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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at PHILADELPHIA

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (1-2-3-0, 5 pts.)
at
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (2-1-2-1, 7 pts.)
Saturday, October 25, 2003, 7 p.m. at the Wachovia Center



GAME NIGHT

The Carolina Hurricanes wrap up a four-game road swing Saturday againstthe Philadelphia Flyers at Wachovia Center. Carolina is unbeaten in itslast three games, and notched its first win of 2003-04 on Thursday atFleetCenter, downing the Bruins 2-0 behind goals by Eric Staal and JeffO'Neill, and an 18-save shutout performance by goaltender Kevin Weekes.

ON THE AIR
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

CAROLINA NOTES
On Oct. 23 at Boston, Hurricanes netminder Kevin Weekes posted his firstshutout of 2003-04, sixth with Carolina and 14th of his NHL career.Through games of Oct. 23, Weekes' 1.45 goals-against average rankedsecond in the NHL among goalies with six or more games played. Throughsix games this season, Weekes has allowed just nine goals on 136 shots,good for a .934 save percentage.

MILESTONE WATCH
Hurricanes winger Jeff O'Neill will earn his 200th NHLassist with his next helper.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 0-1-1-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 1-1-2-0
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 1-of-25 (4.0%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 23-of-27 (85.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Aaron Ward – infection, day-to-day, missed 2 games.
Defenseman Bob Boughner – fractured left hand, Oct. 3 at WSH (ps), injured reserve, missed 6 games.

CAROLINA / PHILADELPHIA NOTES
The Hurricanes and the Flyers meet for the first of four match upsduring the 2003-04 season. Following Saturday's game, the teams willplay once more at Wachovia Center, on Nov. 28, and twice at Carolina'sRBC Center, Nov. 18 and March 23.

Last season, the Hurricanes and the Flyers went to overtime in three oftheir four meetings. Philadelphia scored an overtime victory on Nov. 5at the RBC Center, and the teams' other two overtime games - Nov. 15 andFeb. 15 - ended tied. The Flyers won the only game to end in regulationin 2002-03, March 13 in Raleigh, by a score of 5-3. Jeff O'Neill led allHurricanes scorers against the Flyers in last season's four-game setwith two goals and two assists. Carolina is 22-46-12-3 all-time againstPhiladelphia, including a 13-20-8-1 home record and a 9-26-4-2 roadmark.

2002-03 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
26 Cole 6 2 2 4
63 Vasicek 6 1 3 4
17 Brind'Amour 6 1 2 3
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Storr 0 0.00 0-0-0 .000
80 Weekes 6 1.45 1-2-3 .934
FLYERS
GP G A TP
8 Recchi 6 3 4 7
97 Roenick 6 2 3 5
11 Amonte 6 1 3 4
14 Williams 6 1 3 4
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
33 Hackett 4 1.96 2-1-1 .913
42 Esche 2 3.36 0-1-1 .865
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