CAROLINA HURRICANES (14-15-7, 35 pts)
NASHVILLE PREDATORS (11-20-5, 29 pts)
Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at 8:00 p.m.
GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes enters Tuesday’s game against the Nashville Predators after defeating the Florida Panthers, 4-3, in overtime on Sunday night…Carolina is 2-3-0 in its last five games and 3-7-0 in its last ten games…The Hurricanes are currently in second place in the Southeast Division, trailing the Florida Panthers…Following the game, the Hurricanes visit the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday, January 1, before hosting the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, January 4…The Carolina Hurricanes will host the FedEx/NHL SuperSkills contest, a fan-oriented competition amongst Hurricanes players at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Sunday, January 2, 2000, at 3:00 p.m.
ON THE AIR:
Local Television: HTS/FOX Sports Net South
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/NASHVILLE SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators open their 1999-2000 two-game series in Nashville on Tuesday…The two teams split their season series last year 1-1-0, with each team winning at home…The teams conclude their season series in Raleigh, at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on March 29, 2000.
CAROLINA NOTES: The Carolina Hurricanes snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 overtime victory over division leader Florida Panthers…Nolan Pratt scored 27 seconds into overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Florida Panthers, 4-3, at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…The game-winner was generated as Gary Roberts dug the puck from behind the net and slid a pass to Jeff O’Neill who fed Pratt in the slot…Forward Tommy Westlund recorded the team’s first short-handed goal of the season to give Carolina a 1-0 lead in the first period…Trailing 2-1 in the third period, Ron Francis and Martin Gelinas scored in a 4:29 span to account for the Hurricanes’ other goals…The win ended a 20-game winless streak (0-2-18) in overtime for the Hurricanes, who had previously defeated the NY Rangers on January 28, 1999 at the Greensboro Coliseum…The overtime winner marked the start of a 12-game unbeaten streak in overtime (1-0-11) dating back to Carolina’s overtime loss to Dallas (3/21/99)…The Hurricanes have scored 16 goals on the power-play in their last 15 games (16-for-56, 28.6 %)…Carolina has lost their last three games on the road since defeating the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on December 7…CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-7-2 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-8-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 18.6% (27 for 145) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 85.3% (93 for 109).
NASHVILLE NOTES: The Nashville Predators enter their second season in the National Hockey League…Nashville is currently in third place in the Central Division and 12th in the Western Conference with 29 points…The Predators defeated their division rival, the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Sunday night to extend the team’s unbeaten streak to five games (2-0-3)…Tomas Vokoun earned his first win of the season…Nashville is 1-3-1 this season in five games against teams from the Southeast Division…NASHVILLE AT HOME: 4-10-2 NASHVILLE ON THE ROAD: 7-10-3 NASHVILLE ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.2% (22 for 128) NASHVILLE SHORTHANDED: 82.7% (105 for 127).
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Sean Hill missed the Hurricanes’ last two games due to a groin injury…His status is out a week…Kent Manderville has missed the last five games with a concussion…His status is day-to-day.