Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at TAMPA BAY
CAROLINA HURRICANES (17-23-6-5, 45 pts.)*
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (21-19-7-4, 53 pts.)
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, 7:00 p.m. at St. Pete Times Forum
|Jan. 30||Thursday||St. Pete Times Forum||11:30 a.m.|
|Jan. 31||Friday||RBC Center||11 a.m.|
|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)
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.
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
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