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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at MONTREAL

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (28-22-13-5, 74 pts.)

vs
MONTREAL CANADIENS (27-27-10-3, 67 pts.)
Saturday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Molson Centre, Montreal

GAME NIGHT

PRACTICE TIMES

March 16 Saturday Molson Centre 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
March 17 Sunday RecZone 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
March 18 Monday ESA 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
March 19 Tuesday ESA 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
March 20 Wednesday RecZone 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 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
The Hurricanes dealt goaltender Tom Barrasso to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday for a fourth-round pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Barrasso, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, was 13-12-5 with a 2.61 goals against average and .906 save percentage for the Hurricanes. Captain Ron Francis was fourth in the NHL this season in assists (41) and tied for fourth in points (65) through games of March 14. He was first in power play points (35) and tied for first in power play assists (24). Francis is tied for fifth in power play goals (11).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-11-9-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 16-11-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 50-of-322 (15.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 233-of-283 (82.3%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Forward Tommy Westlund missed the game vs. Calgary (3/11) with a back injury. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Feb. 9 retroactive to Jan. 18.

CAROLINA / MONTREAL NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens meet Saturday for the third of four matchups this season. The two meet once more during the month of March, a conclusion of a home-and-home series Monday night in Raleigh. Carolina and Montreal played to a 1-1 tie in their first matchup this season at the Entertainment & Sports Arena on Jan. 17 as defenseman Glen Wesley scored the Hurricanes’ lone goal and Arturs Irbe stopped 19 of 20 shots. Carolina then came back from a pair of two-goal deficits to beat Montreal at the Molson Centre 4-3 on March 2. Jeff O’Neill scored the game-winner with 2:05 left in the game. The Canadiens won three of the four games between the two teams last season, with the Hurricanes’ only win coming in overtime on Jan. 16 in Montreal. The Canadiens lead the all-time regular season series 81-45-17 and are 35-28-10 on the road and 46-16-7-1 against the Hurricanes franchise at home.

MONTREAL NOTES
Montreal is winless in its last four contests (0-2-2) after blowing a 3-1 third-period lead Thursday at the Molson Center in a 3-3 tie with Dallas. Enforcer Gino Odjuck missed Thursday’s game with a deep bruise to his left foot. Montreal sits one point behind the New York Rangers for the eighth, and final, Eastern Conference playoff spot. Montreal has a game in hand on the Rangers. The Canadiens are fifth in the conference in home success with a 16-11-6-1 home mark.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
  GP G A TP
10 Francis 68 24 41 65
24 Kapanen 65 23 36 59
92 O'Neill 64 25 30 55
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 39 2.75 15-15-8 .896
80 Weekes 19 2.89 3-9-0 .915
 
MONTREAL
  GP G A TP
94 Perreault 67 22 24 46
14 Petrov 61 21 13 34
20 Zednik 67 16 18 34
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Michaud 1 0.00 0-0-0 1.000
60 Theodore 53 2.23 21-21-8 .926
30 Garon 5 4.37 1-4-0 .871


The Carolina Hurricanes travel to Canada to take on the Montreal Canadiens for the second time in the past three Saturday evenings at the Molson Centre. The two teams will finish their regular season series Monday night at the Entertainment & Sports Arena.
Carolina finished a two-game homestand with a 3-3 tie against the Calgary Flames at the Entertainment & Sports Arena on March 11. It was the Hurricanes’ sixth straight home tie, which is an NHL record according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Several teams have had five straight home games end in ties, with the last being the 1997-98 Buffalo Sabres. Carolina is winless in its last eight home games (0-1-7) and has not won at home since Jan. 15, a 2-0 win against Minnesota.
The Hurricanes, who are coming off a season-high four days between games, enter the game on a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2), which matches the team’s longest streak of the season. Carolina was 4-0-2 from Nov. 2-11, 2001. The Hurricanes’ last loss came on Feb. 26 at Toronto, 4-1.
Carolina currently sits in first place in the Southeast Division, and led the second-place Washington Capitals by nine points heading into Washington’s game at San Jose on Friday.
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