DETROIT (FEB. 14, 2001) --
DETROIT RED WINGS
FEBRUARY 14, 7:30 p.m.
TV â€“ HTS / FOX SPORTS NET
RADIO - HURRICANES RADIO NETWORK
To look at the Carolina Hurricanesâ€™ overall record against Detroit Red Wings, one might say that, historically speaking, the teams match-up evenly.
After all, a 23-25-7-0 overall record, a .482 winning percentage, against one of the original six National Hockey League franchises is not that bad. The only â€œoriginal sixâ€? franchise the Hurricanes have a better record against is the Toronto Maple Leafs against whom the Hurricanes are 32-19-10-0 record (.607) all-time.
In the past nine seasons in which the teams have met (teams did not play out-of-conference games during the abbreviated 1994-95 season), Detroit has turned the series in their favor posting a 15-5-0-0 record (.750) against the Hurricanes. In that span Carolina has not been able to defeat the Red Wings on Detroit ice having gone 0-10-0-0 at Joe Louis Arena.
The Hurricanes arrived in Detroit on Monday evening after spending five nights in Los Angeles for games against the Kings and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. The loss of hours on that travel day should not hurt Carolinaâ€™s chances against Detroit.
Hurricanes goaltender Arturs Irbe is expected to start in his 42nd game in the last 43. Irbe has won in Joe Louis Arena in the past 10 years, most notably when his former team, the San Jose Sharks won three of four games at Detroit in the quarterfinal round of the 1994-95 Western Conference playoffs.
Detroit rides a four-game unbeaten streak into tonightâ€™s match-up and has posted a 9-3-2-0 record since Jan. 7. The Red Wings trail the St. Louis Blues by eight points for the Central Division lead.
A SORT OF HOMECOMING: The Hurricanesâ€™ visit to the Motor City serves as a homecoming for many surround the team. Hereâ€™s a look at Carolinaâ€™s connection to the Detroit area:
Principal Owner / Governor Peter Karmanos: Resides in Detroit with his wife Debra and oversees the daily operations of Detroit-based Compuware.
CEO / General Manager Jim Rutherford: 1969 First round draft choice (10th overall) of the Detroit Red Wings. Played in 10 seasons in Detroit.
Radio play-by-play announcer Chuck Kaiton: Grew up in the Detroit area and graduated from the University of Michigan in nearby Ann Arbor in 1969 where he began his broadcasting career.
Vice President / Assistant General Manager Jason Karmanos: Grew up in the Detroit area.
Television color announcer Tripp Tracy: Grew up in the Detroit area.
Defenseman Kevin Hatcher: Born in Detroit Aug. 9, 1966 and continues to live in the Detroit area.
Defenseman Steven Halko: Played four years at the University of Michigan and won a National Championship as captain of the Wolverines in the 1995-96.
Carolina Hurricanes Website Reporter Kyle S. Hanlin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org