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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at ST. LOUIS and vs. NY RANGERS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (6-5-0-2, 14 pts.)
vs.
ST. LOUIS BLUES (4-3-3-0, 11 pts.)*
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001 at 8:00 p.m. (EST) at Savvis Center
and
NEW YORK RANGERS (6-5-1-0, 13 pts.)*
Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena
All stats through Oct. 30

GAME NIGHT:The Carolina Hurricanes play the first half of back-to-back games Thursday as they make their only regular season visit this season to St. Louis to play the Blues at Savvis Center. Following Thursday’s game, Carolina travels home to face the New York Rangers Friday night at the Entertainment & Sports Arena.

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Nov. 1Savvis Center11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 2ESA11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 3RecZone11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
Television: Both games on Fox Sports South/Comcast SportsNet
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:
The Hurricanes finished October with their second best point total (14) for the month in team history. The team record of 19 points (8-4-3) was set in 1986-87. This is the third set of 15 back-to-back games this season. Carolina has a 1-2-0-1 record in the first game and 0-2-0-0 mark in the second. Sami Kapanen, who is third on the Hurricanes in points (13), has a five-game point streak (2g, 4a) that matches his team season high and personal career high. Jeff O’Neill leads the team in goals (8) and is tied with Ron Francis for the team lead in points (15). Francis is tied for the NHL lead with 12 assists. Josef Vasicek has three goals in his last four games (3g, 1a) and five goals in his last seven games (5g, 1a).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 4-4-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 2-1-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 6-of-69 (8.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 62-of-74 (83.9%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report

CAROLINA / ST. LOUIS SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the St. Louis Blues meet for the only time this season at Savvis Center. The Blues won last year’s season series 1-0-1, taking a 4-1 victory at the ESA on Oct. 29, 2000 and earning a 2-2 tie at Savvis Center on April 3, 2001. Sami Kapanen led Carolina with two assists. Scott Young scored twice and had an assist for the Blues to lead all scorers. Chris Pronger had a goal and two assists for St. Louis. The Hurricanes franchise is 20-33-5-0 all-time in regular season contests against St. Louis, 9-18-3-0 on the road.

ST. LOUIS BLUES NOTES:
St. Louis will play at Colorado Wednesday night before traveling home to take on Carolina. The Blues entered Wednesday’s game ranked 12th in the NHL on the power play (16.7%) and 22nd on the penalty kill (82.2%). Since moving into the Savvis Center in 1994-95, St. Louis has a .601 winning percentage (146-90-39). This is St. Louis’ first set of back-to-back games. In the Blues’ first 10 games, seven have been decided by one goal, including five overtime contests.

CAROLINA / NEW YORK RANGERS SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers meet for the second of four matchups this season, and the final meeting at the ESA. The teams opened the season with a 3-1 Carolina victory on Oct. 5. Sandis Ozolinsh opened the scoring just 28 seconds into the season. Arturs Irbe stopped 29 of 30 shots to pick up the victory. Carolina is 34-37-6-0 all-time against the Rangers, 21-14-3-0 at home.

NEW YORK RANGERS NOTES:
New York play host to the Florida Panthers Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. The game against Carolina will begin the second set of back-to-back games for the Rangers as New York will play at Florida on Saturday night. Right winger Theoren Fleury became the 61st player in NHL history to record 1,000 points with two assists Monday against Dallas.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
92 O’Neill138715
10 Francis1331215
24 Kapanen 116713

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe72.854-3-0.900
35 Barrasso62.622-4-0.897

ST. LOUIS GPGATP
39 Weight104913
38 Demitra107512
7 Tkachuk104711

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
40 Brathwaite62.282-2-2.899
35 Johnson42.662-1-1.875

NEW YORK GPGATP
2 Leetch124610
93 Nedved123710
18 Ciger12369

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
35 Richter83.174-3-1.914
31 Blackburn53.242-2-0.898

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