JANUARY 16, 7:30 p.m.
TV - HTS / FOX SPORTS NET
RADIO - HURRICANES RADIO NETWORK
MONTREAL (JAN. 16, 2001) – Hurricanes defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh skated for the second time since his Jan. 5 arthroscopic left knee surgery. The team’s coaches and trainers are targeting Carolina’s January 22 match-up against the New York Rangers (7 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena) for Ozolinsh’s return. Ozolinsh was elected a World Team starter for February 5’s NHL All-Star Game in Denver, CO, and is expected to play in the game.
- Since the Hurricanes arrived in Montreal, Que. in the early evening yesterday (Jan. 15) it has snowed 7-8” on top of approximately one and a half feet of snow already on the ground. Despite the inclement weather, the team should be able to return to Raleigh tonight following the game.
- Shawinigan, Que. born Martin Gelinas is the most popular interview among Hurricanes players when the team visits Montreal. Gelinas is the only Hurricanes player whose native tongue is French.
- There will be no lineup changes for the Hurricanes tonight against Montreal. Rookie forwad Craig Adams will be the Hurricanes only healthy extra tonight. Injured defensemen Kevin Hatcher and Sandis Ozolinsh will also miss tonight’s game.
- The Montreal Canadiens will have 11 players out of the lineup including forwards Martin Rucinsky (MCL sprain, out 4-5 weeks), Benoit Brunet (MCL sprain, out 5-6 weeks), Dainius Zubrus (concussion, out indefinitely), Trevor Linden (foot injury, out 2-3 weeks) and Gino Odjick (wrist injury, out indefinitely). Canadiens goaltender Jeff Hackett is also out of the lineup with a hand injury that is expect to sideline him for 2-3 weeks.
- Hurricanes goaltender Arturs Irbe will make his 31st consecutive start and 32nd consecutive appearance tonight against Montreal.