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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. ATLANTA

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

ATLANTA THRASHERS (0-0-0-0)
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CAROLINA HURRICANES (0-1-0-0)


Friday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. at RBC Center

GAME NIGHT

The Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes play their second game of the 2002-03 NHL season tonight as they host the Atlanta Thrashers at RBC Center. Tonight’s game marks the first half of the team’s first set of back-to-back games for the 2002-03 season, as the Hurricanes travel to Tampa Bay to play the Lightning tomorrow night at the St. Pete Times Forum. Carolina will play a total of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season.

PRACTICE TIMES

Oct. 11 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 12 Saturday St. Pete Times Forum 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 13 Sunday RecZone 11:45 a.m.
Oct. 14 Monday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
Oct. 15 Tuesday Savvis Center 11:30 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
Carolina was 11-3-5-1 against the Southeast Division in 2001-02 as the Hurricanes captured their second division title in four years. Since the division was created, Carolina has a 40-15-20-1 record in 76 games against the Washington Capitals, Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 0-1-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 0-0-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 0-of-9 (0.0%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 8-of-9 (88.9%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
The Hurricanes currently have no injuries to report.

CAROLINA / ATLANTA NOTES
Carolina and Atlanta meet tonight for the first of five matchups during the 2002-03 regular season and the first of two games in Raleigh (Oct. 11, Dec. 27). The Hurricanes enter the season with a record of 12-0-3 against the Thrashers in the all-time regular season series.
The Thrashers defeated the Hurricanes in a pair of exhibition games this preseason, topping Carolina 4-1 on Oct. 2 at the RBC Center and 4-1 on Oct. 5 at Philips Arena.
The Hurricanes won the regular season series against the Thrashers last season 3-0-2, with four of the five games extending into the overtime period. Jeff O’Neill led all goal scorers in the season series (3) and was tied for the lead in points in the series with Rod Brind’Amour (2g, 4a). O’Neill scored an overtime game-winner against Atlanta on Dec. 20 in Raleigh. Erik Cole earned his first career hat trick against the Thrashers when he tallied the overtime winner on Dec. 21 for a 5-4 victory.

THRASHERS NOTES
Friday’s game marks the first game of the 2002-03 season for the Thrashers. Atlanta forwards Dany Heatley and Ilya Kovalchuk begin their sophomore campaigns on Friday night. Heatley and Kovalckuk were both nominated for the Calder Trophy as the NHL Rookie or the Year last season, with Heatley taking home the honor.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
17 Brind'Amour 1 1 0 1
13 Battaglia 1 0 1 1
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 1 4.00 0-1-0 .857
80 Weekes 0 0.00 0-0-0 .000
Atlanta
The Thrashers have yet to play a game this season.
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