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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at CALGARY

Thursday, 12.12.2002 / 11:40 AM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at CALGARY

CAROLINA HURRICANES (12-11-4-3, 31 pts.)
at
CALGARY FLAMES (8-13-4-3, 23 pts.)
Thursday, December 12 at 9:00 p.m. at Pengrowth Saddledome



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to Calgary to take on the Flames at Pengrowth Saddledome for the third of four consecutive road games. The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Hurricanes 4-1 on Wednesday night at Skyreach Center. Carolina is in the midst of four consecutive sets of back-to-back games. The Hurricanes are 7-6-0-0 in back-to-back games with a 5-2-0-0 record in the front half and a 2-4-0-0 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 eight times in regulation in its last 25 games. All but nine of the Hurricanes' last 25 opponents participated in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Second-year forward Erik Cole has 13 points (9g, 4a) in the last 12 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 29 points (14g, 15a) in 12 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 seven points (2g, 5a) in the last eight games. Francis will play in his 1,600th NHL game at Calgary Thursday night.

PRACTICE TIMES

Dec. 12 Thursday Pengrowth Saddledome 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 13 Friday Pengworth Saddledome TBA
Dec. 14 Saturday Xcel Energy Centre TBA
Dec. 15 Sunday Xcel Energy Center TBA
Dec. 16 Monday RecZone 12 noon

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
Rod Brind’Amour’s team-leading 16 points (7g, 9a) on the power play this season, ranks tied for seventh in the NHL through games of Dec. 10. Carolina’s faceoff percentage remains at the top of the league. The Hurricanes have won 1128-of-2047 (55.1%) faceoffs through 30 games this season, ranking tied for first through games of Dec. 8. Carolina recalled defenseman Tomas Malec from Lowell on Dec. 11. Forward Harold Druken was picked up off waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 7-4-4-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-7-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 34-of-181 (18.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 145-of-169 (85.8%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Kevin Weekes missed the game at Edmonton (12/11) due to a concussion. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Nov. 29. Sami Kapanen missed the game at Edmonton (12/11) with a groin injury. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / CALGARY NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Flames meet for their only matchup this season. The Hurricanes and the Flames tied 3-3 in Raleigh on March 11, 2002. Captain Ron Francis led Carolina in scoring in last season’s matchup with two points (1g, 1a). Bates Battaglia and Jeff Daniels also netted goals for the Hurricanes. Calgary owns the series with Carolina 33-15-7-0 overall, 13-11-4-0 in Raleigh and 20-4-3 in Calgary.

FLAMES NOTES
Calgary returns home from Vancouver, where they defeated the Canucks, 2-1 on Monday, Dec. 9. The Flames are now 2-1 under interim head coach Al MacNeil. MacNeil was named to the position on Dec. 3. Center Rob Niedermayer is out with a knee injury and 2001-02 Art Ross Trophy winner, Jarome Iginla is questionable with a hip injury.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
17 Brind'Amour 30 11 15 26
92 O'Neill 30 8 14 22
10 Francis 30 10 10 20
26 Cole 30 11 8 19
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 12 3.18 4-8-0 .885
80 Weekes 20 2.07 8-6-4 .931
FLAMES
GP G A TP
37 Drury 27 7 15 22
12 Iginla 27 6 12 18
22 Conroy 26 7 9 16
23 Gelinas 28 7 9 16
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Turek 17 2.79 6-8-3 .903
33 McLennan 13 2.71 2-8-1 .906

SCHEDULE

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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