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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at AVALANCHE and WILD

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (4-3-0-1, 9 pts.)

vs.
COLORADO AVALANCHE (4-4-0-0, 8 pts.)
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001 at 9:00 p.m. (EDT) at Pepsi Center
and
MINNESOTA WILD (3-0-3-1, 10 pts.)*
Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 8:00 p.m. (EST) at Xcel Energy Center
All stats through Oct. 21

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes play the first half of back-to-back road games on Tuesday as they visit the defending Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. The Carolina Hurricanes franchise is 20-40-12-1 all-time in regular season contests against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Following Colorado's first Stanley Cup championship in 1996 the Hartford Whalers went 0-1-1 against the Avalanche. Following Tuesday’s game, the team travels to Minnesota to take on the Wild at 8 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday.

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Oct. 23Pepsi Center11:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Oct. 24Xcel Energy Center11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Oct. 25ESA1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: Tuesday: Fox Sports Net/Comcast Wednesday: no TV
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); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem).
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES:
The Hurricanes, who will go for their fifth win Tuesday, did not win their fifth game last season until Nov. 12. Sami Kapanen, who is second on the Hurricanes in goals with four, has missed the last two games due to a back injury suffered on Oct. 17 against the Islanders in Raleigh. Jeff O’Neill, who notched the game-winner in overtime on Saturday night against Atlanta, leads the team in points (9) and goals (5). Ron Francis (0g, 8a) is second in points. Francis is currently third in the NHL in assists (8). Francis has scored 110 points (37g, 73a) in 101 career games against the Avalanche franchise, his third-highest total against an NHL opponent.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 3-3-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 1-0-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 4-of-39 (10.3%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 45-of-50 (90.0%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Chris Dingman is on the Injured Reserve list with a groin injury.
Sami Kapanen is day-to-day with a back injury.
Sandis Ozolinsh is day-to-day with a sprained knee.
Tommy Westlund is day-to-day with a wrist injury.

CAROLINA / COLORADO SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Colorado Avalanche meet for the only time this season on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche won last year’s season series 1-0-1, taking a 5-3 victory at Pepsi Center on Nov. 3 and earning a 2-2 tie at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Jan. 6. Jeff O’Neill (3g, 0a) led all goal-scorers in the series last year and was tied for the Hurricanes' lead in scoring against the Avalanche with David Tanabe (0g, 3a). Colorado’s Peter Forsberg led all scorers with four points in two games (2g, 2a). The Hurricanes are 41-62-21-0 all-time against the Avalanche franchise, including a 17-37-9 record away from home.

COLORADO AVALANCHE NOTES:
Joe Sakic, last year’s Hart Trophy winner as the NHL’s MVP, is third in the league in scoring so far this season with 12 points (5g, 7a).

CAROLINA / MINNESOTA SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Minnesota Wild meet for the first of two matchups this season on Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center. The two teams meet again on Jan. 15 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Carolina and Minnesota met once last year during the Wild’s inaugural season, playing to a 1-1 tie at Xcel Energy Center. Jeff O’Neill scored the lone goal for Carolina and Scott Pellerin, who Minnesota traded later in the season to Carolina, had the Wild goal against the Hurricanes.

MINNESOTA WILD NOTES:
The second-year Wild are off to a torrid start to begin the 2001-02 season and have yet to lose in regulation this year (3-0-3-1). The Wild have four days off prior to playing the Hurricanes on Wednesday. The Hurricanes play the night before.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
92 O’Neill8549
10 Francis8088
24 Kapanen 6426

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe52.603-2-0.909
35 Barrasso31.961-2-0.934

COLORADO GPGATP
19 Sakic85712
4 Blake8347
23 Hejduk8257

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
33 Roy72.724-3-0.904
1 Aebischer14.000-1-0.818

MINNESOTA GPGATP
10 Gaborik6268
34 Dowd7257
22 Roest7516
15 Brunette7246

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
30 Roloson32.211-0-2.929
35 Fernandez42.442-1-1.922

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