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HURRICANES WEEKEND PREVIEW

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

OCTOBER 13-14. 2000

CAROLINA HURRICANES (1-0-1-0, 3 pts) vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS ( 0-1-0-1, 1 pt)

CAROLINA HURRICANES (1-0-1-0, 3 pts) vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS (1-1-0-0, 2 pts)

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes visit the Southeast Division rival Florida Panthers in the teams’ first match-up of the regular season on Friday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m.…The Hurricanes then travel to Nashville to take on the Predators on Saturday night at 8:00 (EST) …Carolina enters the weekend with an 1-0-1 record after skating to a 5-3 victory against the Dallas Stars…Barring injury, Martin Gelinas will skate in his 200th game with Carolina on Friday night.

ON THE AIR:

Local Television: Friday: HTS/Fox Sports Net; Saturday: None.

Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WTRP-620 AM (La Grange, Ga.); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); WDZL 98.3 FM (Mufreesboro); WFAY 1230/1450AM (Fayetteville); WSML 1200-AM (Graham); WRMT 1490-AM (Rocky Mount); WGHB 1250-AM (Greenville); WEEB 990-AM (Southern Pines); WMFR 1230-AM (High Point); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WJNC 1240-AM (Jacksonville); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem).

CAROLINA NOTES: The Hurricanes won the regular series last season against the Panthers with a 3-2-0 in what has become a tightly fought series….Of the last ten regular season games the Hurricanes and Panthers have faced each other over the past two seasons, six games have gone to overtime and just three games have been decided by more than one goal…Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh scored his first goal as a Hurricane and Bates Battaglia notched a goal and an assist against the Stars on Tuesday night… …Carolina is unbeaten in its last 19 overtime games (4-0-15) dating back to March 21, 1999 and has won three of its last five overtime games… CAROLINA AT HOME: 1-0-1 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 0-0-0 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 12.5% (2 for 16) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 87.5% (14 for 16).

FLORIDA NOTES: The Florida Panthers fell to the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday in their second regular season game…Former Hurricane goaltender Trevor Kidd sat out the Boston game as Roberto Luongo made his first start as a Panther….Kidd took the loss in overtime in Florida’s season opener against Vancouver.

NASHVILLE NOTES: The Predators penalty kill is currently last in the NHL, allowing two goals on nine chances (77.8%)…The Hurricanes and the Predators split last year’s season series, with each team winning at home …The Predators won their season opener on October 6, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in Omiya, Japan.

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE: Defenseman Marek Malik missed the Hurricanes’ first two games due to whiplash…He is day-to-day… Niclas Wallin broke a bone in his wrist during the season opener against WSH…Wallin is out 3-4 weeks.

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