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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61