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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. WASHINGTON

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (1-2-0-1, 3 pts.)
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WASHINGTON CAPITALS (2-0-0-0, 4 pts.)


Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. at RBC Center

GAME NIGHT

The defending Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes host the Southeast Division rival Washington Capitals for the first time of the 2002-03 season. The Hurricanes lost in overtime at St. Louis on Tuesday night, 2-1, and are winless in their last two games (0-1-0-1). Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour had his three-game goal streak snapped at St. Louis on Tuesday. Jeff O’Neill extended his assist and point streaks to three games (0g, 3a).

PRACTICE TIMES

Oct. 17 Thursday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 18 Friday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
Oct. 19 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 20 Sunday RBC Center TBA
Oct. 21 Monday RecZone TBA
Oct. 22 Tuesday Nassau Coliseum 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
Since the Southeast Division was created, Carolina has a 41-16-20-1 record in 76 games against the Washington Capitals, Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Hurricanes were 11-3-5-1 against the Southeast Division in 2001-02 as Carolina captured its second division title in four years.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 1-1-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 0-1-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 3-of-32 (9.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 27-of-31 (87.1%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Glen Wesley is day-to-day with a groin injury.

CAROLINA / WASHINGTON NOTES
The Hurricanes and Capitals meet for the first of five games this season tonight at RBC Center. The Capitals won the regular season series against the Hurricanes last season 2-1-2. Carolina’s lone win came on Nov. 8, 2001 at the MCI Center 3-2 on a game-winning goal by Jeff O’Neill in the third period. The teams tied on March 8, 2002 in Raleigh 2-2 and on Dec. 30, 2001 at the MCI Center 5-5. Washington took a 4-3 overtime victory in Raleigh on Dec. 2, 2001 and came away with a 6-2 victory at the MCI Center on Nov. 30, 2001. Sami Kapanen led Carolina with eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) against Washington. Ron Francis scored four goals in the five games. The Hurricanes are 27-44-13-1 in the all-time regular season series against Washington. The Hurricanes are 14-19-9-1 against the Capitals at home and 13-25-4-0 in Washington.

CAPITALS NOTES
The Washington Capitals are off to a 2-0 start, earning victories against the Nashville Predators and the New York Islanders in their first two games. The Capitals have been strong with the man-advantage and are fourth in the league on the power-play at 4-of-14 (26.7%). Jaromir Jagr has two of the Capitals four power-play goals.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
17 Brind'Amour 4 3 1 4
92 O'Neill 4 0 3 3
26 Cole 4 1 1 2
63 Vasicek 4 1 1 2
10 Francis 4 1 1 2
6 Hedican 4 0 2 2
13 Battaglia 4 0 2 2
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 2 5.25 0-2-0 .806
80 Weekes 3 2.56 1-1-0 .907
WASHINGTON CAPITALS
GP G A TP
12 Bondra 2 2 2 4
68 Jagr 2 2 2 4
20 Lang 2 1 2 3
14 Miller 2 0 3 3
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
37 Kolzig 2 2.52 2-0-0 .925
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