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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at OTTAWA

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (32-24-14-5, 83 pts.)

vs
OTTAWA SENATORS (37-24-8-7, 89 pts.)
Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Corel Centre in Kanata, Ontario

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes complete a two-game road stretch as they travel to Ottawa to take on the Senators at the Corel Centre. The Hurricanes defeated the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins at FleetCenter on Saturday, 2-0. Carolina has lost just twice in its last 13 games (8-2-3) and currently sits in first place in the Southeast Division (83 points). The Hurricanes have been alone atop the division since Oct. 26, 2001.
The Hurricanes have played some of their best hockey of the season in the 14 games since the Olympic Break. Carolina is 8-3-3 since the break, outscoring opponents 39-28 and outshooting opponents 409-319. The Hurricanes are 13-of-71 (18.3%) on the power play and 47-of-55 (85.5%) on the penalty kill during that span. Ten of the 14 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 six-point lead over the second-place Washingon Capitals as Carolina attempts to capture its second division title in four years. The Hurricanes have seven games remaining and play four of their remaining seven games on the road:
Carolina (83 points, seven games remaining): 4/2 at OTT, 4/3 vs. NJD, 4/7 vs. ATL, 4/8 at NYI, 4/10 vs. TBL, 4/12 at FLA, 4/14 at ATL.
Washington (77 points, six games remaining): 4/3 vs. TBL, 4/5 vs. OTT, 4/6 at NYI, 4/9 vs. CHI, 4/12 at BUF, 4/13 vs. NJD.

PRACTICE TIMES

April 2 Tuesday Corel Center 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
April 3 Wednesday ESA 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
April 4 Thursday ESA 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 5 Friday ESA 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 6 Saturday RecZone 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
April 7 Sunday ESA 9 - 10 a.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
Netminder Arturs Irbe is 6-3-3 since the Olympic Break with a goals against average of 1.97 (731 mins, 24 ga) and a save percentage of .907 (258 shots against, 24 goals). Team captain and center Ron Francis has 18 points (7g, 11a) in the 14 games since the break.
Irbe surpassed Mike Liut (115) for first on the franchise’s all-time victories list with his 116th win with the Hurricanes on March 30 at Boston. The 2-0 victory also marked Irbe’s franchise-leading 20th shutout. Irbe is second in franchise history in goals against average (2.42).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 14-12-10-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 18-12-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 56-of-353 (15.9%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 256-of-308 (83.1%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Forward Tommy Westlund missed the game at Boston (3/30) with a back injury. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Feb. 9 retroactive to Jan. 18.
Forward Jeff Daniels missed the game at Boston (3/30) with a concussion. He is day-to-day.
Forward Darren Langdon missed the game at Boston (3/30) due to a shoulder injury. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / OTTAWA NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Ottawa Senators meet for the final of four matches this season. The Senators currently lead the season series 2-0-1 after defeating Carolina 5-1 on Dec. 18 in Raleigh. Ottawa and Carolina played to a 1-1 tie at Corel Centre on Nov. 15. The Senators defeated the Hurricanes 6-2 in the two 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. Carolina is 28-13-6 all-time against Ottawa, including a 16-6-2 record at home and a 12-8-4 road record.

OTTAWA NOTES
The Ottawa Senators are currently tied for second place in the Northeast Division and occupy the fifth slot in the Eastern Conference with 89 points. Ottawa is five points behind Eastern Conference and Northeast Division leader Boston, and six points ahead of the currently sixth-seeded New York Islanders.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
  GP G A TP
10 Francis 75 25 46 71
24 Kapanen 72 26 39 65
92 O'Neill 71 27 31 58
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 45 2.60 18-17-9 .900
80 Weekes 20 2.83 4-9-0 .914
 
OTTAWA
  GP G A TP
14 Bonk 76 24 43 67
11 Alfredsson 72 36 30 66
18 Hossa 75 28 34 62
9 Havlat 72 22 28 50
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
40 Lalime 56 2.44 26-22-7 .904
35 Hurme 23 2.59 11-8-1 .904

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