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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at BUFFALO

Friday, 01.3.2003 / 11:47 AM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at BUFFALO

CAROLINA HURRICANES (15-15-5-3, 38 pts.)
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BUFFALO SABRES (8-22-5-2, 23 pts.)
Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, 7 p.m. at HSBC Arena



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to Buffalo’s HSBC Arena to face the Sabres in the first game of their ninth back-to-back set and the first of four consecutive road games. The Hurricanes face Boston Saturday at 7 p.m. at FleetCenter to conclude the back-to-back set. The Hurricanes completed their eighth of 19 back-to-back sets last weekend at Nassau Coliseum and suffered a 3-0 loss to the NY Islanders. Carolina plays it 10th back-to-back set in the final two games of its four game road swing beginning Jan. 7 in Atlanta and concluding at Madison Square Garden against the NY Rangers on Jan. 8.
Carolina coach Paul Maurice coached his 600th career NHL/Hurricanes game against the Rangers on Tuesday. Captain Ron Francis has 15 points (6g, 9a) in his last 16 games. Francis had a six-game point streak broken against the Islanders last Saturday night. With his assist against the Dallas Stars on Dec. 22, Francis became the second player in NHL history to tally 1,200 career assists. Second-year forward Erik Cole has 15 points (9g, 6a) in the last 20 games.

PRACTICE TIMES

Jan. 3 Friday HSBC Arena 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 Saturday FleetCenter 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 5 Sunday RecZone 11:45 a.m.
Jan. 6 Monday RecZone 11 a.m.
Jan. 6 Tuesday Phillips Arena 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
The Hurricanes completed their eighth of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season when they lost to the New York Islanders on Dec. 28. Carolina is 8-8-0-0 in back-to-back games with a 5-3-0-0 record in the front half and a 3-5-0-0 record in the back half of back-to-back sets. The Hurricanes were 15-16-3 in back-to-back games in 2000-01, with a record of 8-6-3 in the first games and 7-10-0 in the second games. During the 1999-2000 season, Carolina was 14-18-3 in back-to-back games, with an 8-8-2 record in the first games and 6-10-1 record in the second games. During the 1998-99 season, the team played 17 sets of back-to-back games, posting a 7-7-3 record in the first games and a 6-6-5 mark in the second games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-6-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 7-9-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 37-of-219 (16.9%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 174-of-205 (84.9%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman David Tanabe left the Dec. 31 game vs. NY Rangers with a shoulder injury.

CAROLINA / BUFFALO NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres meet tonight in the second of four regular-season matchups. Kevin Weekes made 26 saves to shut out the Sabres in the teams’ first meeting on Nov. 7 at RBC Center. Goals by Jeff O’Neill and Craig Adams lifted the Hurricanes to a 2-0 win. Captain Ron Francis leads all Hurricanes scorers against Buffalo with 108 points in 118 career games against the Sabres. Carolina went 1-1-1-1 (4 points) in four games against Buffalo last season and scored a win and an overtime loss at HSBC Arena in 2001-02. The Hurricanes own a 54-75-18-1 all-time record against the Sabres including a 23-42-7-1 road mark.

SABRES NOTES
The Sabres carry a league-worst 8-22-5-2 (23 points) record into Friday’s game against Carolina. Buffalo suffered an overtime loss on New Year’s Eve after battling the NY Islanders to a 0-0 draw in the game’s first 60 minutes. Rookie netminder Ryan Miller made 25 saves but allowed Jason Blake to score on a backhander 1:36 into the extra session. The Sabres are now 0-2-5 in overtime contests this season. Right wing Miroslav Satan leads Buffalo with 30 points (13g, 17a).

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 38 12 17 29
17 Brind'Amour 38 11 17 28
10 Francis 38 14 14 28
26 Cole 38 11 10 21
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 16 2.86 5-9-1 .892
80 Weekes 24 2.14 10-8-4 .928
SABRES
GP G A TP
81 Satan 34 13 17 30
77 Gratton 37 9 20 29
21 Barnes 37 7 10 17
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
43 Biron 30 2.56 7-16-4 .900
30 Miller 3 2.95 1-2-0 .875

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
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81