Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. COLORADO
CAROLINA HURRICANES (16-18-6-3, 41 pts.)
COLORADO AVALANCHE (16-13-9-5, 46 pts.)
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, 5 p.m. at RBC Center
Hurricanes winger Jeff O’Neill has five goals in the last five games, including two power-play markers – one the game-winner – at Boston on Jan. 4. His four-game goals streak (Jan. 3-8: 5g, 0a) is the longest this season by any Carolina player. O’Neill leads the team with 17 goals and trails Rod Brind'Amour (35) for the team lead with 34 points. He ranked tied for fourth among all NHL players with six game-winning goals through games of Jan. 10.
Captain Ron Francis has 18 points (7g, 11a) in his last 21 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 24 games.
|Jan. 13||Monday||RBC Center||11 a.m.|
|Jan. 14||Tuesday||RBC Center||11 a.m.|
|Jan. 15||Wednesday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
|Jan. 16||Thursday||RecZone||11 a.m.|
|Jan. 17||Friday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
|Jan. 18||Saturday||Continental Airlines 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)
The Hurricanes are 42-of-245 (17.1%) on the power-play this season and ranked ninth in the league through games of Jan 10. Rod Brind’Amour (7g, 13a) and Jeff O’Neill (9g, 9a) are Carolina’s leading scorers on the power play this season. The Hurricanes have allowed two short-handed goals this season, Nov. 21 at Boston and Dec. 20 at Atlanta.
Carolina’s penalty kill has been successful in 196-of-231 (84.8%) shorthanded situations this season and ranked 11th in the NHL through games of Jan. 10. The Hurricanes had been shorthanded 231 times this season through Jan. 10. Through games of Jan. 10 no team had faced more power-play situations this season. The Hurricanes have scored four shorthanded goals this season. Bates Battaglia scored his second career shorthanded goal at Calgary on Dec. 12. Erik Cole scored his first career shorthanded goal on Nov. 19 against Ottawa. Cole added a second shorthanded goal at Montreal on Nov. 23. Rod Brind’Amour scored a short-handed goal on Oct. 19 against New Jersey.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-7-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-11-1-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 42-of-245 (17.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 196-of-231 (84.8%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Bret Hedican missed the game vs. Washington, Jan. 8, with concussion symptoms.
Defenseman David Tanabe missed the game vs. Washington, Jan. 8, with a shoulder injury.
CAROLINA / COLORADO NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Colorado Avalanche meet for the only time this season at RBC Center on Sunday at 5 p.m. The Avalanche took the teams’ lone meeting last season, 5-1 at Pepsi Center in Denver on Oct. 23, 2001. Joe Sakic leads all Colorado scorers with 73 career points (26g, 47a) in 58 games against Carolina. Ron Francis has notched 111 points against the Avalanche franchise in 104 games to lead all Hurricanes. Jeff O’Neill scored Carolina’s lone goal in the teams’ meeting last season. The Hurricanes hold a 41-63-21-0 all-time record against Colorado including a 24-25-12-0 home mark.
Milan Hejduk has points in 16 of last 17 (12g/15a) games including a career-best and NHL-high 13-consecutive from 12/6-1/2/02 (8g/11a)...longest point streak on the club since Sakic (14 games Feb.-March, 2000)...matches NHLs longest point streak of the season (Hossa)...the franchise record for consecutive games with points: Mats Sundin - 30 games (10/8-12/10/92)
- Peter Forsberg...has 24 points (7g/17a) in his last 19 games...fifth career hat trick 12/29 vs. LAK...career-high matching six-points 1/1 at NSH (1g/5a), highest assist tally in the NHL this season and tied with Gaborik (MIN) for points in a game this season ...has 18 points in his last 10 games (6g/12a)...five goals in last seven games.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS