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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ATLANTA

Thursday, 12.19.2002 / 1:53 PM ET / 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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
A. Nestrasil 48 7 13 5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60