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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at CHICAGO

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (26-22-11-5, 68 pts.)

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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (34-20-9-0, 77 pts.)
Tuesday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. (EST) at the United Center

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes play the seventh of eight consecutive games on the road as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. The Hurricanes are 3-3 during the road stretch after scoring three third-period goals to come back from a two-goal deficit for a 4-3 win at Montreal on Saturday night. Carolina defeated the Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins 6-2 at FleetCenter on Feb. 28 and fell to Toronto 4-1 on Feb. 26. Carolina opened the road stretch prior to the Olympic Break, defeating Anaheim and falling at Los Angeles and San Jose. Carolina will not play a home game between Feb. 5 and March 8, a span of 31 days. After Chicago, Carolina will complete the road trip at Pittsburgh before returning to the Entertainment & Sports Arena on March 8 against Washington.

The Hurricanes have now won two straight after winning just twice in the previous 13 games. It marks the third time this season the Hurricanes have won two consecutive road games. Carolina has yet to win three straight on the road this year. Carolina currently sits in first place in the Southeast Division, and led the second-place Washington Capitals by eight points heading into Washington’s game against Toronto on Monday night.

PRACTICE TIMES

March 5 Tuesday United Center 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
March 6 Wednesday Southpointe (Pittsburgh) 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
March 7 Thursday Mellon Arena 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
March 8 Friday ESA 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
March 9 Saturday ESA 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
March 10 Sunday ESA 12 noon - 2 p.m.
March 11 Monday ESA 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net
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
Hurricanes captain Ron Francis assisted on Jeff O’Neill’s game-winning goal with 2:05 left in the third period at Montreal on Saturday night, capping Carolina’s come-from-behind win. Francis has 17 points (5g, 12a) in the last 13 games and eight points (3g, 5a) in the last five games. He was eighth in the NHL in points (59), third in assists (40) and first in power-play points (31) and power-play assists (23) through games of March 3.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-11-7-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 14-11-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 45-of-304 (14.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 218-of-264 (82.6%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Forward Tommy Westlund missed the game at Montreal (3/2) with a back injury. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Feb. 9 retroactive to Jan. 18.

CAROLINA / CHICAGO NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Chicago Blackhawks meet for the only time this season on Tuesday in Chicago. The Hurricanes swept the teams’ two-game season series last year, winning 2-1 on Dec. 31, 2000 in Raleigh and 6-3 on March 4, 2001 in Chicago. Arturs Irbe earned both wins in net for Carolina, stopping 44 of 48 shots. Chicago native Bates Battaglia notched the game-winner in the New Year’s Eve game and Jeff O’Neill scored the game-winning goal on March 4. Chicago leads the all-time season series against the Hurricanes 28-22-6-0, including a 16-9-3 mark at home.

CHICAGO NOTES
The Chicago Blackhawks are currently in second place in the Central Division and own the second-most points in the Western Conference and the third-most points in the NHL. Chicago has lost just five of its 31 home games this season – tied with the Detroit Red Wings for fewest home losses in the league. Blackhawks leading scorer Alexei Zhamnov may miss Tuesday’s game against Carolina due to a hip injury. Zhamnov originally injured his hip while playing for Russia in the bronze medal game against Belarus.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
  GP G A TP
10 Francis 64 19 40 59
24 Kapanen 61 23 31 54
92 O'Neill 60 24 27 51
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Barrasso 33 2.67 12-12-5 .905
1 Irbe 36 2.83 14-15-6 .894
 
CHICAGO
  GP G A TP
13 Zhamnov 61 19 37 56
55 Daze 63 30 25 55
10 Amonte 62 23 32 55
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
29 Passmore 14 2.26 5-2-2 .897
41 Thibault 56 2.62 29-18-7 .897

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