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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NEW YORK ISLANDERS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (2-3-0-1, 5 pts.)
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NEW YORK ISLANDERS (2-2-1-0, 5 pts.)


Tuesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Nassau Coliseum

GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes travel to New York to take on the Islanders for the first time this season at Nassau Coliseum. The Hurricanes defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Saturday night at RBC Center to snap a three-game winless streak (0-2-0-1). Jeff O’Neill extended his assist and point streaks to five games (1g, 5a) with a third-period goal and an assist on a power-play goal by Ron Francis. Francis is now just one goal shy of tying Dale Hawerchuk for 24th all-time in goals. Hurricanes netminder Kevin Weekes made his third consecutive start Saturday and earned his second win of the season for Carolina. Weekes has stopped 78 of 83 shots for a save percentage of .940 in the last three games.

PRACTICE TIMES

Oct. 22 Tuesday Nassau Coliseum 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 23 Wednesday Corel Centre 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 24 Thursday RBC Center TBA
Oct. 25 Friday RecZone 11:00 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net
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
Hurricanes forward Jeff O’Neill is currently one assist shy of tying Geoff Sanderson for eighth on the Hurricanes’ all-time assists list, one point shy of tying Sylvain Turgeon for ninth on the Hurricanes’ all-time points list and two goals shy of tying Ray Ferraro for seventh on the Hurricanes’ all-times goals scored list.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 2-2-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 0-1-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 5-of-45 (11.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 34-of-40 (85.0%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Josef Vasicek left the game against New Jersey (10/19) due to back spasms. He is day-to-day..
Tommy Westlund missed the game against New Jersey (10/19) due to a back injury. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / NEW YORK ISLANDERS NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Islanders meet for the first of four matchups this season. The Islanders won last season’s series 3-1-0, including two overtime wins against the Hurricanes. Carolina’s lone win against the Islanders came on April 8 at Nassau Coliseum, 2-1. All three of the Islanders wins against Carolina came in October, as New York defeated Carolina 4-0 in Raleigh on Oct. 17, and topped the Hurricanes in overtime 3-2 on Oct. 26 in Raleigh and 2-1 on Oct. 18 at Nassau Coliseum. Rod Brind’Amour and Josef Vasicek each had a pair of goals in the season series. The Hurricanes lead the all-time regular season series with the Islanders with a record of 37-33-9-2. Carolina is 20-15-5-1 all-time at home against New York and 17-18-4-1 on the road.

ISLANDERS NOTES
The New York Islanders defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 5-4 on Saturday in Atlanta to even their record at 2-2-1. Jason Weimer scored a short-handed goal in the third period for the game-winner. New York had started the season 0-2. Forward Michael Peca, who has missed the beginning of the season with a knee injury suffered against Toronto in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, is hoping to return to action on Dec. 6 when the Islanders take on the Maple Leafs.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 6 1 5 6
17 Brind'Amour 6 4 1 5
10 Francis 6 3 2 5
62 Svoboda 6 1 3 4
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 2 5.25 0-2-0 .806
80 Weekes 5 2.13 2-2-0 .922
ISLANDERS
GP G A TP
17 Bates 5 1 4 5
38 Scatchard 5 3 1 4
37 Parrish 5 3 1 4
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 Snow 2 2.12 0-0-1 .929
35 Osgood 4 3.80 2-2-0 .800
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