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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. DALLAS

Sunday, 12.22.2002 / 1:27 PM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. DALLAS

CAROLINA HURRICANES (14-12-5-3, 36 pts.)
at
DALLAS STARS (18-8-8-1, 45 pts.)
Sunday, December 22 at 1:30 p.m. at RBC Center



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes host the Dallas Stars in a Sunday afternoon matinee before the holiday break. The Hurricanes earned a 3-2 come-from-behind overtime victory in Atlanta on Friday night. Carolina has lost just nine times in regulation in its last 29 games. All but 13 of the Hurricanes' last 28 opponents participated in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Dallas enters the game with the best record in hockey. The Stars are concluding a five-game, nine-day road trip before Christmas.
Carolina captain Ron Francis tallied a goal and an assist in the third period of Friday night’s game at Atlanta and now has 13 points (6g, 7a) in his last 12 games. Francis is one assist shy of becoming the second player in NHL history after Wayne Gretzky to tally 1,200 career assists. Second-year forward Erik Cole has 15 points (9g, 6a) in the last 16 games. Sami Kapanen played in his 500th NHL game on Friday.

PRACTICE TIMES

Dec. 23 Monday RBC Center TBA
Dec. 24 Tuesday RBC Center TBA
Dec. 26 Thursday RBC Center TBA
Dec. 27 Friday RBC Center 10:30 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
Carolina sits just one point behind Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay after defeating the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 in overtime Friday night. Netminder Kevin Weekes returned to the ice after missing eight games due to a concussion. The Hurricanes will have a four-day break for the holidays before entering their eighth of 19 sets of back-to-back games. Carolina will host the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday, Dec. 27 and then travel to New York to face the Islanders on Saturday, Dec. 28.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 7-4-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 7-8-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 36-of-197 (18.3%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 159-of-186 (85.5%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Bret Hedican missed the game at Atlanta (12/20) due to a concussion. He is day-to-day.
Josef Vasicek missed the game at Atlanta (12/20) with a back injury. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / DALLAS NOTES
Carolina and Dallas meet tonight for the first of two matchups during the 2002-03 regular season. The Hurricanes won the regular season series against the Stars last season 1-0-1, earning a 3-0 victory in Raleigh on Oct. 7 and playing to a 4-4 tie with the Stars in Dallas on Nov. 21 at the American Airlines Center. Erik Cole led all scorers in the season series with four points (1g, 3a) and a (+4) rating in the two games. Rod Brind’Amour tallied three points (1g, 2a) and a (+4) rating against Dallas. Goaltender Arturs Irbe was 1-0-0, earning a shutout against his former team on Oct. 7 with 32 saves. The Hurricanes are 22-30-6-0 all-time against the Stars including a 12-14-4-0 record at home and a 10-16-2-0 record at Minnesota/Dallas.

STARS NOTES
The Stars lost to the Devils in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon before heading to Raleigh to take on the Hurricanes. Dallas will be without alternate captain and leading scorer Mike Modano indefinitely. Modano was placed on Injured Reserve after sustaining a concussion on Dec. 17 at Philadelphia. Center Jason Arnott has scored five goals in his past 10 games (7g, 1a). Four of his nine goals this season have been game-winners, which ties him for sixth in the NHL through games of Dec. 20.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
17 Brind'Amour 34 11 16 27
92 O'Neill 34 10 17 27
10 Francis 34 14 12 26
26 Cole 34 11 10 21
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 15 2.91 5-8-1 .891
80 Weekes 21 2.06 9-6-4 .931
STARS
GP G A TP
9 Modano 33 13 22 35
13 Guerin 35 16 16 32
77 Turgeon 35 8 21 29
56 Zubov 35 4 23 27
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
31 Tugnutt 8 2.68 3-2-2 .905
35 Turco 29 1.75 15-7-6 .931

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
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 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 59 11 27 -16 38
E. Staal 54 18 18 -9 36
E. Lindholm 58 11 15 -16 26
J. Skinner 54 15 9 -16 24
R. Nash 56 7 14 -9 21
N. Gerbe 55 6 14 -13 20
A. Sekera 57 2 17 -7 19
V. Rask 57 8 10 -18 18
J. McClement 59 4 12 1 16
J. Staal 23 4 11 -1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 19 4 .914 2.35
A. Khudobin 6 11 3 .901 2.73