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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. ST. LOUIS

Monday, 01.20.2003 / 11:10 AM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. ST. LOUIS

CAROLINA HURRICANES (16-21-6-4, 42 pts.)
vs.
ST. LOUIS BLUES (25-13-5-4, 59 pts.)
Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, 7 p.m. at RBC Center



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes return to RBC Center to face St. Louis at 7 p.m. The Hurricanes have gone 6-3-1-2 against Western Conference teams this season earning 15 of a possible 24 points.

PRACTICE TIMES

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.
Jan. 24 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 25 Saturday Office Depot Center 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 26 Sunday RecZone 11:45 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox-DT
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
Captain Ron Francis moved past Larry Murphy and into sole possession of third place on the NHL’s all-time games-played list (1,616) on Saturday at New Jersey. Franics passed Raymond Bourque for fourth place on the list on Jan. 12 against Colorado. Francis has 18 points (7g, 11a) in his last 25 games and ranks second among Hurricanes scorers with 15 goals and third on the team with 16 assists and 31 points.
Hurricanes winger Jeff O’Neill has six goals in the last nine games and was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team on Jan. 16. 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. He ranked sixth among all NHL players with six game-winning goals through games of Jan. 18. Second-year forward Erik Cole has 18 points (11g, 7a) in the last 28 games and was named to the Topps/NHL YoungStars game on Jan. 18. Rod Brind’Amour has eight points (2g, 6a) in the last nine games, including a four-game points and assists streak (Jan. 7-12: 1g, 4a) that was snapped against Pittsburgh on Jan. 15.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-9-5-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-12-1-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 42-of-262 (16.0%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 213-of-253 (84.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report.

CAROLINA / ST. LOUIS NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the St. Louis Blues meet tonight for the second of two games this season. St. Louis took the teams’ first meeting on Oct. 15 at Savvis Center 2-1 on Tom Koivisto’s overtime game-winner. The Blues won last year’s season series 1-0-0, defeating the Hurricanes 4-3 on Nov. 1 at the Savvis Center. Blues defenseman Chris Pronger had three assists in the game and forward Keith Tkachuk tallied a pair of goals for St. Louis. Jeff O’Neill was Carolina’s leading scorer with two goals. The Blues lead the all-time regular season series between the two teams 34-20-5, including a 19-9-3 mark in St. Louis and a 15-11-2 record on the road against the Hurricanes franchise.

BLUES NOTES
Thirteen of the Blues 25 wins this season have come against teams that made the playoffs last season. St. Louis is 13-7-3-3 against opponents who were in postseason play last year… St. Louis ranks third in the NHL on the power play, registering 51 goals in 243 attempts (21.2%) this season. In 22 games at home the Blues have scored 26 goals in 123 times with the man advantage (21.5%), ranking third in the NHL. On the road the the Blues have scored 25 power play goals in 120 attempts (20.8%), ranking fifth in the League. The Blues have posted a 18-7-4-1 when recording a power play goal.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
17 Brind'Amour 47 13 23 36
92 O'Neill 47 18 17 35
10 Francis 47 15 16 31
26 Cole 47 13 11 24
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 20 2.98 6-12-2 .891
80 Weekes 30 2.33 10-13-4 .922
BLUES
GP G A TP
39 Weight 47 11 35 46
38 Demitra 43 16 28 44
61 Stillman 44 17 24 41
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Johnson 17 2.05 9-6-2 .921
40 Brathwaite 24 2.45 11-7-3 .897

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 69 21 28 -11 49
J. Faulk 74 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 73 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 69 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 72 11 20 -11 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 70 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 74 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 46 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 38 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62