Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at SAN JOSE
CAROLINA HURRICANES (17-25-6-5, 45 pts.)
SAN JOSE SHARKS (19-21-6-5, 49 pts.)
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, 10:00 p.m. at HP Pavilion
|Feb. 5||Wednesday||HP Pavillion||11:30 a.m.|
|Feb. 6||Thursday||HealthSouth (L.A.)||1 p.m.|
|Feb. 7||Friday||Staples Center||11:30 a.m.|
|Feb. 8||Saturday||HealthSouth (L.A.)||2 p.m.|
|Feb. 10||Monday||American Airlines Center||11 a.m.|
|Feb. 11||Tuesday||American Airlines Center||11:30 a.m.|
ON THE AIR
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)
With his shorthanded goal against Toronto on Jan. 29, captain Ron Francis moved into a tie with Frank Mahovlich for 21st on the NHL's all-time goals-scored list (533).
Hurricanes winger Jeff O’Neill has seven goals in the last 15 games. 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 40 points. He ranked tied for sixth among all NHL players with six game-winning goals through games of Jan. 30. Josef Vasicek has three goals and two assists in the last five games.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 9-11-5-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-14-1-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 45-of-289 (15.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 231-of-278(83.1%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Left wing Erik Cole was placed on injured reserve after suffering a broken bone in his left leg, Jan. 30.
Defenseman David Tanabe is day-to-day and has missed one game with a shoulder injury.
Defenseman Glen Wesley is day-to-day and has missed three game due to a groin injury.
Center Rod Brind’Amour was placed on injured reserve Jan. 21 and has missed five games after hand surgery on Jan. 22.
CAROLINA / SAN JOSE NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and San Jose Sharks meet for the only time this season tonight at HP Pavilion. Last season the teams split a two-game series with each team winning at home. Carolina downed the Sharks 3-2 on Nov. 9, 2001 and San Jose returned the favor on Feb. 10, 2002, scoring a 4-0 win. The Hurricanes hold a 9-11-0-0 all-time record against the Sharks including a 5-5-0-0 home record and a 4-6-0-0 road mark. In 20 all-time meetings, the Sharks and the Hurricanes have never played an overtime game.
Center Patrick Marleau played in his 400th career game on Oct. 19 vs. Colorado, becoming the youngest current NHL player and the youngest player to reach the 400-game plateau since Bob Carpenter played in his 400th game on April 6, 1986 (22 years, 268 days old)… Marleau has four goals in the last four games vs. the Hurricanes…Former Shark goaltender Arturs Irbe has started 5 of the last 7 games against the Sharks…
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS