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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Saturday, 12.28.2002 / 1:47 AM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NEW YORK ISLANDERS

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NEW YORK ISLANDERS (13-16-5-0, 31 pts.)
Saturday, December 28 at 7 p.m. at Nassau Coliseum



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to New York to take on the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum. Carolina is currently in their eighth set of 19 back-to-back games. The Hurricanes fell to the Thrashers 5-3 at RBC Center on Dec. 27. The loss marked the first ever to the Thrashers. Carolina has lost just 10 times in regulation in its last 31 games.
Carolina captain Ron Francis assisted on Jeff O’Neill’s power play goal in the first period and now has 15 points (6g, 9a) in his last 14 games. Francis is currently on a six-game point streak. With his assist against the Dallas Stars, 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 18 games.

PRACTICE TIMES

Dec. 28 Saturday Nassau Coliseum 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 29 Sunday RecZone 11:45 a.m.
Dec. 30 Monday RBC Center TBA
Dec. 31 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 1 Wednesday 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 remains two points behind Southeast Division leading Tampa Bay after falling to the Atlanta Thrashers 5-3 on Friday. The Hurricanes are currently in the eighth of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season. Carolina is 8-7-0-0 in back-to-back games with a 5-3-0-0 record in the front half and a 3-4-0-0 record in the back half of back-to-back games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-5-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 7-8-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 37-of-201 (18.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 162-of-191 (84.8%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Bret Hedican missed the game vs. Atlanta (12/27) due to a concussion. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / NEW YORK NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Islanders meet for the second of four games this season. The Hurricanes defeated New York 4-1 on Oct. 22 behind a 36-save performance by netminder Kevin Weekes. Sami Kapanen ended his scoring drought, netting two goals against the Islanders. Kevyn Adams and Rod Brind’Amour also added goals for Carolina.
The Islanders won last season’s series 3-1-0, including two overtime wins against the Hurricanes. Carolina’s lone win against the Islanders came on April 8 at Nassau Coliseum, 2-1. All three of the Islanders wins against Carolina came in October, as New York defeated Carolina 4-0 in Raleigh on Oct. 17, and topped the Hurricanes in overtime 3-2 on Oct. 26 in Raleigh and 2-1 on Oct. 18 at Nassau Coliseum. Rod Brind’Amour and Josef Vasicek each had a pair of goals in the season series. The Hurricanes lead the all-time regular season series with the Islanders with a record of 37-33-9-2. Carolina is 20-15-5-1 all-time at home against New York and 17-18-4-1 on the road.

ISLANDERS NOTES
The Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Monday, Dec. 23 at Nassau Coliseum to head into the holiday break. The Islanders overcame an early one-goal deficit to earn the win. New York is 5-3-2 this month and is 2-1-1 in their last four games. A victory in one of the Islanders two remaining games this month will ensure the team’s first winning December since 1993.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 36 12 17 29
17 Brind'Amour 36 11 17 28
10 Francis 36 14 14 28
26 Cole 36 11 10 21
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 15 2.91 5-8-1 .891
80 Weekes 23 2.10 10-7-4 .923
ISLANDERS
GP G A TP
79 Yashin 34 8 22 30
37 Parrish 33 12 9 21
17 Bates 31 6 15 21
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 Snow 12 2.52 2-5-1 .895
35 Osgood 25 3.10 10-10-4 .883
39 DiPietro 2 2.02 1-1-0 .920

SCHEDULE

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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
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
J. Liles 51 2 17 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60