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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at TAMPA BAY

Tuesday, 02.4.2003 / 9:08 PM ET / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at TAMPA BAY

CAROLINA HURRICANES (17-23-6-5, 45 pts.)*
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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (21-19-7-4, 53 pts.)
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, 7:00 p.m. at St. Pete Times Forum



GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to St. Pete Times Forum to face Tampa Bay at 7 p.m in the second game of a back-to-back set. Thursday’s game marks the Hurricanes’ 53rd game of 2002-03 and final game before the NHL All-Star break begins. Hurricanes right wing Jeff O’Neill will play in his first NHL All-Star game on Sunday at Office Depot Center in Sunrise, Fla. as a member of the Eastern Conference squad and left wing Erik Cole will represent Carolina in Saturday’s Topps/NHL YoungStars game.

PRACTICE TIMES

Jan. 30 Thursday St. Pete Times Forum 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 31 Friday RBC Center 11 a.m.
Feb. 2 Sunday RecZone TBA
Feb. 3 Monday Logitech Ice 1:45-3:15 p.m.
Feb. 4 Tuesday Logitech Ice 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Feb. 5 Wednesday HP Pavillion 11:30 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: ESPN2 (U.S.); TSN (Canada)
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
Hurricanes winger Jeff O’Neill has seven goals in the last 13 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 19 goals and 39 points. He ranked tied for sixth among all NHL players with six game-winning goals through games of Jan. 26. Second-year forward Erik Cole has 20 points (12g, 8a) in the last 32 games and was named to the Topps/NHL YoungStars game on Jan. 18. Josef Vasicek has three goals and an assist in the last three games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 9-10-5-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-13-1-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 45-of-282 (16.0%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 223-of-267 (83.5%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Glen Wesley is day-to-day and has missed one game due to a groin injury.
Center Rod Brind’Amour was placed on injured reserve Jan. 21 and has missed three games after hand surgery on Jan. 22.

CAROLINA / TAMPA BAY NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet tonight for the fourth of five games this season. The Lightning and Hurricanes will meet once more Raleigh during the 2002-03 season. The Lightning won the teams’ first matchup this season 5-1 at the St. Pete Times Forum on Oct. 12. Tampa Bay won the rematch in Raleigh, 2-1 in overtime on Nov. 17 before the teams skated to a 1-1 tie on Dec. 18 at RBC Center.
The Hurricanes won the regular season series last season against the Lightning with a 3-2-0 record. Carolina was 1-1-0 at home against Tampa Bay, falling to the Lightning 4-0 on Nov. 25, 2001 and defeating Tampa Bay 4-2 on April 10, 2002 to clinch the Southeast Division title. The Hurricanes were 2-1-0 in Tampa, earning wins on Dec. 27 (3-2) and Jan. 30 (3-1) and falling 2-0 on Nov. 17. Carolina is 23-14-6-0 all-time against the Lightning, with a 15-3-4-0 record at home and an 8-11-3-0 record in Tampa.

LIGHTNING NOTES
Within a span of five days Tampa Bay has defeated the teams with the most points in both conferences ... The Lightning beat the Ottawa Senators 6-2 at the St. Pete Times Forum on Monday night (1/20) and the Dallas Stars 4-1 in Dallas on Friday night (1/24) ... As of games on 1/24, Ottawa led the NHL with 69 points, while Dallas led the Western Conference with 66 points (second most in NHL) ... Further, as of games played on 1/24, Ottawa's 33 road points were tied for the most in the NHL, as were Dallas's 36 home points.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 51 19 20 39
17 Brind'Amour 48 14 23 37
10 Francis 51 18 17 35
26 Cole 51 14 12 26
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 24 2.93 7-15-2 .888
80 Weekes 31 2.38 10-13-4 .920
LIGHTNING
GP G A TP
26 St. Louis 51 24 25 49
20 Prospal 49 11 37 48
4 Lecavalier 49 21 26 47
19 Richards 49 10 34 44
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Khabibulin 44 2.78 18-19-6 .903
47 Grahame 5 1.45 3-1-0 .944

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
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81