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GAME PREVIEW: HURRICANES vs. Calgary Flames

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CALGARY FLAMES (8-13-2, 18 pts)

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CAROLINA HURRICANES (10-8-6, 26 pts)

Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 7:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes enter Tuesday’s game against the Calgary Flames with a 10-8-6 record in the team’s first 24 games of the season…Carolina is in second place in the Southeast Division, trailing the Florida Panthers by four points…The Hurricanes, who are unbeaten in their last three games (1-0-2), have lost just one game in their last eight (4-1-3)…Carolina defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3, in its last game on Saturday night…Following the game against Calgary, the Hurricanes will host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday before embarking on a four-game road trip against Colorado, St. Louis, Dallas, and Tampa Bay.

ON THE AIR:

Local Television: none

Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh), WFAI-1230 AM (Fayetteville), WGHB 1250 AM (Greenville), WSML-1200 AM (Graham), WRMT-1490 AM (Rocky Mount), WJNC-1240 AM (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/CALGARY SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Calgary Flames meet Tuesday for the final time during the 1999-2000 regular season…Carolina trails in the overall series by a 14-32-6 margin, including a 10-14-3 mark at home…Carolina is unbeaten in their last five games against Calgary (3-0-2), its longest unbeaten streak in the series history between these two clubs…. The two teams skated to a 3-3 tie in their last meeting on October 11 at the Canadian Airlines Saddledome…Sami Kapanen, Ron Francis, and David Tanabe each scored and Arturs Irbe totaled 26 saves …Kapanen collected a season-high three points (1g, 2a) and Bates Battaglia contributed two assists…Tanabe, in his NHL debut, registered the team’s first power-play goal of the season at 19:17 of the third period…Francis earned an assist on the play to move into a tie with Marcel Dionne for sixth place on the all-time assists list.

CAROLINA NOTES
On Saturday night, Glen Wesley, Paul Coffey, Sami Kapanen, and Bates Battaglia each scored and Arturs Irbe notched 26 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes erupted with a 5-3 home victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins…The win extended the Hurricanes unbeaten streak to three games (1-0-2) and improved their record at the Entertainment and Sports Arena to 5-2-1 in their last eight games on home ice…Kapanen led the Hurricanes offense to their highest output of the season by tallying two second period goals to first tie the score and provide the game-winning goal. Gary Roberts (0g, 2a), Bates Battaglia (1g, 1a), Robert Kron (0g, 2a), and Jeff O’Neill (0g, 2a) all posted multi-point games for the Hurricanes who have lost just once in their last eight games (4-1-3)…Paul Coffey, who has tallied five points (2g, 3a) in his last four games, is just one point shy of tying Mario Lemieux (1,494) for eighth on the NHL’s all-time points list….The Hurricanes lead the league with the fewest penalties (199 minutes) and penalty minutes per game (8.3)…With 26 points in 24 games, the Hurricanes are one point ahead of their pace for last season when the team captured the Southeast Division title…Carolina has scored five power-play goals in its last three games…CAROLINA AT HOME: 5-4-1 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-4-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 16.7% (16 for 96) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 85.7% (60 for 70).

CALGARY NOTES:
Calgary enters Tuesday’s game with a 8-13-2 record and 18 points…Calgary is in fourth place in the Northwest Division, trailing the Vancouver Canucks, the Colorado Avalanche, and the Edmonton Oilers…Six of the Flames’ eight victories this season have come in overtime…Calgary leads the league with the best overtime record, 6-0-2…The Flames are led offensively by Valeri Bure, brother of Florida’s Pavel Bure, who has team highs in goals (13), assists (12), and points (25)…Fred Brathwaite and future hall-of-famer Grant Fuhr form Calgary’s goaltending tandem with each registering a 2.62 and 3.64 goals against average, respectively…The Flames have lost their last four games on the road…CALGARY AT HOME: 5-5-2 CALGARY ON THE ROAD: 3-8-0 CALGARY ON THE POWER PLAY: 20.4% (19 for 93) CALGARY SHORTHANDED: 78.0% (85 for 109).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Ron Francis has not played the last two games due to positional vertigo…His status is day-to-day.

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