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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. NEW YORK RANGERS

Friday, 01.3.2003 / 11:34 AM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. NEW YORK RANGERS

CAROLINA HURRICANES (15-14-5-3, 38 pts.)
vs.
NEW YORK RANGERS (14-20-5-1, 34 pts.)
Tuesday, December 31 at 7:30 p.m. at RBC Center



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes return home to face the New York Rangers in a New Year’s Eve clash at RBC Center. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Carolina completed their eighth set of 19 back-to-back games over the weekend. The Hurricanes fell to the New York Islanders 3-0 at Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 28 in their second consecutive loss. Carolina will kick off the new year with a four-game road trip, including two sets of back-to-back games. The Hurricanes will wrap up the road trip with their final matchup against the Rangers this season on Wednesday Jan. 8.
Defenseman Glen Wesley played in his 600th game with the franchise at New York. Carolina head coach Paul Maurice will coach in his 600th career NHL/Hurricanes game against the New York Rangers tonight. Captain Ron Francis has 15 points (6g, 9a) in his last 15 games. Francis had his six-game point streak broken against the Islanders Saturday night. 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 19 games.

PRACTICE TIMES

Dec. 31 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 1 Wednesday RBC Center TBA
Jan. 2 Thursday RBC Center TBA
Jan. 3 Friday HSBC Arena 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 Saturday FleetCenter 11:30 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
Tonight’s game will begin at 7:30, a half-hour later than originally scheduled. Head coach Paul Maurice, who ranks first among NHL coaches in tenure with the same club despite being the youngest coach in the NHL, will coach in his 600th career game against the New York Rangers. Forward Jeff O’Neill leads the team with 29 points (12g, 17a). Five of O’Neill’s goals this season have been game-winners, ranking him tied for fifth in that category through games of Dec. 29.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-5-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 7-9-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 37-of-211 (17.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 169-of-199 (84.9%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE

CAROLINA / NEW YORK NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers meet tonight for the third of four matchups this season. The Rangers defeated Carolina 4-1 at RBC Center in the season opener on Oct. 9. Carolina is 3-1-1 overall when opening the regular season against the Rangers. The Rangers won the rematch 3-1 in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 25. Rod Brind’Amour is Carolina’s leading scorer against the Rangers this season, having tallied a goal and an assist. Brind’Amour and Glen Wesley have notched the only goals against the Rangers this season.
The Hurricanes won the regular season series against the Rangers last season 3-1-0. The Hurricanes defeated the Rangers in last season’s opener in Raleigh, 3-1. The team defeated the Rangers 8-2 on Oct. 12, 1985 and 2-0 on Oct. 7, 1995 in home openers. The Hurricanes also defeated the Rangers 3-2 on Nov. 2 in Raleigh and 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 10 at MSG. New York’s lone win against Carolina came on Nov. 29, 5-0. Sami Kapanen led the Hurricanes in goals (4) and points (5) against the Rangers last season. Arturs Irbe was 2-0 with a 1.50 goals against average and a .953 save percentage against New York in 2001-02. The Rangers lead the series with the Hurricanes 39-36-6 overall and 24-14-3 at MSG. Carolina leads the series at home 22-14-3.

RANGERS NOTES
The Rangers fell to the Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Sunday Dec. 29. Defenseman Tom Poti, with his team-leading 29 points, is tied for second in the league among defenseman in scoring through games of Dec. 29. Eric Lindros scored a goal and added an assist against the Lightning and has tallied a point (8g, 6a) in 12 of his last 17 outings.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 37 12 17 29
17 Brind'Amour 37 11 17 28
10 Francis 37 14 14 28
26 Cole 37 11 10 21
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 15 2.91 5-8-1 .891
80 Weekes 24 2.14 10-8-4 .928
RANGERS
GP G A TP
3 Poti 39 5 24 29
93 Nedved 40 12 14 26
88 Lindros 39 11 12 23
9 Bure 27 14 7 21
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 Dunham 7 3.02 2-4-1 .900
31 Blackburn 23 3.21 7-10-3 .889
35 Richter 13 2.94 5-6-1 .897
40 Holmqvist 1 3.08 0-1-0 .889

SCHEDULE

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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