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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Saturday, 12.28.2002 / 1:47 AM / 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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45