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Detroit Pre-game Skate Notes

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (5-4-3, 13 pts)atDETROIT RED WINGS(7-3-2, 17 pts)Friday, November 5, 1999 at 7:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes enter tomorrow night's game againstthe Detroit Red Wings with a 5-4-3 record in the team's first 12 games ofthe season...The Hurricanes are coming off a 6-0 home loss to the TorontoMaple Leafs on Wednesday...Carolina has won their last two games on theroad, including a 4-0 shutout of the New York Islanders on October 30, anda 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 23...Friday marks thethird stop in the Canes Chill Out Tour at SCORES in Raleigh off of WakeForest Boulevard...The Carolina Hurricanes and WRBZ 850 are teaming upthis season to sponsor the 1999-2000 CHILL OUT TOUR, a series of specialviewing parties at different establishments throughout the Triangle duringHurricanes away games...All CHILL OUT TOUR events feature giveaways, asilent auction, raffles and contests including Bubble Hockey, puckstacking, hot dog eating and frozen t-shirts.

ON THE AIR: Local Television: Home Team Sports/FOX Sports SouthRadio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh), WFAI-1230 AM (Fayetteville), WGHB 1250 AM(Greenville), WSML-1200 AM (Graham), WRMT-1490 AM (Rocky Mount), WJNC-1240AM (Jacksonville), WRNS-960 AM (Kinston), WTRP-620 AM (La Grange, GA),WEEB-990 AM (Southern Pines), WRQR-106.7 FM (Wilmington), WSJS-600 AM(Winston-Salem), WDLZ- 98.3 FM (Murfreesboro).

CAROLINA/DETROIT SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and the Detroit Red Wingsmeet Friday for the first of two games this season...The all-time seriesbetween the two clubs is even at 23-23-7 through 53 games...Carolina is7-14-6 lifetime in Detroit...The Hurricanes' franchise has not won intheir last nine games in Detroit dating back to a 3-0 Hartford Whalers winon November 14, 1989...Carolina and Detroit have split their two-gameseason series each of the last two years, with each club winning athome...Last season, Hurricanes goaltender Arturs Irbe was 1-1-0 with a1.51 goals against average and a .950 save percentage in two games againstDetroit...On December 12, 1998, he earned a 3-0 shutout victory over theRed Wings at the Greensboro Coliseum...Detroit visits the newEntertainment and Sports Arena in the series next matchup on December 22,1999.

CAROLINA NOTES: The Carolina Hurricanes lost their second consecutive homegame at the new Entertainment and Sports Arena, falling to the TorontoMaple Leafs, 6-0, on November 3...Eric Fichaud, in his second straightstart, allowed six goals on 26 shots faced as Toronto scored twice in eachof the three periods... Carolina ranks second in the league with 13 pointson the road...The Hurricanes have not allowed a power-play goal in theirlast three games...Team captain Ron Francis is one point shy of becomingonly the sixth player in league history to total 1,500 points and is twoassists shy of tying Gordie Howe for fifth on the all-time assistslist...CAROLINA AT HOME:0-2-0 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-2-3 CAROLINA ONTHE POWER PLAY: 13.5% (7 for 52) POWER PLAY POINTS LEADERS: (O'Neill-4,Kapanen-4, Tanabe-3, Wesley-3, Francis-3, Roberts-2, Hill-1, Gelinas-1)CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 81.6% (31 for 38)

DETROIT NOTES: The Red Wings host tomorrow night's game following a 1-1tie at home against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night...Detroit,who is 2-2-1 in their last five games, sits atop of the Central Divisionwith a three-point lead over the St. Louis Blues...DETROIT AT HOME: 5-2-1DETROIT ON THE ROAD: 2-1-1 DETROIT ON THE POWER PLAY: 19.2% (10 FOR 52)DETROIT SHORTHANDED: 89.2% (33 for 37).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE: Gary Roberts has missed the last three games witha groin injury...His status is day-to-day...During the 1999-2000 season,the Hurricanes have lost five games to injury.

CAROLINA RECENT TRANSACTIONS:  None1999-2000 STATISTICSHURRICANES GPGATP24 Kapanen12881621 Francis123101313 Battaglia124711GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%35 Fichaud43.002-2-0.8641   Irbe92.573-2-3.905DETROITGPGA TP91 Fedorov1238118 Larionov12371096 Holmstrom12448GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%30 Osgood101.807-1-2.92431 Wregget33.810-2-0.826
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