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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NY ISLANDERS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (32-25-15-5, 84 pts.)

vs
NEW YORK ISLANDERS (39-27-8-4, 90 pts.)
Monday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Nassau Coliseum

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes travel to New York to take on the Islanders in the second half of their final set of back-to-back games this season. The Hurricanes earned a 1-1 tie against the Thrashers on Sunday at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. Carolina has lost just four times in its last 16 games (8-4-4) and currently sits in first place in the Southeast Division (83 points), four points ahead of the Washington Capitals. The Hurricanes can seal the Southeast Division title with any combination of three points earned by Carolina or not earned by Washington.
The Hurricanes are 8-5-4 in the 17 games since the Olympic Break, outscoring opponents 45-36 and outshooting opponents 516-389. The Hurricanes are 16-of-87 (18.4%) on the power play and 55-of-65 (84.6%) on the penalty kill during that span. Twelve of the 17 games Carolina has played since the break have come against teams currently in position to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

THE RACE FOR THE SOUTHEAST
The Hurricanes currently hold an four-point lead over the second-place Washingon Capitals as Carolina attempts to capture its second division title in four years. The Hurricanes have four games remaining and play three of their remaining four games on the road:
Carolina (84 points, four games remaining): 4/8 at NYI, 4/10 vs. TBL, 4/12 at FLA, 4/14 at ATL.
Washington (80 points, three games remaining): 4/9 vs. CHI, 4/12 at BUF, 4/13 vs. NJD.

PRACTICE TIMES

April 9 Tuesday ESA 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 10 Wednesday ESA 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
April 11 Thursday ESA 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 12 Friday National Car Rental Center 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
April 13 Saturday Ice Forum, Atlanta 12 - 2 p.m.
April 14 Sunday Phillips Arena 11:30 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
Team captain and center Ron Francis recorded his 1700th career point with a goal against Atlanta yesterday. Francis has 23 points (8g, 15a) in the 17 games since the Olympic break. Francis is tied for fifth in the NHL in scoring (76 points), fourth in assists (50), first in power-play points (41), second in power-play assists (28), seventh in power-play goals (13) and sixth in faceoff percentage (58.4).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 14-13-11-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 18-13-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 59-of-369 (16.0%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 264-of-318 (83.0%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Glen Wesley suffered a separated right shoulder against New Jersey (4/3) and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.

CAROLINA / ISLANDERS NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders meet Monday night for the final of four match-ups this season. The two teams met three times in a 10-day span in October, with the Islanders taking all three games, two of them in overtime. New York shut out the Hurricanes 4-0 on Oct. 17 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena to open the season series and then beat the Hurricanes 2-1 in overtime on the next night at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders won the third meeting by a 3-2 count in overtime on Oct. 26 in Raleigh. Josef Vasicek leads all Hurricane scorers with a pair of goals against the Islanders this season. Mark Parrish (2g, 2a) and Alexei Yashin (1g, 3a) lead all scorers with four points.
Carolina won the regular season series last season against the Islanders with a record of 3-1-0. Carolina was 2-0 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena, winning 5-2 on Jan. 7 and 2-1 on March 18. Carolina beat New York at Nassau Coliseum 3-1 on March 1 and lost in their first visit to Long Island on Dec. 19, 2000 by a 2-1 score. Carolina is 36-33-9-2 all-time against the Islanders, including a 20-15-5-1 mark at home and a 16-18-4-1 record at Nassau Coliseum.

NY ISLANDERS NOTES
The Islanders clinched a spot in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 5-4 victory against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum. It marks the Islanders first trip to the postseason since 1994. It was the Islanders first win against Washington in five years.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
  GP G A TP
10 Francis 78 26 50 76
24 Kapanen 75 26 41 67
92 O'Neill 74 30 32 62
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 48 2.60 18-19-10 .899
80 Weekes 20 2.83 4-9-0 .914
 
NY ISLANDERS
  GP G A TP
79 Yashin 78 32 43 75
37 Parrish 74 30 29 59
27 Peca 76 24 35 59
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Osgood 63 2.56 30-24-6 .908
30 Snow 24 2.75 9-7-2 .899

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