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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES AT SAN JOSE

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (24-20-11-5, 64 pts.)

AT
SAN JOSE SHARKS (28-17-7-3, 66 pts.)
Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 p.m. (EST) at Compaq Center

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes play the third of eight consecutive games on the road and conclude a three-game West Coast swing as they take on the San Jose Sharks at Compaq Center. The Hurricanes opened the road trip with a 2-1 loss at Los Angeles on Thursday, before capturing a 4-1 win at Anaheim on Friday night. Carolina will not play a home game between Feb. 5 and March 8, a span of 31 days. The Hurricanes head into the Olympic Break following Sunday’s game at San Jose. They return to practice at the RecZone in Raleigh on Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. The Hurricanes complete February with a road trip that takes them to Toronto, Boston, Montreal, Chicago and Pittsburgh before returning home on March 8 against Washington.
The Hurricanes recalled forwards Craig Adams and Craig MacDonald from Lowell of the American Hockey League (AHL) on Saturday. The team placed left wing Martin Gelinas and right wing Tommy Westlund on injured reserve, retroactive to the date of their injuries. Gelinas has not played since suffering a concussion against the Florida Panthers on Jan. 25. Westlund has not played since Jan. 17 due to a back injury. Adams was reassigned to Lowell on Jan. 16 after beginning the season with Carolina. In 12 games with the Lock Monsters, he totaled six points (3g, 3a) and 37 penalty minutes. Prior to his reassignment, he had played 26 games with Carolina this season without registering a point. MacDonald has yet to play for the Hurricanes this season. In 55 games with Lowell this year, MacDonald tallied 32 points (15g, 17a) and 59 penalty minutes.

PRACTICE TIMES
Feb. 10 Sunday Compaq Center at San Jose 10:30 a.m – 11:30 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: NHL Center Ice
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
Hurricanes netminder Arturs Irbe was scheduled to make his Olympic debut for Latvia on Saturday night in Salt Lake City against Austria. Latvia is part of the eight-team qualifying round, from which two teams will advance to the final round. Irbe will miss Latvia’s game against Slovakia on Sunday due to the conflict with the Hurricanes’ game against San Jose. He will be eligible to play in Latvia’s final qualifying game on Feb. 12 against Germany. Hurricanes forward Sami Kapanen (Finland) and goaltender Tom Barrasso (United States) have also been named to their respective nations’ Olympic teams.
The Carolina Hurricanes currently lead the league in team faceoff percentage (55.3%). Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour was ranked tied for second in the league in faceoff percentage through games of Feb. 8 at 59.8%. Kevyn Adams was sixth at 57.7% and Ron Francis was tied for seventh at 57.4%.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-11-7-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 12-9-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 43-of-278 (15.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 206-of-249 (82.7%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Bret Hedican missed the game at Anaheim (2/8) due to a strained back.
Forward Martin Gelinas missed the game at Anaheim (2/8) due to a concussion. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Feb. 9 retroactive to Jan. 26.
Forward Tommy Westlund missed the game at Anaheim (2/8) with a back injury. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Feb. 9 retroactive to Jan. 18.
Forward Sami Kapanen left the game at Anaheim (2/8) with a lacerated hand. He is day-to-day.
Center Rod Brind’Amour left the game at Anaheim (2/8) due to an injury to his left eye. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / SAN JOSE NOTES
The Sharks and the Hurricanes meet for the second of two matchups this season and the only time at Compaq Center. The Hurricanes defeated the Sharks 3-2 in Raleigh on Nov. 9, as center Rod Brind’Amour notched the game-winner at the 17:35 mark of the third period. Arturs Irbe stopped 29 of 31 shots to earn the win. Last season the Sharks won both meetings against Carolina by a combined 7-3 score. Niklas Sundstrom led all scorers with a goal and three assists last season against the Hurricanes. Carolina trails the all-time series 9-10-0-0, including a 4-5-0-0 mark in San Jose.

SAN JOSE NOTES
The San Jose Sharks currently sit atop the Pacific Division, four points ahead of second-place Los Angeles. The Sharks are 15-7-2-2 at Compaq Center this season after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday. Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov stopped 26 shots in the win against Chicago, moving into a tie for first place on San Jose’s all-time win list with current Carolina netminder Arturs Irbe (57).

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES* GP G A TP
10 Francis 60 18 35 53
24 Kapanen 58 21 30 51
92 O’Neill 56 22 26 48

GOALTENDERS GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Barrasso 32 2.62 12-11-5 .907
1 Irbe 33 2.85 12-14-6 .895

SAN JOSE GP G A TP
11 Nolan 50 13 26 39
18 Ricci 55 14 24 38
25 Damphousse 55 14 23 37

GOALTENDERS GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Nabokov 45 2.35 23-16-5 .917
37 Kiprusoff 14 2.69 5-4-2 .908

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