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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. FLORIDA

Thursday, 12.5.2002 / 9:50 PM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. FLORIDA

CAROLINA HURRICANES (12-8-4-3, 31 pts.)
at
FLORIDA PANTHERS (8-8-6-4, 26 pts.)
Friday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. at RBC Center



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes return home to take on the Florida Panthers in the second half of a home-and-home set with Florida. The Panthers defeated the Hurricanes 4-2 on Wednesday night at the Office Depot Center. The Hurricanes defeated Nashville at Gaylord Entertainment Center 2-1 on Tuesday night. Carolina has won three of its last four games and four of the last six. Carolina is in the midst of four consecutive sets of back-to-back games as the team travels to Ottawa to take on the Senators on Saturday night. The Hurricanes are 7-3-0-0 in back-to-back games with a 5-0-0-0 record in the front half and a 2-3-0-0 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 five times in regulation in its last 22 games. All but seven of the Hurricanes' last 22 opponents participated in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Second-year forward Erik Cole scored his 10th goal of the season on Wednesday at Florida and now has 12 points (8g, 4a) in the last nine 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 28 points (13g, 15a) in nine games. Carolina captain Ron Francis scored his 524th career NHL goal against Florida on Wednesday, moving him into a tie with Bryan Trottier for 22nd on the NHL’s all-time goals list. Francis has tallied six points (2g, 4a) in the last five games.

PRACTICE TIMES

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.
Dec. 9 Monday RecZone 10 a.m.
Dec. 10 Tuesday Skyreach Centre TBA

ON THE AIR
Television: None
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 will honor goaltender Arturs Irbe prior to Friday night’s game. Irbe played in his 500th career NHL game on Jan. 23, 2002 against the Nashville Predators. The National Hockey League recognizes a goaltender’s 500th game as a major milestone achievement, as it does for a skater’s 1000th game. Jim Gregory, Vice President of Hockey Operations for the NHL, Peter Karmanos, Jr., Owner and CEO of the Carolina Hurricanes and Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford will be present for the special presentation. Irbe, who became the franchise’s all-time leader in wins on March 30, 2002 at Boston, is seven games shy of becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (Sean Burke, 281). Irbe earned his 200th career NHL win on March 2, 2002 at Montreal.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 7-3-4-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-5-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 31-of-166 (18.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 130-of-150 (86.7%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Josef Vasicek missed the game at Florida (12/4) due to back spasms. He is day-to-day. Kevin Weekes missed the game at Florida (12/4) due to a concussion. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Nov. 29. Sami Kapanen missed the game at Florida (12/4) with a groin injury. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / FLORIDA NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Florida Panthers meet tonight for the second of five matchups this season. The Southeast Division rivals will meet once more in Raleigh and twice more in Sunrise during the 2002-03 season. Florida defeated Carolina 4-2 on Dec. 4 at the Office Depot Center in the two teams’ first matchup of the 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 17-15-9-0 all-time against the Panthers, with a 10-8-2-0 record at home and a 7-7-7-0 record at Florida.

PANTHERS NOTES
Center Olli Jokinen tallied a pair of goals against the Hurricanes on Wednesday night at the Office Depot Center. Jokinen is tied for sixth in the NHL in scoring through games of Dec. 4 with 29 points (14g, 15a).

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
17 Brind'Amour 27 11 15 26
92 O'Neill 27 7 14 21
10 Francis 27 10 9 19
26 Cole 27 10 8 18
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 9 3.12 4-5-0 .883
80 Weekes 20 2.07 8-6-4 .931
PANTHERS
GP G A TP
12 Jokinen 26 14 15 29
22 Huselius 23 12 7 19
44 Ozolinsh 26 5 14 19
20 Bure 26 5 13 18
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Luongo 17 3.26 5-9-1 .898
30 Hurme 13 2.46 3-3-5 .925

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62