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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at TAMPA BAY

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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 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