back games this past weekend against Detroit and Columbus. Carolina defeated the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings at the RBC Center 6-4 on Friday in a rematch of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. The Hurricanes then traveled to Columbus, where they defeated the Blue Jackets 4-2 on Saturday night at Nationwide Arena. Carolina is in the midst of four consecutive sets of back-to-back games. The Hurricanes play at Florida on Wednesday night. The Hurricanes are 6-2-0-0 in back-to-back games with a 4-0-0-0 record in the front half and a 2-2-0-0 record in the back half of back-to-back games. Carolina plays a total of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season. Carolina has lost just four times in regulation in its last 20 games. All but five of the Hurricanes' last 20 opponents participated in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Second-year forward Erik Cole notched a pair of goals against Columbus on Saturday night and now has 10 points (6g, 4a) in the last seven games. Cole was named a runner-up for NHL Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 23-29, totaling seven points (4g, 3a) and registering a (+5) rating in three games. Carolina captain Ron Francis scored his 523rd career NHL goal against Columbus on Saturday, surpassing Pat Verbeek for 23rd on the NHL’s all-time list. Francis will tie Bryan Trottier (524) for 22nd all-time in goal scoring with his next goal. Goaltender Kevin Weekes was placed on Injured Reserve on Saturday after suffering a concussion against Detroit on Friday night. Jean-Marc Pelletier was recalled from Lowell of the American Hockey League to serve as backup to Arturs Irbe.

PRACTICE TIMES

Dec. 3 Tuesday Gaylord Entertainment Center 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 4 Wednesday National Car Rental Center 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 5 Thursday RBC Center TBA
Dec. 6 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 7 Saturday Corel Centre 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 have won two straight and are currently in their fifth of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season. Carolina is 6-2-0-0 in back-to-back games with a 4-0-0-0 record in the front half and a 2-2-0-0 record in the back half of back-to-back games. Erik Cole netted two goals at Columbus Saturday night and now has 10 points (6g, 4a) in his last seven games. Jan Hlavac has tallied 10 points (5g, 5a) in 12 games since he was acquired from Vancouver on Nov. 1.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 7-3-4-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 4-4-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 29-of-160 (18.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 119-of-138 (86.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Josef Vasicek missed the game at Columbus Detroit (11/30) due to back spasms. He is day-to-day. Kevin Weekes missed the game at Columbus (11/30) due to a concussion. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Nov. 29.

CAROLINA / NASHVILLE NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Nashville Predators meet Tuesday night for the only time this season. The Hurricanes and Predators played to a 2-2 tie in their only meeting last season, on Jan. 23 in Raleigh. Bates Battaglia and Shane Willis scored the goals for the Hurricanes in the game and Arturs Irbe stopped 20 of 22 Nashville shots. Carolina is 2-4-1-0 all-time against Nashville, including a 2-1-1 record at home. The Hurricanes have never defeated the Predators at Gaylord Entertainment Center (0-3-0-0).

PREDATORS NOTES
Nashville defeated Western Conference leader Dallas, 5-2 at Gaylord Entertainment Center on Saturday, Nov. 30. Winger Andreas Johansson is the Predator’s leading goal scorer with 12 and is tied for 10th in the league in that category through games of Nov. 30. Johansson separated his shoulder Friday night and has been placed on Injured Reserve. Nashville has one of the top penalty-killing units in the league at home. Through games of Nov. 30, the Predators are 29-of-33 (87.9%) in shorthanded situations, tied for fifth in the league when at home.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
17 Brind'Amour 25 10 14 24
92 O'Neill 25 7 13 20
10 Francis 25 9 8 17
26 Cole 25 8 8 16
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 7 3.31 3-4-0 .880
80 Weekes 20 2.07 8-6-4 .931
PREDATORS
GP G A TP
21 Johansson 22 12 8 20
11 Legwand 23 6 9 15
5 Delmore 18 7 5 12
44 Timonen 20 1 10 11
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Dunham 13 3.32 2-8-2 .885
29 Vokoun 12 2.37 2-7-2 .890

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 31 21 6 4 99 71 46
2 NYI 32 22 10 0 101 90 44
3 TBL 34 20 10 4 112 90 44
4 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
7 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
8 WSH 31 15 10 6 91 85 36
9 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
10 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
11 OTT 32 14 12 6 88 88 34
12 NJD 34 12 16 6 77 98 30
13 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
14 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
15 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 31 6 13 -13 19
E. Staal 26 7 11 -10 18
R. Nash 31 4 12 -3 16
J. Skinner 27 7 8 -4 15
E. Lindholm 31 8 6 -7 14
J. Tlusty 28 10 3 -11 13
N. Gerbe 27 3 9 -2 12
A. Sekera 29 1 11 -8 12
V. Rask 31 4 5 -8 9
C. Terry 22 5 3 -2 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 9 12 1 .909 2.47
A. Khudobin 0 7 2 .892 3.11