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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. CALGARY

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (28-22-12-5, 73 pts.)

vs
CALGARY FLAMES (27-26-9-3, 66 pts.)
Monday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes play the second game of a two-game homestand as they host the Calgary Flames at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. The Hurricanes enter the game on a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) after earning a 2-2 tie with the Washington Capitals on March 8. The Hurricanes’ last loss came on Feb. 26 at Toronto, 4-1. Carolina’s longest unbeaten streak this season was six games, from Nov. 2-11 (4-0-2). The tie against Washington was the Hurricanes’ fifth-consecutive home tie. Carolina is winless in its last seven home games (0-1-6) and has not won at home since Jan. 15, a 2-0 win against Minnesota.
Carolina currently sits in first place in the Southeast Division, leading the second-place Washington Capitals by eight points after the Capitals’ 4-2 victory against Edmonton on Sunday. Carolina will recall forward Jaroslav Svoboda from Lowell of the American Hockey League on Monday. Svoboda, who has yet to play an NHL game, has 22 points (9g, 13a) in 58 games with the Lock Monsters this season.

PRACTICE TIMES

March 11 Monday ESA 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
March 12 Tuesday RecZone 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
March 13 Wednesday ESA 3 - 5 p.m.
March 14 Thursday RecZone 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
March 15 Friday RecZone 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
March 16 Saturday Montreal 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
March 17 Sunday RecZone 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: none
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
The Hurricanes acquired goaltender Kevin Weekes from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Shane Willis and Chris Dingman late Tuesday night. Weekes, 26, has played in 158 career NHL games over five seasons with the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Toronto native has accumulated a record of 39-82-13 with a goals against average of 3.24 and eight shutouts in his NHL career. Weekes (6’0’’, 195 lbs.) played in 19 games with Tampa Bay this season and had a record of 3-9-0 with a 2.89 goals against average, a save percentage of .915 and two shutouts. A second-round draft choice of the Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Weekes appeared in a career-high 61 games last season for Tampa Bay, posting a 20-33-3 record with a 3.14 goals against average and four shutouts. He has spent much of this season serving as backup to All-Star netminder Nikolai Khabibulin.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-11-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 16-11-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 48-of-316 (15.2%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 228-of-276 (82.6%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Forward Tommy Westlund will miss the game against Washington (3/8) with a back injury. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Feb. 9 retroactive to Jan. 18.

CAROLINA / CALGARY NOTES
The Flames and Hurricanes meet for their only matchup of the 2001-02 season on Monday in Raleigh. Calgary won the only meeting between the two teams last season, a 7-2 blowout win at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Dec. 9, 2000. Sami Kapanen (1g, 1a) and Jeff O’Neill (1g, 0a) provided the only goal-scoring for the Hurricanes in the game. Calgary’s Clarke Wilm was the game’s leading scorer with three points (2g, 1a). Calgary leads the all-time season series with the Hurricanes franchise 33-15-6, including a 13-11-3 advantage on the road.

CALGARY NOTES
Flames forward Jarome Iginla is currently the NHL’s leading scorer (77 points) and leading goal scorer (42 goals). Iginla leads all other NHL scorers by 10 points and has found the net eight more times than his nearest competitor. Calgary assigned goaltender Mike Vernon to its American Hockey League affiliate this week, recalling Kay Whitmore.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
  GP G A TP
10 Francis 67 23 40 63
24 Kapanen 64 23 35 58
92 O'Neill 63 25 29 55
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Barrasso 34 2.61 13-12-5 .906
1 Irbe 38 2.75 15-15-7 .896
 
CALGARY
  GP G A TP
12 Iginla 65 42 35 77
22 Conroy 64 20 39 59
37 McAmmond 56 13 25 38
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Turek 56 2.48 26-22-8 .908
35 Whitmore 1 3.10 0-1-0 .857

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