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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at BOSTON

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (31-24-14-5, 81 pts.)

vs
BOSTON BRUINS (41-21-5-7, 94 pts.)
Saturday, March 30 at 1:00 p.m. at the FleetCenter in Boston

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes begin a two-game road stretch as they travel to Boston to take on the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins at FleetCenter. Carolina fell 3-2 to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday in Raleigh before bouncing back with a 4-1 win against Philadelphia on Thursday night. Carolina has lost just twice in its last 12 games (7-2-3) and currently sits in first place in the Southeast Division (81 points).

THE RACE FOR THE SOUTHEAST
The Hurricanes currently hold an eight-point lead over the second-place Washingon Capitals as Carolina attempts to capture its second division title in four years. The Hurricanes have eight games remaining and play five of their remaining eight games on the road:
Carolina (81 points, eight games remaining): 3/30 at BOS, 4/1 at OTT, 4/3 vs. NJD, 4/7 vs. ATL, 4/8 at NYI, 4/10 vs. TBL, 4/12 at FLA, 4/14 at ATL.
Washington (73 points, eight games remaining): 3/29 at NJD, 3/30 vs. NYI, 4/3 vs. TBL, 4/5 vs. OTT, 4/6 at NYI, 4/9 vs. CHI, 4/12 at BUF, 4/13 vs. NJD.

PRACTICE TIMES

March 30 Saturday FleetCenter 8 - 9 a.m.
March 31 Sunday ESA 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 1 Monday ESA 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 2 Tuesday Corel Center 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
April 3 Wednesday ESA 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
April 4 Thursday ESA 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 5 Friday ESA 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: NHL Center Ice
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); WDZL 98.3FM (Murfreesboro); WFAY 1230/1450AM (Fayetteville); WSML 1200-AM (Graham); WRMT 1490-AM (Rocky Mount); WGHB 1250-AM (Greenville); WEEB 990-AM (Southern Pines); WMFR 1230-AM (High Point); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WJNC 1240-AM (Jacksonville).
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES
Defenseman Sean Hill recorded a three-point night with a goal and two assists against Philadelphia on Thursday, his first three-point game since March 26, 2000 against the New York Islanders (0g, 3a). Hill, who was re-acquired by Carolina in a trade with the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 5, has 12 points (3g, 9a) in the last 12 games. Hill leads all Carolina defensemen with 30 points (7g, 23a). The Hurricanes are 19-12-10-2 since Hill re-joined the team.
With his next victory, goaltender Arturs Irbe will surpass Mike Liut (115) for first on the franchise’s all-time victory list. Irbe earned his 115th win with the franchise on March 28 against Philadelphia to match Liut’s total of 115. Irbe is second in franchise history in goals against average (2.43) and first in shutouts (19).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 14-12-10-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 17-12-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 55-of-349 (15.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 251-of-303 (82.8%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Forward Tommy Westlund missed the game vs. Philadelphia (3/28) with a back injury. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Feb. 9 retroactive to Jan. 18.
Forward Jeff Daniels missed the game vs. Philadelphia (3/28) with a concussion. He is day-to-day.
Forward Darren Langdon missed the game vs. Philadelphia (3/28) due to a shoulder injury. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / BOSTON NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins clash for the final of four regular season games. The Bruins lead the season series 2-1-0 after earning a 3-2 win at the Entertainment & Sports Arena on March 26. Carolina defeated Boston 6-2 on Feb. 28, as Ron Francis had a four-point night (1g, 3a) at the FleetCenter in Boston. The Bruins won the first matchup with the Hurricanes this season 6-3, spoiling a historic night at the Entertainment & Sports Arena as Francis scored his 500th career NHL goal. Carolina hasn’t lost a season series to the Bruins since the 1995-96 season. Since then, the Hurricanes are 15-10-2-0 against Boston. Carolina trails the all-time series 52-79-14-0, including a 31-34-7-0 mark at home and a 21-45-7-0 record in Boston.

BOSTON NOTES
The Bruins are currently the top team in the Eastern Conference and own the second-most points in the NHL with 94. Boston enters Saturday’s game on a six-game winning streak that began with a 2-1 win against Detroit on March 16. Bruins forward Bill Guerin is currently second in the league in goal scoring with 36.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
  GP G A TP
10 Francis 74 25 45 70
24 Kapanen 71 26 38 64
92 O'Neill 70 26 31 57
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 44 2.66 17-17-9 .898
80 Weekes 20 2.83 4-9-0 .914
 
BOSTON
  GP G A TP
14 Samsonov 66 28 36 64
27 Murray 74 34 28 62
19 Thornton 61 22 40 62
13 Guerin 70 36 24 60
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
34 Dafoe 58 2.22 33-23-2 .909
47 Grahame 17 2.83 8-5-2 .902

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