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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at FLORIDA

Wednesday, 12.4.2002 / 10:07 AM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at FLORIDA

CAROLINA HURRICANES (12-7-4-3, 31 pts.)
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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 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
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81