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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 - 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