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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at FLORIDA

Wednesday, 12.04.2002 / 10:07 AM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at FLORIDA

CAROLINA HURRICANES (12-7-4-3, 31 pts.)
at
FLORIDA PANTHERS (7-8-6-4, 24 pts.)
Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Office Depot Center



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to Florida to take on the Panthers at Office Depot Center. Carolina and Florida will meet again in two days at RBC Center. The Hurricanes defeated Nashville at Gaylord Entertainment Center 2-1 on Tuesday night. Carolina has now won three consecutive games and four of the last five. Carolina is in the midst of four consecutive sets of back-to-back games. The Hurricanes are 7-2-0-0 in back-to-back games with a 5-0-0-0 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 21 games. All but six of the Hurricanes' last 21 opponents participated in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Second-year forward Erik Cole notched the game-winner Tuesday night at Columbus and now has 11 points (7g, 4a) in the last eight 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. The BBC line of Rod Brind’Amour, Bates Battaglia, and Cole continues to drive the Hurricanes’ offense with 26 points (12g, 14a) in eight 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. Francis has tallied five points (1g, 4a) in the last four games.

PRACTICE TIMES

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.
Dec. 8 Sunday RecZone 11:45 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
Carolina defeated Nashville for the first time ever at Gaylord Entertainment Center last night. Rod Brind’Amour has tallied 28 points (12g, 16a) in 43 games in his career against the Florida Panthers. Brind’Amour continues to lead the Hurricanes with 25 points (11g, 14a) in 26 games this season.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 7-3-4-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-4-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 30-of-163 (18.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 125-of-144 (86.8%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Josef Vasicek missed the game at Nashville (12/3) due to back spasms. He is day-to-day. Kevin Weekes missed the game at Nashville (12/3) due to a concussion. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Nov. 29. Sami Kapanen left the game at Nashville (12/3) with a groin injury. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / FLORIDA NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Florida Panthers meet tonight for the first of five matchups this season. The Southeast Division rivals will meet twice in Raleigh and three times in Sunrise during the 2002-03 season. Carolina won last season’s series with a 4-0-1-0 record. The Hurricanes were 2-0-1-0 at home in 2001-02 earning wins on Dec. 12 (4-1) and March 21 (3-2) and a tie on Jan. 25 (1-1). Carolina was 2-0-0-0 at Florida defeating the Panthers on Dec. 8 (3-2) and April 12 (3-1). Ron Francis, Bates Battaglia, Rod Brind’Amour, and Martin Gelinas led Carolina with four points each. The Hurricanes are 17-14-9-0 all-time against the Panthers, with a 10-8-2-0 record at home and a 7-6-7-0 record at Florida.

PANTHERS NOTES
Florida has had three days to rest and prepare for Carolina. The Panthers last played Sat. Nov. 30, a 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Center Olli Jokinen leads the Panthers in scoring and is tied for tenth in the league with 27 points (12g, 15a) through games of Dec. 2. Florida is 12-of-56 (21.4%) on the power-play at home this season and ranks seventh in the league through Dec. 2.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
17 Brind'Amour 26 11 14 25
92 O'Neill 26 7 13 20
10 Francis 26 9 9 18
26 Cole 26 9 8 17
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 8 2.98 4-4-0 .890
80 Weekes 20 2.07 8-6-4 .931
PANTHERS
GP G A TP
12 Jokinen 25 12 15 27
22 Huselius 22 12 6 18
44 Ozolinsh 25 5 12 17
20 Bure 25 5 11 16
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Luongo 16 3.35 4-9-1 .895
30 Hurme 13 2.46 3-3-5 .925

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 61 12 28 -16 40
E. Staal 56 18 19 -10 37
E. Lindholm 60 11 16 -16 27
J. Skinner 56 16 10 -16 26
R. Nash 58 7 15 -9 22
N. Gerbe 57 7 15 -11 22
V. Rask 59 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 61 6 12 3 18
J. Staal 25 4 12 -2 16
A. Nestrasil 33 4 10 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 19 4 .913 2.37
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60