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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ATLANTA

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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ATLANTA

CAROLINA HURRICANES (16-16-5-3, 40 pts.)
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ATLANTA THRASHERS (10-24-1-4, 25 pts.)
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, 7:30 p.m. at Philips Arena



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to Atlanta’s Philips Arena to face the Thrashers in the first game of their 10th back-to-back set and the third of four consecutive road games. The Hurricanes snapped a four-game skid with a 4-2 win at Boston’s FleetCenter on Saturday as they wrapped their ninth back-to-back set this season and improved to 8-10-0-1 away from RBC Center.
Hurricanes winger Jeff O’Neill has three goals in the last two games, including two power-play markers and the game-winner at Boston on Saturday. O’Neill leads the team with 15 goals and 32 points this season. He currently ranks tied for third among all NHL players with six game-winning goals this season.
Captain Ron Francis has 16 points (6g, 10a) in his last 18 games. Francis had a six-game point streak broken against the NY Islanders on Dec. 28. 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 17 points (10g, 7a) in the last 22 games.

PRACTICE TIMES

Jan. 7 Tuesday Phillips Arena 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 8 Wednesday Madison Square Garden 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 9 Thursday RecZone noon
Jan. 10 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 11 Saturday RecZone 11:45 a.m.
Jan. 12 Sunday TBA TBA
Jan. 13 Monday RBC Center 11 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 begin their 10th set of back-to-back games at Atlanta’s Philips Arena tonight. Carolina completed its ninth of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season by downing Boston 4-2 at FleetCenter on Saturday. Carolina is 9-9-0-0 in back-to-back games with a 5-4-0-0 record in the front half and a 4-5-0-0 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: 8-10-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 40-of-229 (17.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 185-of-217 (85.3%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Bret Hedican missed the game at Boston, Jan. 4, with concussion symptoms.
Defenseman David Tanabe missed the game at Boston, Jan. 4, with a shoulder injury.

CAROLINA / ATLANTA NOTES
Carolina and Atlanta meet tonight for the fourth of five matchups this season and the second of three games at Philips Arena. The fourth-year Thrashers won their first game against Carolina 5-3 at RBC Center on Dec. 27. The Hurricanes won the teams’ first regular-season matchup in Raleigh 5-3 on Oct. 11 as Rod Brind’Amour, Erik Cole, and Josef Vasicek each notched a goal and an assist. Carolina defeated the Thrashers 3-2 in overtime on Dec. 20 on Aaron Ward’s OT game-winner. The teams will wrap the season series on March 26 in Atlanta.

THRASHERS NOTES
Marc Savard scored his first goal with Atlanta on the power play in Friday night's 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh … Savard has notched eight points (one goal, seven assists), and has picked up at least one point in seven out of 16 games since being acquired by Atlanta from Calgary on Nov. 15 … He's taken at least one shot in 15 out of 16 games, and has 38 in that span.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 40 15 17 32
17 Brind'Amour 40 12 19 31
10 Francis 40 14 15 29
26 Cole 40 12 11 23
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 17 2.81 6-10-1 .896
80 Weekes 25 2.30 10-9-4 .923
THRASHERS
GP G A TP
15 Heatley 34 10 24 34
17 Kovalchuk 38 21 12 33
13 Kozlov 37 6 18 24
19 McEachern 39 10 13 23
27 Stefan 39 10 13 23
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
34 Dafoe 10 4.29 2-8-0 .856
31 Nurminen 22 3.09 7-11-1 .893
33 Hnilicka 13 4.11 1-9-0 .883

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