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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. ST. LOUIS

Monday, 01.20.2003 / 11:10 AM / 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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 61 12 28 -16 40
E. Staal 56 18 19 -10 37
E. Lindholm 60 11 16 -16 27
J. Skinner 56 16 10 -16 26
R. Nash 58 7 15 -9 22
N. Gerbe 57 7 15 -11 22
V. Rask 59 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 61 6 12 3 18
J. Staal 25 4 12 -2 16
A. Nestrasil 33 4 10 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 19 4 .913 2.37
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60