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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NEW YORK RANGERS

Wednesday, 01.8.2003 / 11:49 AM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NEW YORK RANGERS

CAROLINA HURRICANES (16-16-6-3, 41 pts.)
at
NEW YORK RANGERS (15-21-6-1, 37 pts.)
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003, 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to New York's Madison Square Garden to face the Rangers in the teams' final matchup of 2002-03. The game will wrap Carolina's 10th set of back-to-back games as the Hurricanes earned a 3-3 tie at Atlanta last night. Tonight is the second matchup between the Hurricanes and Rangers in the past nine days as the blueshirts downed Carolina 2-0 at RBC Center on New Year's Eve.
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.

PRACTICE TIMES

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 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.

RANGERS NOTES
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

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 41 16 17 33
17 Brind'Amour 41 13 20 33
10 Francis 41 14 15 29
26 Cole 41 12 11 23
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 18 2.80 6-10-2 .896
80 Weekes 25 2.30 10-9-4 .923
RANGERS
GP G A TP
3 Poti 42 5 26 31
93 Nedved 41 12 14 26
88 Lindros 42 12 14 26
9 Bure 27 14 7 21
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 Dunham 10 2.78 3-5-2 .910
31 Blackburn 23 3.21 7-10-3 .889

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81