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HURRICANES HOST CANUCKS ON WEDNESDAY

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

HURRICANES VS. CANUCKS

NOVEMBER 24, 1999

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Carolina Hurricanes enter tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks with a 9-8-4 record in the team’s first 21 games of the season…The Hurricanes lost their last game in a 2-1 decision to the Boston Bruins on Monday at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…The loss snapped the team’s four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1) and the club’s three-game home winning streak…The Hurricanes are 3-1-1 in their last five games and 5-4-1 in their last 10 games…Tonight marks the third game of a three-game homestand for the Hurricanes.

AGAINST THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS

The Carolina Hurricanes and the Vancouver Canucks meet tonight for the second time this season as the Canucks make their only 1999-2000 appearance at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…Carolina defeated Vancouver on the road, 4-1, on October 15 in the last meeting of the series…The overall series is tied 22-22-10 through 52 career meetings…The Hurricanes are 12-10-4 at home against the Canucks, winning the last two games in North Carolina.

HURRICANES-CANUCKS 1999-2000 SEASON SERIES

October 15, 1999 at Vancouver Canucks

HURRICANES 4, Canucks 1

Jeff O’Neill scored twice in the second period and Eric Fichaud made 15 saves in his first game with Carolina as the Hurricanes defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 4-1…Sami Kapanen and Bates Battaglia each added a goal and an assist to stretch the Hurricanes’ unbeaten streak to three games (1-0-2)…O’Neill tallied his first goal of the season with an unassisted score at 8:47 of the second period to give Carolina a 2-0 lead…One minute later, Battaglia registered his second goal of the season with an assist from linemate Ron Francis…Carolina held Vancouver scoreless until the 19:24 mark of the third period when the Canucks converted on their third power-play of the evening.

CAROLINA HURRICANES INJURY REPORT

Andrei Kovalenko has missed the last three games due to back spasms…His status is day-to-day.

Glen Wesley missed Monday’s game against the Bruins with a groin injury…His status is day-to-day.

HOME RESULTS

Carolina is 4-4-0 at home this season after losing to the Boston Bruins on Monday…The loss snapped the Hurricanes three-game winning streak that included victories over the Dallas Stars, the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning… In eight games this season at home, the Hurricanes have been outscored 19-13…Last season the Hurricanes were 20-12-9 at home (49 points), scoring 110 goals and allowing 96.Best at home this season: Andrei Kovalenko has five points (3g, 2a) in six home games, Bates Battaglia has four points (3g, 1a) in eight home games, Sami Kapanen has four points (0g, 4a) in eight home games, Gary Roberts has three points (1g, 2a) in six home games, Jeff O’Neill has three points (2g,1a) in eight home games, and Marek Malik has three points (0g,3a) in six home games.

ROAD RESULTS

Carolina is 5-4-4 on the road this season after skating to a 3-3 tie in Washington on November 19…Carolina ranks fourth in the league and first in the Eastern Conference with 14 points on the road…The Hurricanes have scored 35 goals on the road this season while allowing 33…Last season the Hurricanes compiled a 14-18-9 record on the road, scoring 100 goals while allowing 109 goals.

Best on the road this season: Ron Francis has 17 points (4g, 13a) in 13 road games, Sami Kapanen has 16 points (9g, 7a) in 13 road games, and Bates Battaglia has 13 points (4g, 9a) in 13 road games.

OVERTIME

The Hurricanes are 0-0-4 in overtime during the 1999-2000 regular season…In its last overtime game, Carolina skated to a 3-3 tie against the Washington Capitals on November 20…For the season, the Hurricanes have skated to 3-3 ties against Washington (11/19), Toronto (10/20), Edmonton (10/13), and Calgary (10/11).

Last season, the Hurricanes posted a 1-5-18 mark in overtime…The last time the team won in overtime was when Gary Roberts scored the winner on January 28, 1999 in a 3-2 home victory over the NY Rangers…Carolina last lost in overtime by a 3-2 score in Dallas on March 21, 1999…Carolina has earned a tie in its last seven overtime games since the loss in Dallas.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Carolina is 11-for-84 (13.1%) on the power-play through its first 21 games of the 1999-2000 season…The Hurricanes were 0-for-3 on the power-play in their last game against Boston (11/22)…Carolina recorded a season-high three power-play goals (3-for-7) against the New York Islanders (10/30)…The last time the team tallied three power-play goals was in a 4-4 tie with the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 10, 1998, the first game of the 1998-99 season…Carolina scored a power-play goal in three consecutive games from 10/20-10/23 (3-15, 20%)…The last time the team had scored on the power-play in three consecutive games was from November 28 to December 10, 1998 when Carolina scored in six straight games (6-19, 31.6%).

Sami Kapanen (2g, 4a), Ron Francis (0g, 5a), Jeff O’Neill (1g, 3a), Sean Hill (1g, 3a), Glen Wesley (0g, 4a), David Tanabe (3g, 0a), Gary Roberts (2g, 0a), and Bates Battaglia (1g, 1a), lead the power-play units for the Hurricanes…Carolina’s power-play is 2-for-26 (7.7%) at home and 9-for-58 (15.5%) on the road.

The Hurricanes own a 52-for-61 (85.2%) rating on the penalty kill this season…The Hurricanes have successfully killed their last 14 consecutive penalties since allowing an Eric Desjardins power-play goal on November 11 at Philadelphia…Carolina has not allowed a power-play goal in eight games at home this season and in its last five games overall…At home, the team is 17-for-17 (100.0%) on the penalty-kill and 35-for-44 (79.5%) on the road.

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES

The Hurricanes will play 17 sets of back to back games this season…During the 1999-2000 season, Carolina is 4-5-1 in back to back games with a 1-3-0 record in the first game and a 3-2-0 record in the second game…Last season the team played 17 sets of back-to-back games, posting a 7-7-3 record in the first game and a 6-6-5 in the second game.

KEEPING IT CLEAN

The Carolina Hurricanes lead the league with the fewest penalties (177 minutes) and penalty minutes per game (8.4)…Against the New York Islanders on November 10th, the Carolina Hurricanes did not commit a penalty in the entire game…It marked the first time in franchise history that the club did not commit a penalty at home and only the second time overall…The last time the team did not commit a penalty in an entire game was when the Hartford Whalers accomplished the feat on January 26, 1980 in a game on the road, also against the New York Islanders.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS

Entering tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, Hurricanes teammates Ron Francis and Paul Coffey rank sixth and ninth, respectively, on the NHL’s all-time points list… On November 11, 1999, Francis moved past Gordie Howe for fifth all-time in assists (1,050) and on November 5, 1999, Francis became only the sixth player in NHL history to total 1,500 points when he tallied a power-play assist in the first period. Coffey, in his second stint with the organization, ranks second only to Wayne Gretzky in career assists in league history and is the all-time leading scorer among NHL defensemen.

SHUTTING ‘EM DOWN

On November 20 against the Dallas Stars, Hurricanes goaltender Arturs Irbe recorded 24 saves to earn his 21st career NHL shutout…The shutout marked his eighth with the Hurricanes after establishing a franchise record six shutouts during the 1998-99 season…Irbe currently ranks tied for third with Peter Sidorkiewicz on the team’s all-time shutout list, trailing Mike Liut (13), and Sean Burke (11).

OFF TO A FAST START

Through 21 games this season, Hurricanes forward Bates Battaglia has totaled 17 points (7g, 10a), ranking second on the team in goals and third in points…In his third season in the league, Battaglia is one point shy of matching his career high in points (18) set last season in 60 games…Against the Ottawa Senators on November 17, Battaglia matched his career-high in goals also set last season with his seventh goal in his 18th game…Battaglia saw a career-high four-game points streak (2g, 3a) end on November 20.

SUPPLYING THE “O”

Hurricanes center Jeff O’Neill has tallied nine points (4g, 5a) in his last 11 games…Drafted with the club’s fifth pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, O’Neill, 23, matched a career-high with four points (1g, 3a) on October 30 against the New York Islanders…O’Neill currently ranks third on the team in goals (6) and fourth in points (12) and assists (6) through 20 games this season…In his 300th career game on November 7 against the Washington Capitals, O’Neill registered his second game-winning goal of the season, matching his total through all of last year.

FROM THE BLUELINE

Through 21 games this season, the Carolina Hurricanes defensive corps has scored seven goals…David Tanabe leads all Hurricanes’ defensemen with three goals, while Sean Hill (two goals) leads in points (9) and assists (7)… Glen Wesley ranks second in points among defensemen with seven (1g, 6a) and Paul Coffey (1g, 1a) notched the game-tying goal at Washington on November 19…Last season the Carolina Hurricanes received a total of 15 goals from the blueline, seven of which came from Glen Wesley.

A COMPANY MAN

Against the New York Islanders on November 10th, Hurricanes forward Robert Kron played in his 443rd game with the Carolina Hurricanes and moved into eighth-place on the team’s all-time games played…Kron has a chance to move up to the fourth spot in franchise history this season (Dave Tippett-483)…He has played a total of 448 games with the organization and is four games shy of tying Randy Ladouceur for seventh on the all-time list (452)…Acquired from the Vancouver Canucks on March 22, 1993, Kron has the longest current tenure of any player on the Hurricanes roster and is tied for ninth on the team’s all-time goals list with 97.

MAKING QUITE AN IMPRESSION

Hurricanes’ defenseman David Tanabe made his NHL debut on October 11, 1999 against the Calgary Flames…At 19:17 of the second period, Tanabe scored his first NHL goal, a power-play strike to record his first NHL point…Tanabe became the third player this season to score a goal in their first NHL game (Jorgen Jonsson, NYI; Brad Stuart, SJ) and only the ninth player in franchise history…Steve Martins was the last player to accomplish the feat for the organization, scoring for the Hartford Whalers on December 6, 1995 in a 7-4 win over the New York Islanders …The other seven players are: Geoff Sanderson, Michel Picard, Mike Millar, Dan Bourbonnais, Randy MacGregor, Brian Hill, and Gordie Roberts.

Selected with the team’s first pick (16th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Tanabe is tied for the NHL lead among all rookies with three power-play goals…Tanabe is tied for 12th among all rookies in goals (3) and eighth in power-play points (3).

IN EXCLUSIVE COMPANY

On October 22, 1999 Hurricanes’ forward Gary Roberts notched the 600th point of his 13-year NHL career with a power-play goal in the first period. Roberts scored a goal on Nov. 13 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, giving him 294 for his career, leaving him six goals shy of joining the 300 goal/2,000 minute club. Entering this season, only four players in league history have scored 300 goals and logged 2,000 penalty minutes (Dale Hunter, Rick Tocchet, Pat Verbeek, and Mike Foligno). Ottawa Senators forward Kevin Dineen can also enter the 300 goal/2,000 minute club by recording 28 penalty minutes this season.

HURRICANES ATTENDANCE REPORT

The Carolina Hurricanes move into the new Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena (capacity 18,730) this season. Carolina played before a sell-out crowd in the team’s home opener against the New Jersey Devils on October 29, 1999. For the 1999-2000 season, Carolina is averaging 13,550 fans (a total of 108,404) during its first eight home games of the season.

CAST YOUR VOTE

The National Hockey League’s All-Star Fan Balloting program began on November 1, 1999, giving hockey fans the opportunity to select the starting lineups for the North America and World All-Star Teams in the 50th NHL All-Star Game, February 6, 2000 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.Carolina Hurricanes’ Ron Francis, Sami Kapanen and Arturs Irbe are all named on the ballots. Francis, who is seeking his fifth All-Star appearance, is located on the North American ballot. Irbe, who became the first goaltender to tally an assist in last year’s All-Star Game, and Kapanen, who participated in the 1998 Olympics for Team Finland are listed on the World ballot. Ballots to vote are located throughout the Entertainment and Sports Arena. From November 1, 1999 to January 3, 2000, hockey fans from around the world can cast ballots for their favorite players at NHL arenas, selected restaurants and on the Internet. All-Star ballots are being distributed at NHL arenas, at select Wendy’s Restaurants in the United States and through inserts in national publications USA Today, Sports Illustrated, The Hockey News and PowerPlay Magazine.Fans are asked to vote for the six North America All-Stars and six World All-Stars they believe should start in the NHL All-Star Game on February 6. Voters may select two wings, two defensemen, one center and one goaltender for each club. If a player is not listed on the ballot, a space is provided for “write-in” votes. The top two wings and defensemen, and the top center and goaltender from each club receiving the most votes will comprise the starting lineups for the All-Star Game. All voters will be entered into a sweepstakes, with prizes including a 2000 Dodge Quad Cab. The 50th NHL All-Star Game will be broadcast on ABC in the United States beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 6.

FARM REPORT

Hurricanes’ draft pick Shane Willis was named the Cincinnati Cyclones’ player of the month for October…Willis, selected by the Hurricanes with the team’s fourth pick in 1997, recorded four goals and three assists for the team’s International Hockey League affiliate last month…Willis spent most of the 1998-99 season with the Hurricanes’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Beast of New Haven, where he was named AHL Rookie of the Year…The 22 year-old right wing also made his NHL debut with the Hurricanes last season, playing a total of seven games.

BARRIE COLTS TO HONOR STEVE CHIASSON

The Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League will honor the Barrie player showing outstanding dedication to the game of hockey both on and off the ice with the Barrie Colts/Steve Chiasson Memorial Award. The award will be presented in memory of Hurricanes defenseman Steve Chiasson. Chiasson, who was born in Barrie, played three seasons with the Guelph Platers and was selected to the OHL’s Third All-Star Team in 1985-86. A member of the Platers’ 1986 Memorial Cup team, Chiasson was selected as the winner of the Stafford Smythe Memorial Award as the most valuable player in the 1986 Memorial Cup tournament. Chiasson was selected to Guelph’s All-time Canadian Hockey League team last April.

HURRICANES IN THE COMMUNITY

CAROLINA HURRICANES’ PLAYERS DONATE MONEY TO AID IN RELIEF EFFORT

The Carolina Hurricanes’ players made a $10,000 donation on September 30, 1999 to the American Red Cross that was designated for the American Red Cross Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund in North Carolina. The players’ contribution raises the total figure generated by the organization and the National Hockey League to $25,000. On September 20, 1999, the Hurricanes’ Kids n’ Community Foundation donated $10,000 and the NHL contributed $5,000.

For the Hurricanes’ players, it marked the second sizeable contribution to local charities in less than six months. In June of 1999, Hurricanes’ players donated more than $21,000 in proceeds from their involvement in a Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ:CPWR) commercial to local charities.

“SCORE FOR HUNGER FOOD DRIVE”

The Carolina Hurricanes and Litho Industries will sponsor a “SCORE FOR HUNGER FOOD DRIVE” during the team’s home games at the new Entertainment and Sports Arena on Monday, November 22 against the Boston Bruins, and on Wednesday, November 24 against the Vancouver Canucks. Fans who donate a non-perishable, canned food item will receive a limited edition Hurricanes player card.

All food that is collected during the two Hurricanes home games will be donated to the Food Bank of North Carolina Kids Café. Initiated by Second Harvest, the national network of food banks, Kids Cafes seek to provide nutritious after school meals three days a week, and support the child’s educational and social needs in an environment which welcomes and supports kids ages 17 and under.

The Food Bank of North Carolina is a private, not-for-profit organization, which serves more than 500 agencies throughout central and eastern North Carolina through the Jack and Hofler Building in Raleigh and through its branch operation in Aberdeen. One of six Second Harvest member food banks in North Carolina, the Raleigh-based Food Bank solicits, collects, stores, and distributes food to nonprofit agencies assisting people at risk from hunger. In 1998, the Food Bank distributed more than 8.7 million pounds of food to those in need.

For further information concerning the SCORE FOR HUNGER FOOD DRIVE, call 919-467-7825, ext. 350, e-mail at promotions@carolinahurricanes.com, or visit the Hurricanes official website at www.caneshockey.com.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS PACKAGE

The Southeast Division Champion Carolina Hurricanes are introducing a “Home for the Holidays Package” on Monday, November 22, 1999. The package, which can be purchased in any price category, includes the following five upcoming games, Florida (12/26), Ottawa (1/4), Philadelphia (1/11), New York Rangers (1/20), and New Jersey (1/28), and also includes a bonus game of the fan’s choice for any game played Monday through Thursday in the year 2000. The “Home for the Holidays Package” will go on sale on Monday, November 22, 1999, through the Hurricanes’ office only. The number to call is 1-888-NHL-TIX1.

FAMILY DAY PROGRAM EXPANDED

The popular Harris Teeter Family Day program has been expanded to include all Hurricanes’ home games for the remainder of the season. This new program kicked off on Saturday night, November 20, 1999, when the Hurricanes defeated the Stanley Cup Champion Dallas Stars, 1-0. The Family Day program is priced at $64 which includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four 20 oz Pepsi’s and is a savings of $26. Tickets for this program are located in the upper level end zone sections of the arena.

Tickets for the Family Day program are available at any of the following TicketMaster locations: in Charlotte (704-522-6500), in Greensboro (336-852-1100), in Raleigh (919-834-4000), in South Carolina (864-233-2525), and in Winston-Salem (336-722-6400) or through the Arena Box Office.

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