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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. MONTREAL

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (5-4-1-1, 12 pts.)
at
MONTREAL CANADIENS (3-3-3-0, 9 pts.)
Friday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. at RBC Center


GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes host the Montreal Canadiens at the RBC Center as Montreal and Carolina meet for the first time since the Hurricanes eliminated the Canadiens in the 2002 Eastern Conference Semifinals with an 8-2 victory in Game 6 at the Molson Centre. The Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders 4-2 on Wednesday night and are unbeaten in their last three games (10/26-10/30: 2-0-1). Carolina is 4-1-1 in its last six games, all of which have come against teams that participated in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Hurricanes’ game against the Islanders marked the first game of a nine-game homestand, the longest homestand in franchise history.
Jeff O’Neill extended his point streak to a career-high 10 games (4g, 9a) with a goal and an assist against the Islanders. O’Neill’s point streak is the longest in the NHL this season. Hurricanes netminder Kevin Weekes is 4-0-1 in his last five games with a goals against average of 1.57 (8g, 305 min.) and a save percentage of .954 (8G, 175 SA).

PRACTICE TIMES

Nov. 1 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 2 Saturday RecZone 11:45 a.m.
Nov. 3 Sunday RBC Center TBA
Nov. 4 Monday RBC Center TBA
Nov. 5 Tuesday 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
The National Hockey League announced its All-Star balloting for the 2003 All-Star Game in Sunrise, Fla. and six Carolina Hurricanes made this year’s ballot. Ron Francis, Jeff O’Neill, Sami Kapanen, Rod Brind’Amour, Erik Cole and Arturs Irbe have all been nominated to represent the Eastern Conference during All-Star Weekend in Florida. Game time for the Hurricanes’ game against the New York Rangers on Dec. 31 at RBC Center has been moved to 7:30 p.m.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 3-2-1-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 2-2-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 13-of-73 (17.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 64-of-74 (86.5%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Josef Vasicek missed the game vs. NY Islanders (10/30) due to back spasms. He is day-to-day.Tommy Westlund missed the game vs. NY Islanders (10/30) due to a back injury. He is day-to-day and has been activated from the Injured Reserve list.Aaron Ward missed the game vs. NY Islanders (10/30) due to a back injury. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / MONTREAL NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens meet for the first of four matchups this season and the first of two games at the RBC Center. The two teams met in the 2002 Eastern Conference Semifinals, with the Hurricanes taking the series four games to two. Bates Battaglia established a Hurricanes franchise record for most points in a playoff series with 10 points (4g, 6a) in the six-game series against the Canadiens.
Carolina and Montreal split their four regular season matchups last season 1-1-2. The two teams played to a pair of 1-1 ties in Raleigh on Jan. 17 and March 18. Carolina came back from a pair of two-goal deficits to beat Montreal at the Molson Centre 4-3 on March 2. Jeff O’Neill scored the game-winner with 2:05 left in the game. Montreal defeated Carolina 3-2 on March 2. Oleg Petrov led all scorers in the regular season series with four points (1g, 3a). Sami Kapanen (3g, 0a) led all goal scorers in the series. The Canadiens lead the all-time regular season series 82-45-18 and are 35-28-11 on the road and 47-16-7-1 against the Hurricanes franchise at home.

CANADIENS NOTES
Center Saku Koivu is off to a quick start for the Canadiens with eight points in nine games. Netminder Jeff Hackett has been outstanding in all four of his starts, earning first star honors in each one, and posting a .937 save percentage. Maruisz Czerkawski, the NHL's preseason scoring leader, netted a goal and tallied an assist in Montreal’s most recent game against Anaheim.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
92 O'Neill 11 4 9 13
17 Brind'Amour 11 7 4 11
10 Francis 11 4 3 7
62 Svoboda 11 2 4 6
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 3 4.35 0-3-0 .833
80 Weekes 9 1.94 5-2-1 .939
CANADIENS
GP G A TP
94 Perreault 9 4 4 8
11 Koivu 9 3 5 8
43 Brisebois 9 2 5 7
20 Zednik 9 4 2 6
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
31 Hackett 5 2.35 2-0-2 .937
60 Theodore 5 4.38 1-2-1 .833
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