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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NASHVILLE

Monday, 12.2.2002 / 2:34 PM ET / 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

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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