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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ATLANTA

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (24-30-13-4, 65 pts., 4th Southeast Division)
at
ATLANTA THRASHERS (28-34-7-3, 66 pts., 3rd Southeast Division)
Monday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta, Ga.

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Television: Fox Sports Net (NC & SC)
Radio: WKIX 102.3 FM (Goldsboro); WKXU 101.1 FM (Raleigh); WDTF 570 AM (Raleigh); WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington); WSJS 600 AM (Winston-Salem); WNMX 106.1 FM (Charlotte)
Internet: www.nhl.com

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes continue their five-game road swing with theirfinal season stop at Atlanta's Philips Arena on Monday. Carolina hasearned at least one point in each of its last seven road games(2/23-3/13: 5-0-1-1), and is unbeaten in its last four road games(2/29-3/13: 3-0-1-0), including wins in the last three (3/5-3/13:3-0-0-0). The Hurricanes capped a two-game home stand with a 4-2 winagainst Atlanta on Friday, March 12.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

March 15 Monday Philips Arena 11:30 a.m.
March 16 Tuesday Johnny's Ice House 2:20 p.m.
March 17 Wednesday United Center 11:30 a.m.
March 18 Thursday Mellon Arena noon
March 19 Friday Mellon Arena 11:30 a.m.
March 20 Saturday Corel Centre 11:30 a.m.
March 21 Sunday RecZone TBD
March 22 Monday RBC Center 11 a.m.
March 23 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
March 24 Wednesday RBC Center 11 a.m.
March 25 Thursday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
March 26 Friday RecZone 11 a.m.
March 27 Saturday Nassau Coliseum 11:30 a.m.

CAROLINA NOTES
Hurricanes defenseman Sean Hill is having one of the best runs aCarolina player has had this season. The Duluth, Minn., native, whorecently celebrated his 34th birthday, has recorded 21 points in theteam's last 29 games (1/11-3/13: 7g, 14a), including 14 points in thelast 19 games (1/31-3/13: 6g, 8a) and five points (3/6-3/13: 2g, 3a) inthe last five games... Along with Hill, Hurricanes forward Josef Vasicekhas 18 points (5g, 12a) in the last 28 games. The 23-year-old notchedthe 100th point of his Hurricanes/NHL career when he netted his sixthpower-play goal of the season against Anaheim's Martin Gerber on Feb. 4.Winger Erik Cole has three goals and four assists (7 points) inCarolina's last six games (3/5-3/12).

MILESTONE WATCH
Center Rod Brind’Amour is one point shy of 900 NHL points.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-15-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 12-15-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 38-of-331 (11.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 259-of-315 (82.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Winger Pavel Brendl, fractured collarbone, 2/23 @ TOR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks, missed 10 games (2/25-3/13)
Winger Jeff O'Neill, right shoulder surgery, 3/12, missed four games (3/8-3/13)
Forward Marty Murray, fractured left hand, expected to miss four weekes, missed three games (3/10-3/13)
Defenseman Bruno St. Jacques, abdominal strain, day-to-day, missed one games (3/13)

CAROLINA / THRASHERS NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Thrashers will play the final game of theirsix-game season series on Monday at Philips Arena. The Hurricanes tookto the teams' most recent tilt, a 4-2 triumph at the RBC Center. JeffO'Neill notched his second career hat trick on Jan. 16 at Philips Arenato lead the Hurricanes past the Thrashers, 4-3. The Hurricanes defeatedthe Thrashers 5-1 at the RBC Center on Nov. 13, as Erik Cole (1g, 1a)and Ron Francis (1g, 1a) led the scoring. Kevyn Adams scored thegame-winning shorthanded goal with 0.4 seconds remaining in overtime onMarch 5 at Philips Arena to score Carolina its third win of the seasonagainst the Thrashers. Cole leads all Hurricanes in this season's fivegames against Atlanta with six points (2g, 4a). Rod Brind'Amour hasnotched five points (2g, 3a) in the teams' first five meetings thisseason. Ilya Kovalchuk leads all scorers in the series with eight points(3g, 5a).

Last season, Atlanta scored its first two regular-season victoriesagainst the Hurricanes after Carolina posted a 12-0-3-0 record againstthe Thrashers in Atlanta's first three seasons. Atlanta downed theHurricanes for the first time on Dec. 27 in Raleigh and again March 26in Atlanta. Carolina won two of the teams' five matches, including onein overtime on Dec. 20 at Philips Arena. Jeff O'Neill posted six points(3g, 3a) in the five-game regular-season series to lead Carolina andIlya Kovalchuk led Atlanta with nine points (6g, 3a). The Hurricanes are18-3-4-0 all-time against the Thrashers, including a 10-2-1-0 homerecord and an 8-1-3-0 road mark.

2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
26 Cole 70 16 21 37
11 Williams 69 11 26 37
63 Vasicek 71 16 20 36
92 O'Neill 67 14 20 34
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 4 1.97 2-1-1 .911
80 Weekes 59 2.23 22-25-10 .914
THRASHERS
GP G A TP
17 Kovalchuk 71 37 39 76
9 Savard 45 19 33 52
19 McEachern 72 16 35 51
13 Kozlov 66 20 28 48
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
31 Nurminen 58 2.77 24-26-6 .904
32 Lehtonen 0 0.00 0-0-0 .000
34 Dafoe 18 3.14 4-11-1 .898
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