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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at MINNESOTA

Saturday, 12.14.2002 / 2:23 AM / 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

SCHEDULE

HOME
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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 60 11 28 -14 39
E. Staal 55 18 18 -9 36
E. Lindholm 59 11 16 -15 27
J. Skinner 55 16 9 -15 25
R. Nash 57 7 15 -8 22
N. Gerbe 56 7 14 -11 21
V. Rask 58 8 11 -16 19
J. McClement 60 4 12 1 16
J. Staal 24 4 11 -1 15
A. Semin 36 2 12 -8 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 19 4 .914 2.35
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60