NEW YORK RANGERS (14-9-2-1, 31 pts.)* Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. at Madison Square Garden
WASHINGTON CAPITALS (9-12-3-0, 21 pts.)*Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:00 p.m. at MCI Center
The Carolina Hurricanes play the second game of a three-game road trip as they take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Hurricanes play the Washington Capitals on Friday before returning to Raleigh for a Sunday afternoon rematch against the Capitals. Carolina is currently in a stretch of four games in six days. The Hurricanes snapped a four-game road winless streak (0-2-2) with Tuesday’s 5-2 victory at Toronto.
PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Nov. 29MSG10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 30MCI Center11:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.
Dec. 1RecZone11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 2ESA9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Dec. 3ESA11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
ON THE AIR:
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).
Sami Kapanen moved into a tie for sixth in the NHL in scoring with 25 points and a tie for fifth in goals with 14 through Nov. 27 after recording his third career hat trick Tuesday night at Toronto. Kapanen has 25 points (14g, 11a) in 25 games played… Jeff O’Neill is tied for fifth in goals (14) while Ron Francis was tied for second in the league in assists (18). Carolina goaltender Tom Barrasso is tied for fifth in the NHL in goals against average (2.02) and tied for fourth in save percentage (.928) through Nov. 27… The Hurricanes have outscored the opposition 33-31 on the road this season… With a power play goal at Toronto, Carolina snapped a 0-for-25 scoreless streak with the man advantage.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-5-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 4-4-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 12-of-132 (9.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 104-of-129 (80.6%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report.
CAROLINA / NY RANGERS SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers meet for the third time this season Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. The Hurricanes won the first two meetings between the teams, both at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. The teams opened the season Oct. 5 at the ESA and the Hurricanes came away with a 3-1 victory thanks to goals by Sandis Ozolinsh (just 28 seconds into the game), Darren Langdon and Sami Kapanen. Kapanen then scored twice in leading Carolina to a 3-2 win on Nov. 2. The teams will play once more at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 10. Carolina trails the all-time series 35-37-6-0 and is 13-23-3-0 at MSG. However, the Hurricanes have won their last two games in New York City.
NY RANGERS NOTES:
The Rangers are 6-2-1-1 in their last 10 games, but are 0-2-1 in their last three, after tying at Buffalo 2-2 on Tuesday night. New York now boasts one of the top scoring lines in the league in center Eric Lindros (13-13-26), who is tied for fifth in the league in scoring through Nov. 27, and wingers Theo Fleury (9-16-25) and Michael York (10-13-23).
CAROLINA / WASHINGTON SERIES:
The Capitals and the Hurricanes meet for the second of five matchups this season and the second of three at MCI Center. Carolina overcame a 2-0 deficit with three third-period goals to defeat the Capitals 3-2 on Nov. 8. Sami Kapanen scored twice and Jeff O’Neill had the game-winner at 14:57 of the third period. Tom Barrasso was named the game’s No. 1 star with a sterling 34-save performance. The Hurricanes are 27-43-11-0 all-time against the Capitals, 13-24-3-0 on the road.
WASHINGTON CAPITALS NOTES:
Washington went into Wednesday night’s home game against Buffalo nine points behind Carolina, but have three games in hand… Sergei Gonchar (8 goals, 13 assists) was tied for second in defenseman scoring with Brian Leetch of the New York Rangers with 21 points. Right winger Peter Bondra was tied for fifth in the league with 14 goals. Jaromir Jagr took a five-game assist streak into Wednesday’s game.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
24 Kapanen 25141125
16 York 26101323