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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at MINNESOTA

Saturday, 12.14.2002 / 2:23 AM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at MINNESOTA

CAROLINA HURRICANES (13-11-4-3, 33 pts.)
at
MINNESOTA WILD (16-7-6-1, 39 pts., through Dec. 12)
Sunday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild at Xcel Energy Center for the final game of a four-game road trip. Carolina defeated Calgary 4-3 on Thursday night at Pengrowth Saddledome. Carolina completed four consecutive sets of back-to-back games. The Hurricanes are 8-6-0-0 in back-to-back games with a 5-2-0-0 record in the front half and a 3-4-0-0 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 26 games. All but ten of the Hurricanes' last 26 opponents participated in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Carolina captain Ron Francis, playing in his 1,600th NHL game, scored his 525th career NHL goal at Calgary on Thursday, moving him past Bryan Trottier for 22nd on the NHL’s all-time goals list. Francis also scored the game-winner and has tallied nine points (4g, 5a) in the last nine games. Second-year forward Erik Cole has 14 points (9g, 5a) in the last 13 games. The BBC line of Rod Brind’Amour, Bates Battaglia, and Cole continues to drive the Hurricanes’ offense with 31 points (15g, 16a) in 13 games. Battaglia netted his second career shorthanded goal at Calgary.

PRACTICE TIMES

Dec. 14 Saturday Xcel Energy Centre TBA
Dec. 15 Sunday Xcel Energy Center TBA
Dec. 16 Monday RecZone 12 noon
Dec. 17 Tuesday RBC Center TBA
Dec. 18 Wednesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 19 Thursday RBC Center TBA
Dec. 20 Friday Phillips Arena 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
Center Rod Brind’Amour was honored in Calgary Thursday night with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his support of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Society. Linemates Ron Francis, Jeff O’Neill, and Jan Hlavac combined for eight of Carolina’s ten scoring points in the Hurricanes victory over the Flames. Together, Francis, O’Neill, and Hlavac have notched 24 points (10g, 14a) in the past nine games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 7-4-4-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-7-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 34-of-184 (18.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 149-of-174 (85.6%)

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

CAROLINA / MINNESOTA NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Wild meet for the first of two matchups this season. Carolina won last season’s series 2-0. Captain Ron Francis and Jeff O’Neill led Carolina in scoring in last season’s series with four points each. Francis and O’Neill tallied two goals and two assists apiece. The Hurricanes downed the Wild, 7-3 in Minnesota on Oct. 24, 2001. Carolina won the rematch 2-0 in Raleigh on Jan. 15, 2002. Carolina leads the series with Minnesota 2-0-1-0. The Hurricanes are 1-0-0-0 in Raleigh and 1-0-1-0 at Minnesota against the Wild.

WILD NOTES
Minnesota travels to Nashville on Saturday, Dec. 14 for a matchup with the Predators, before returning to Xcel Energy Center to host the Hurricanes on Sunday. The Wild have won three straight, with their last loss coming at Calgary on Dec. 5 and are tied for first in the Western Conference with 39 points. Winger Marian Gaborik leads the Wild with 29 points (19g, 10a). He is tied for first in the league in goals scored through games of Dec. 12. Gaborik has netted three hat tricks since Nov. 4.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
17 Brind'Amour 31 11 15 26
92 O'Neill 31 9 16 25
10 Francis 31 12 10 22
26 Cole 31 11 9 20
20 Hlavac 27 6 9 15
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 13 3.17 5-7-0 .888
80 Weekes 20 2.07 8-6-4 .931
WILD
GP G A TP
10 Gaborik 30 19 10 29
7 Ronning 30 5 18 23
11 Dupuis 29 8 13 21
15 Brunette 30 11 9 20
33 Zholtok 30 5 15 20
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 Roloson 16 2.05 8-2-5 .927
35 Fernandez 15 2.21 8-6-1 .926

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 55 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 53 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 55 12 19 7 31
K. Versteeg 54 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 55 9 21 1 30
E. Lindholm 55 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 48 8 12 0 20
J. Nordstrom 44 5 10 2 15
R. Hainsey 55 3 11 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 7 .909 2.34
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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