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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. ATLANTA

Thursday, 12.26.2002 / 1:40 PM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. ATLANTA

CAROLINA HURRICANES (15-12-5-3, 38 pts.)
vs.
ATLANTA THRASHERS (8-20-1-4, 21 pts.)
Friday, December 27 at 7 p.m. at RBC Center



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes host the Atlanta Thrashers at the RBC Center in their first game back from the holiday break. It marks the second time the Hurricanes have played Atlanta in the past week. The Hurricanes earned a 3-2 come-from-behind overtime victory in Atlanta on Dec. 20. The Hurricanes are currently on a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) and a two-game win streak after defeating the Dallas Stars 1-0 at home on Dec. 22. Carolina has lost just nine times in regulation in its last 30 games.
Carolina captain Ron Francis assisted on Jeff O’Neill’s game-winner in the third period of Sunday’s game against Dallas and now has 14 points (6g, 8a) in his last 13 games. With the assist, Francis became 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 17 games.

PRACTICE TIMES

Dec. 27 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 28 Saturday Nassau Coliseum 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 29 Sunday RecZone 11:45 a.m.
Dec. 30 Monday RBC Center TBA

ON THE AIR
Television: None
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 is tied with Tampa Bay for first place in the Southeast Division after blanking the Dallas Stars 1-0 Sunday night. Netminder Kevin Weekes earned his 10th career shutout and second consecutive victory after missing eight games due to a concussion. The Hurricanes enter their eighth of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season. After hosting Atlanta tonight, Carolina will travel to New York to face the Islanders on Saturday, Dec. 28.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-4-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 7-8-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 36-of-198 (18.2%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 161-of-188 (85.6%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Bret Hedican missed the game vs. Dallas (12/22) due to a concussion. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / ATLANTA NOTES
Carolina and Atlanta meet tonight for the third of five matchups during the 2002-03 regular season and the second of two games at home. The Hurricanes won the first game in Raleigh 5-3 on Oct. 11 as Rod Brind’Amour, Erik Cole, and Josef Vasicek each notched a goal and an assist. Carolina defeated the Thrashers 3-2 in overtime on Dec. 20 on Aaron Ward’s OT game-winner.
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 14-0-3 against the Thrashers in the all-time regular season series.

THRASHERS NOTES
The Thrashers fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 on Monday Dec. 23 at Air Canada Centre before the holiday break. Second year winger, Ilya Kovalchuk leads Atlanta in goal scoring this season and is tied for sixth in the league in that category through games of Dec. 23. Kovalchuk has netted 18 goals thus far. The Thrashers are still without leading scorer and 2002 Calder Trophy Winner Dany Heatley who has been sidelined with a groin strain.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 35 11 17 28
17 Brind'Amour 35 11 16 27
10 Francis 35 14 13 27
26 Cole 35 11 10 21
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 15 2.91 5-8-1 .891
80 Weekes 22 1.96 10-6-4 .934
THRASHERS
GP G A TP
15 Heatley 28 8 23 31
17 Kovalchuk 32 18 8 26
13 Kozlov 33 6 18 24
19 McEachern 33 9 11 20
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
31 Nurminen 18 3.18 6-8-1 .884
33 Hnilicka 11 4.16 0-9-0 .882
34 Dafoe 9 3.95 2-7-0 .867

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45