FEBRUARY 16, 7:00 p.m.
TV â€“ HTS / FOX SPORTS NET
RADIO - HURRICANES RADIO NETWORK
The Phoenix Coyotes skate into the Entertainment and Sports Arena Friday night for the second game of their two-game season series with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes visited the Coyotes on Feb. 7 at America West Arena. Carolina gained two points in the standings that night when Jeff Oâ€™Neill found the net 25 seconds into overtime to seal the 2-1 Hurricanes win.
The Carolina franchise has only defeated the Coyotes twice in a season one time since the Coyotes relocated to Phoenix from Winnipeg before the 1996-97 season. During its last season in Hartford, the Hurricanes franchise went 2-0-0-0 in two regular season match-ups with the Coyotes.
The teamsâ€™ history dates back to 1972 and the beginnings of the World Hockey Association when Carolina was known as the New England Whalers and Phoenix as the Winnipeg Jets. Both teams joined the National Hockey League for the 1979-80 season as the WHA folded.
The first ever WHA match-up between the teams came on Nov. 6, 1972, a 6-5 Whalers victory. New England went on to defeat the Jets in Game 5 of the AVCO Trophy Finals to win the first ever WHA title.
Since the teams moved up in ranks to the NHL, the Hurricanes have kept an advantage in the series registering a 26-21-8-0 all-time NHL record including a 12-8-6-0 record on home ice against the Coyotes.
Phoenix goaltender Sean Burke played 281 games as a Hurricane / Whaler between 1992 and 1998, and is the Carolina franchise leader in games played (281), minutes played (15,893) and longest individual shutout sequence (1/2-1/24, 1992: 187:58 min.). Burke did not play in the Coyotes' 4-3 loss at Florida on Wednesday and is probable for tonight' starting role. The Hurricanes are 3-1-2-0 against former Carolina goaltenders this season.
NOTES: The Phoenix Coyotes were purchased yesterday by an ownership group headed by real estate developer Sean Ellman. The new ownership group includes NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky who will be in Raleigh tonight to address his new team. The Hurricanes will honor Gretzky during the first intermission in a brief ceremony.