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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at OTTAWA

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (10-7-2-2, 24 pts.)
vs.
OTTAWA SENATORS (10-6-1-0, 21 pts.)
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. at Corel Centre

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes play the second game of a three-game road trip as they visit the Corel Centre to take on the Ottawa Senators. The trip is the longest of the season to this point for the Hurricanes, who have played just seven games on the road. The Hurricanes fell to the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena, ending their six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2).

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Nov. 15Corel Centre11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 16Ice Palace2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Nov. 17Ice Palace11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
Television: Comcast SportsNet/ 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); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem).
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES:
Carolina’s top scoring line of Jeff O’Neill, Ron Francis and Sami Kapanen was the top scoring line in the NHL through games of Nov. 13 (27g, 36a). O’Neill was tied for second in the league in goals (13) and was tied for third in the NHL in scoring (22 points) through Nov. 13. Francis (3g, 17a) was tied for 11th in the NHL in scoring and led the league in assists (17) and power play assists (9). Kapanen (11g, 10a) was tied for fifth in the league in scoring and goals.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 7-4-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 3-3-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 11-of-105 (10.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 90-of-110 (81.8%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Right wing Shane Willis missed the Hurricanes’ games vs. Edmonton (11/11) and at Detroit (11/13) due to a concussion. He is day-to-day.

Forward Chris Dingman missed the Hurricanes’ game vs. Edmonton (11/11) and at Detroit (11/13) due to a groin injury. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / OTTAWA SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Ottawa Senators meet for the second of four matches this season. The Senators defeated the Hurricanes 6-2 in the teams’ first meeting on Oct. 9 in Raleigh. Carolina won last year’s season series 3-1-0, blanking the Senators twice by 4-0 and 1-0 scores and winning the final meeting 3-2 in Ottawa on April 1 in overtime on a Shane Willis goal. Willis had the game-winning goal in all three Carolina victories and led all players with four goals and one assist last season against Ottawa. Jeff O’Neill (2g, 1a) and Ron Francis (0g, 3a) were tied for second on Carolina in scoring against the Senators. Arturs Irbe was in net for all four meetings and had a 1.00 goals against average and .960 save percentage. Carolina is 28-12-5 all-time against Ottawa, including a 16-5-2 record at home and a 12-8-3 road record.

OTTAWA SENATORS NOTES:
The Ottawa Senators scored a franchise record 11-goals in an 11-5 drubbing of the Washington Capitals at MCI Center on Tuesday. The Senators are currently on a franchise record seven-game win streak. Ottawa has not lost in the nine games it has scored first.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
92 O’Neill2113922
10 Francis2131720
24 Kapanen 19111021

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe122.826-5-1.901
35 Barrasso92.074-4-1.923

OTTAWAGPGATP11 Alfredsson1791120
18 Hossa1771017
9 Havlat177815
14 Bonk1741115

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
35 Hurme72.375-2-0.923
40 Lalime112.525-4-1.899

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