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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ATLANTA

Thursday, 12.19.2002 / 1:53 PM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ATLANTA

CAROLINA HURRICANES (13-12-5-3, 34 pts.)
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ATLANTA THRASHERS (8-19-1-3, 20 pts.)
Friday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Philips Arena



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to Atlanta to take on Southeast Division rival Thrashers at Philips Arena. The Hurricanes tied the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-1 at RBC Center on Wednesday night. Carolina has lost just nine times in regulation in its last 28 games. All but 12 of the Hurricanes' last 28 opponents participated in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Carolina captain Ron Francis assisted on Jan Hlavac’s game-tying goal against Tampa Bay and has now tallied 11 points (5g, 6a) in his last 11 games. Second-year forward Erik Cole has 14 points (9g, 5a) in the last 15 games. Sami Kapanen is scheduled to play in his 500th NHL game on Friday at Atlanta.

PRACTICE TIMES

Dec. 20 Friday Phillips Arena 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 21 Saturday RecZone 11:45 a.m.
Dec. 23 Monday RBC Center TBA
Dec. 24 Tuesday RBC Center TBA
Dec. 26 Thursday RBC Center TBA
Dec. 27 Friday RBC Center TBA

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 sits just three points behind Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay after tying the Lightning 1-1 at RBC Center Wednesday night. The Hurricanes ranked sixth in the league in penalty killing percentage (85.7%) and eighth in power-play percentage (18.6%) through games of Dec. 18. Netminder Kevin Weekes was activated from the Injured Reserve List on Dec. 18 after missing eight games due to a concussion.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 7-4-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-8-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 36-of-194 (18.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 156-of-182 (85.7%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Bret Hedican missed the game vs. Tampa Bay (12/18) due to a concussion. He is day-to-day.
Josef Vasicek missed the game vs. Tampa Bay (12/18) with a back injury. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / ATLANTA NOTES
Carolina and Atlanta meet tonight for the second of five matchups during the 2002-03 regular season and the first of three games in Atlanta (Dec. 20, Jan. 7, and March 26). The Hurricanes won the first game 5-3 in Raleigh on Oct. 11. The Hurricanes won the regular season series against the Thrashers last season 3-0-2, with four of the five games extending into the overtime period. Jeff O’Neill led all goal scorers in the season series (3) and was tied for the lead in points in the series with Rod Brind’Amour (2g, 4a). O’Neill scored an overtime game-winner against Atlanta on Dec. 20 in Raleigh. Erik Cole earned his first career hat trick against the Thrashers when he tallied the overtime winner on Dec. 21 for a 5-4 victory. The Hurricanes are 13-0-3 against the Thrashers in the all-time regular season series.

THRASHERS NOTES
The Thrashers fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 at Philips Arena on Wednesday night. Second year winger Dany Heatley is ranked tied for 17th in the league in points with 31 (8g, 23a) and fifth in assists through games of Dec. 18. Heatley won the 2002 Calder Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year. The Thrashers will be without defenseman Richard Smehlik who was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 14. Smehlik suffered a chest wall contusion in the second period at Dallas on Dec. 13.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
17 Brind'Amour 33 11 16 27
92 O'Neill 33 9 16 25
10 Francis 33 13 11 24
26 Cole 33 11 9 20
20 Hlavac 29 7 9 16
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 15 2.91 5-8-1 .891
80 Weekes 20 2.07 8-6-4 .931
THRASHERS
GP G A TP
15 Heatley 28 8 23 31
17 Kovalchuk 30 17 8 25
13 Kozlov 31 5 17 22
19 McEachern 31 9 11 20
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
31 Nurminen 17 3.06 6-7-1 .889
33 Hnilicka 11 4.16 0-9-0 .882
34 Dafoe 8 4.10 2-6-0 .857

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 61 12 28 -16 40
E. Staal 56 18 19 -10 37
E. Lindholm 60 11 16 -16 27
J. Skinner 56 16 10 -16 26
R. Nash 58 7 15 -9 22
N. Gerbe 57 7 15 -11 22
V. Rask 59 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 61 6 12 3 18
J. Staal 25 4 12 -2 16
A. Nestrasil 33 4 10 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 19 4 .913 2.37
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60