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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NEW JERSEY

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (3-4-1-1, 8 pts.)
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NEW JERSEY DEVILS (6-1-0-0, 12 pts.)
Tuesday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Continental Airlines Arena


GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to New Jersey to face-off against the Devils at Continental Airlines Arena for the first time since the Hurricanes eliminated the Devils there in Game 6 of the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 1-0. Carolina earned a 3-3 tie with Chicago Saturday night at RBC Center. Jeff O’Neill extended his point streak to a career-high eight games (2g, 7a) with a power-play goal against the Blackhawks. His career-high seven game assist streak came to a close. Through games of Oct. 26, O’Neill had the longest point streak in the NHL this season.
With a goal at Ottawa on Oct. 23, Hurricanes captain Ron Francis tied Dale Hawerchuk for 24th on the NHL’s all-time goals scored list. Francis has scored four goals through eight games this season. Last season, he did not record his fourth goal until Nov. 30, the 29th game of the season.

PRACTICE TIMES

Oct. 29 Tuesday Continental Airlines Arena 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 30 Wednesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 31 Thursday RBC Center TBA
Nov. 1 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net (N.C. & S.C.)
Radio: WKIX 102.3 FM (Goldsboro); WKXU 101-1 FM (Burlington); 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)
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES
Rod Brind’Amour tallied goals in six of the Hurricanes first nine games this season and is second on the team in scoring with eight points (6g, 2a). Kevyn Adams won 17 of 20 faceoffs against Chicago and currently ranks second in the league in faceoff percentage (65.1). Brind’Amour, who was second in the league in faceoff percentage in 2001-02 (59.2%), is currently sixth in the league in faceoff percentage (61.8%) through Oct. 24.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 2-2-1-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 1-2-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 10-of-63 (15.9%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 55-of-63 (87.3%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Josef Vasicek missed the game vs. Chicago (10/26) due to a back injury and is listed as day-to-day.
Tommy Westlund missed the game vs. Chicago (10/26) due to a back injury. He is currently on the Injured Reserve list and is out indefinitely.
David Tanabe missed the game vs. Chicago (10/26) due to a strained oblique and is listed as day-to-day.

CAROLINA / NEW JERSEY NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Devils meet for the second of four games this season. The Hurricanes defeated New Jersey 3-1 on Oct. 19 behind a 26-save performance by netminder Kevin Weekes. Rod Brind’Amour, Jeff O’Neill and Ron Francis scored the goals for Carolina.
The two teams have met in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals each of the last two years, with the Devils defeating the Hurricanes four games to two in 2001 en route to the Eastern Conference championship and the Hurricanes defeating the Devils four games to two on their way to the Eastern Conference title. Bates Battaglia (1g, 2a), Ron Francis (1g, 2a) and Jaroslav Svoboda (0g, 3a) were the leading scorers for Carolina in the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Devils, and goaltender Kevin Weekes was 2-0 with a 1.17 goals against average and a .964 save percentage in the series. Patrik Elias (2g, 4a) led all scorers in the series.
The Devils won the 2002-02 regular season series 2-1-1. New Jersey defeated Carolina in both games in Raleigh, topping Carolina 2-1 on Jan. 5 and 3-2 on April 3. Carolina overcame a two-goal third period deficit to earn a 3-3 tie at New Jersey on Jan. 21. The Hurricanes defeated the Devils Jersey 4-2 at the Continential Airlines Arena on March 23. The Hurricanes are 31-37-12-1 all-time against the Devils in the regular season, including a 17-15-8-0 record at home and a 15-21-4-1 mark on the road.

DEVILS NOTES
The Devils have won three straight since falling to Carolina, 3-1 on Oct. 19. New Jersey has outscored opponents, 9-3 during that stretch. Through games of Oct. 27, netminder Martin Brodeur is third in the league in goals against average (1.57) and first in wins (6). New Jersey ranks seventh in the league in shorthanded situations. The Devils have killed 32-of-35 (86.5%) penalties this season. Joe Nieuwendyk is currently seventh in the league in faceoff percentage (60.2%).

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 9 2 7 9
17 Brind'Amour 9 6 2 8
10 Francis 9 4 2 6
62 Svoboda 9 1 4 5
6 Hedican 9 0 5 5
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 3 4.35 0-3-0 .833
80 Weekes 7 2.06 3-2-1 .933
DEVILS
GP G A TP
11 Madden 7 4 2 6
23 Gomez 7 1 5 6
18 Brylin 7 3 1 4
26 Elias 7 3 1 4
10 Tverdovsky 7 0 4 4
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 Brodeur 7 1.57 6-1-0 .935
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