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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72