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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. NEW JERSEY

Thursday, 01.16.2003 / 3:58 PM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. NEW JERSEY

CAROLINA HURRICANES (16-19-6-4, 42 pts.)
vs.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (25-12-3-3, 56 pts.)
Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, 7 p.m. at RBC Center
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, 7:30 p.m. at Continental Airlines Arena



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes wrap up their four-game home stand against Eastern Conference foe New Jersey in the first game of a back-to-back, home-and-home set between the teams. Carolina will play three of its next five games at RBC Center.
Captain Ron Francis will move into a tie with Larry Murphy for third on the NHL’s all-time games-played list (1,615) with his next game played (likely Jan. 17 against New Jersey). Franics passed Raymond Bourque and moved into sole possession of fourth place on the list on Jan. 12 against Colorado. He has 18 points (7g, 11a) in his last 23 games and ranks second among Hurricanes scorers with 15 goals and third on the team with 16 assists and 31 points.

PRACTICE TIMES

Jan. 17 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 18 Saturday Continental Airlines Arena 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 19 Sunday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Jan. 20 Monday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 21 Tuesday RecZone 11 a.m.
Jan. 22 Wednesday MCI Center 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 23 Thursday RBC Center 11 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net (NC & SC on 17th, NC only on 18th)
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
On Jan. 12 against Colorado, captain Ron Francis moved passed Raymond Bourque and into sole possession of fourth place on the NHL’s all-time games-played list. With his next game played (likely Jan. 17 against New Jersey), Francis will move into a tie with Larry Murphy (1,615) for third… Hurricanes winger Jeff O’Neill has six goals in the last seven games. His four-game goals streak (Jan. 3-8: 5g, 0a) was the longest this season by any Carolina player. O’Neill leads the team with 18 goals and trails only Rod Brind'Amour (36) for the team lead with 35 points… Second-year forward Erik Cole has 17 points (10g, 7a) in the last 26 games and Rod Brind’Amour has eight points (2g, 6a) in the last seven games. Brind’Amour had a four-game points and assists streak (Jan. 7-12: 1g, 4a) snapped against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-8-5-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-11-1-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 42-of-252 (16.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 203-of-240 (84.6%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman David Tanabe missed the game vs. Pittsburgh, Jan. 15, with a shoulder injury.

CAROLINA / NEW JERSEY NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Devils meet this weekend for the final two games of their four 2002-03 regular-season contests. The Hurricanes defeated New Jersey 3-1 on Oct. 19 behind a 26-save performance by netminder Kevin Weekes and again in the teams’ second meeting on Oct. 29 when Weekes made 34 saves and earned first-star honors in a 3-1 road win.
The teams have met in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals each of the last two years, with the Devils defeating the Hurricanes four games to two in 2001 en route to the Eastern Conference championship and the Hurricanes defeating the Devils four games to two on their way to the Eastern Conference title. Bates Battaglia (1g, 2a), Ron Francis (1g, 2a) and Jaroslav Svoboda (0g, 3a) were the leading scorers for Carolina in the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Devils, and goaltender Kevin Weekes was 2-0 with a 1.17 goals against average and a .964 save percentage in the series. Patrik Elias (2g, 4a) led all scorers in the series.
The Devils won the 2001-02 regular season series 2-1-1. New Jersey defeated Carolina in both games in Raleigh, topping Carolina 2-1 on Jan. 5 and 3-2 on April 3. Carolina overcame a two-goal third period deficit to earn a 3-3 tie at New Jersey on Jan. 21. The Hurricanes defeated the Devils 4-2 at the Continential Airlines Arena on March 23. The Hurricanes are 32-37-12-1 all-time against the Devils in the regular season, including a 17-15-8-0 record at home and a 16-21-4-1 mark on the road.

DEVILS NOTES
On Monday vs. Florida, Devils right wing Michael Rupp made his NHL debut on his birthday, and became the 11th player in the club's history to record a goal in his first NHL contest, and the first since defenseman Josef Boumedienne on Oct. 6, 2001… Devils' center Joe Nieuwendyk enters Friday’s game with 499 career goals: 314 with Calgary, 178 with Dallas, and seven with New Jersey. He is looking to become the 32nd player in NHL history to reach the 500-goal mark.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
17 Brind'Amour 45 13 23 36
92 O'Neill 45 18 17 35
10 Francis 45 15 16 31
26 Cole 45 12 11 23
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 20 2.98 6-12-2 .891
80 Weekes 28 2.28 10-11-4 .924
DEVILS
GP G A TP
11 Langenbrunner 39 12 16 28
26 Elias 43 12 16 28
23 Gomez 42 6 20 26
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Schwab 4 1.26 2-2-0 .940
30 Brodeur 39 1.95 23-13-3 .915

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45