Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NEW YORK RANGERS
CAROLINA HURRICANES (16-16-6-3, 41 pts.)
NEW YORK RANGERS (15-21-6-1, 37 pts.)
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003, 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden
Hurricanes winger Jeff O’Neill has four goals in the last three games, including two power-play markers and the game-winner at Boston on Saturday. O’Neill leads the team with 16 goals and is tied with Rod Brind'Amour with 32 points. He ranked tied for third among all NHL players with six game-winning goals through Jan. 5.
Captain Ron Francis has 16 points (6g, 10a) in his last 19 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 23 games.
|Jan. 8||Wednesday||Madison Square Garden||11:30 a.m.|
|Jan. 10||Friday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
|Jan. 11||Saturday||RecZone||11:45 a.m.|
|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)
The Hurricanes complete their 10th set of back-to-back games at Madison Square Garden tonight after scoring a 3-3 tie in Atlanta last night. 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 9-9-1-0 in back-to-back games with a 5-4-1-0 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: 8-10-1-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 40-of-231 (17.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 192-of-225 (85.3%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Bret Hedican missed the game at Atlanta, Jan. 7, with concussion symptoms.
Defenseman David Tanabe missed the game at Atlanta, Jan. 7, with a shoulder injury.
CAROLINA / NEW YORK NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers meet tonight in the last of four matchups this season. The Rangers defeated Carolina 4-1 at RBC Center in the season opener on Oct. 9, 3-1 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 25 and on New Year's Eve at RBC Center 2-0. 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 Rangers are 9-12-3-0 in 24 games at MSG this season; Carolina has posted a 8-10-0-1 in 20 road contests. Bobby Holik (two goals, three assists) is on five-game point scoring streaks. Matthew Barnaby is currently on a career-high four-game assist streak (one goal, four assists over the span). Mike Dunham has posted a career recoerd of 2-2-0 vs. Carolina, along with a 1.77 goals against average.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS