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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ANAHEIM

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (23-19-11-5, 62 pts.)*

AT
MIGHTY DUCKS OF ANAHEIM (20-29-6-3, 49 pts.)
Friday, Feb. 8 at 10:30 p.m. (ET) at Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
*Statistics through games of Feb. 6

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes play the second of eight consecutive games on the road and the second half of a back-to-back set as they visit Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim to take on the Mighty Ducks. The Hurricanes played against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on Thursday night. The Hurricanes will not play a home game between Feb. 5 and March 8, a span of 31 days. Carolina takes on San Jose on Sunday before the start of the Olympic Break. The Hurricanes return to practice at the RecZone in Raleigh on Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. The Hurricanes complete February with a road trip that takes them to Toronto, Boston, Montreal, Chicago and Pittsburgh before returning home on March 8 against Washington.

PRACTICE TIMES
Feb. 8 Friday Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 9 Saturday HealthSouth Rink, Los Angeles 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 10 Sunday Compaq Center at San Jose 10:30 a.m – 11:30 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: NHL Center Ice
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); WDZL 98.3FM (Murfreesboro); 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).
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES
The Hurricanes will complete their 12th of 15 sets of back-to-back games this season with Friday’s game at Anaheim. Carolina is 9-8-3-2 in back-to-back games this season heading into Thursday’s game at Los Angeles. The Hurricanes own a 3-5-3-0 record in the first games of back-to-back sets and a 6-3-0-2 record in the second games. Carolina was 15-16-3 in back-to-back games in 2000-01, with a record of 8-6-3 in the first games and 7-10-0 in the second games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-11-6-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-8-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 42-of-270 (15.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 198-of-241 (82.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Bret Hedican will not play against Anaheim due to a strained back.
Forward Martin Gelinas will not play against Anaheim due to a concussion. He is expected to miss at least the next two games.
Forward Tommy Westlund will not play against Anaheim due to a back injury.

CAROLINA / ANAHEIM NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim face-off for their only meeting of the 2001-02 season. The Hurricanes won last year’s season series 1-0-1, defeating the Ducks 4-0 on Jan. 14 and earning a 2-2 tie in Anaheim on Feb. 11. Ron Francis led all scorers in the two games with two goals and an assist. Arturs Irbe was the goaltender of record in both games and had a 1.00 goals against average and a .967 save percentage with one shutout. The Hurricanes lead the all-time series with the Mighty Ducks 7-4-2, but are 2-3-1 in Anaheim.

ANAHEIM NOTES
Mighty Ducks All-Star winger Paul Kariya notched a hat trick in his 500th NHL game on Wednesday as the Ducks scored a late goal to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4. Kariya, whose 570 career points lead all NHL players 27-years-old or younger, will suit up for Canada in the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Kariya won a silver medal with Canada in the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, but was unable to compete in 1998 in Nagano because of injuries.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES* GP G A TP
10 Francis 58 16 35 51
24 Kapanen 56 21 29 50
92 O’Neill 54 21 26 47

GOALTENDERS GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Barrasso 31 2.68 11-11-5 .906
1 Irbe 32 2.87 12-13-6 .894

ANAHEIM GP G A TP
9 Kariya 58 22 18 40
17 Cullen 55 14 22 36
12 Leclerc 58 16 17 33
11 Friesen 57 13 20 33

GOALTENDERS GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Giguere 37 2.10 15-16-4 .921
31 Shields 24 2.85 5-16-2 .902

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