The Carolina Hurricanes play the final game of a three-game road trip as they visit the Ice Palace to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Carolina is 0-1-1 on the current road trip, falling 4-3 to the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 13 and earning a 1-1 tie against the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 15. The Hurricanes have lost just once in their last eight games (4-1-3). With 25 points on the season, the Hurricanes are just two points off the franchise’s best point total through 22 games. The 1986-87 Hartford Whalers had 27 points through the first 22 games of the season. The Hurricanes are 8-0-1-1 in weekend games (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) this season including a 2-0-0-0 record on Saturday.
PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Nov. 17Ice Palace11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 18ESA11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Noc. 19ESA10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
ON THE AIR:
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).
Carolina’s top scoring line of Jeff O’Neill, Ron Francis and Sami Kapanen is one of the top scoring lines in the NHL this season, totaling 63 points (27g, 36a) through 22 games. O’Neill was tied for second in the league in goals (13) and was tied for fourth in the NHL in scoring (22 points) through Nov. 15. Francis (3g, 17a) was tied for 14th in the NHL in scoring and led the league in assists (17) and power play assists (9). Kapanen (11g, 10a) was tied for seventh in the league in scoring and goals. Carolina goaltender Tom Barrasso was ranked fourth in the NHL in goals against average (1.94) and save percentage (.930) through Nov. 15.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 7-4-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 3-3-1-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 11-of-108 (10.2%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 91-of-113 (81.4%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Forward Chris Dingman missed the Hurricanes’ game vs. Ottawa (11/15) due to a groin injury. He is day-to-day.
CAROLINA / TAMPA BAY SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet for the first of five matchups this season. Carolina won last year’s season series 3-2-0 with each team winning all of its home games. Ron Francis led all scorers in last year’s season series with seven points (3g, 4a). Jeff O’Neill (3g, 3a) and Martin Gelinas (3g, 1a) each had three goals for the Hurricanes against Tampa and Sami Kapanen notched five assists in the five games. Carolina leads the all-time series against Tampa Bay 20-11-6-0, and is 14-2-3-0 at home and 6-9-3-0 in Tampa.
TAMPA BAY NOTES:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have won just once in their last eight games, a 2-1 overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 10. Vincent Lecavalier has 12 points (6g, 6a) in 14 career games against the Hurricanes.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
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