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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. WASHINGTON

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (12-11-4-2, 30 pts.)

vs.
WASHINGTON CAPITALS (10-13-3-0, 23 pts.)
Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes host the Washington Capitals in the second half of a home-and-home series. The Capitals defeated the Hurricanes 6-2 on Friday at MCI Center as the Hurricanes completed a three-game road swing. Carolina completed the road trip with a record of 1-2, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs and falling to the NY Rangers and the Capitals. Carolina has lost just once in its last seven home games.

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Dec. 1 RecZone11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 ESA 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Dec. 3 ESA 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 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:
Sami Kapanen and Jeff O’Neill are tied for seventh in the NHL in goal scoring with 14 through Nov. 30. Ron Francis was tied for fourth in the league in assists (18). With a goal at Washington on Friday night, Francis is just nine goals shy off 500 for his career. Only four players in NHL history have totaled more than 500 goals and 1,000 assists (Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Mark Messier, Marcel Dionne).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-5-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 4-6-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 13-of-142 (9.2%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 107-of-134 (79.9%)

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

CAROLINA / WASHINGTON SERIES:
The Capitals and the Hurricanes meet for the third of five matchups this season and the first of two games between the teams at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. Carolina took the first meeting between the teams 3-2 on Nov. 8 thanks to three straight third-period goals. Jeff O’Neill scored the game-winner while Sami Kapanen scored twice and assisted on the game winner. The Capitals evened the season series with a 6-2 win at MCI Center on Nov. 30. The Hurricanes are 27-44-11-0 all-time against the Capitals, including a 14-19-8-0 mark at home.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS NOTES:
With the win on Friday night, the Washington Capitals moved within seven points of the first-place Carolina Hurricanes in the Southeast Division. With his first of two goals on Friday, Capitals forward Peter Bondra become Washington’s all-time leading goal scorer.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPG ATP
24 Kapanen 27 14 12 26
92 O’Neill 29 14 10 24
10 Francis 29 4 18 22

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
35 Barrasso 15 2.25 5-6-3 .919
1 Irbe 15 3.08 7-7-1 .890

WASHINGTONGPGATP
10 Dahlen 26 10 15 25
12 Bondra 26 17 7 24
55 Gonchar 25 9 15 24

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
37 Kolzig 23 2.82 10-11-1 .903
1 Billington 5 4.10 0-2-2.865

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