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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. DALLAS

Sunday, 12.22.2002 / 1:27 PM ET / 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

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81