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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at TORONTO

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (11-9-4-2, 28 pts.)

vs.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (13-6-2-3, 31 pts.)
Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes open a three-game road trip as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Hurricanes play the New York Rangers on Thursday and the Washington Capitals on Friday before returning to Raleigh. Carolina is currently in a stretch of six games in 10 days. The Hurricanes have won just once in their last seven games (1-3-3-0).

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Nov. 27 Air Canada Centre 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 28 Lakeshore Arena, Toronto 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 29 Madison Square Garden 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 30 MCI Center 11:30 a.m.; - 12:30 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
Television: None
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:
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 65 points (28g, 37a) through 26 games. O’Neill was fourth in the league in goals (14) through Nov. 25. Francis (3g, 17a) was tied for fourth in the league in assists (17). Kapanen has 22 points (11g, 11a) in 24 games played. Carolina goaltender Tom Barrasso was ranked fifth in the NHL in save percentage (.928) through Nov. 25.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-5-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 3-4-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 11-of-128 (8.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 101-of-125 (80.8%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Tommy Westlund has missed the last two games with back spasms and is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / TORONTO SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet Tuesday for the second of four match-ups this season. Toronto won the first meeting this season, defeating Carolina 3-2 on Oct. 11 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Tom Barrasso’s Carolina debut. The Maple Leafs won last year’s season series 2-1-0, with the two teams splitting their games in Raleigh. The Hurricanes win came on Nov. 10 by the score of 3-1, two days after the Leafs had shutout the Hurricanes 5-0 at Air Canada Centre. Mats Sundin led all scorers in last year’s season series with 4 points (1g, 3a) in three games. Jeff O’Neill scored a pair of goals against Toronto in 2000-01. The Hurricanes lead the all-time series with Toronto 32-20-10, including a 17-10-5 record at home and a 15-10-5 mark in Toronto.

TORONTO NOTES:
The Northeast Division leading Maple Leafs are unbeaten in their last eight home games (7-0-1) and boast the league’s sixth best home mark of 8-2-1-0. They’ve outscored the opposition 37-18 at Air Canada Centre. Goaltender Curtis Joseph is tied for third in the league with 12 wins and three shutouts. Center Mats Sundin leads Toronto in scoring with 21 points (11g, 10a) and is tied with right winger Jonas Hoglund for the team lead in plus/minus at +11. Former Carolina left winger Gary Roberts has four goals and eight assists. Toronto’s power play is 25th in the NHL at 11.6 percent (11 of 95) while its penalty kill has been successful at an 87.4 percent rate (90 of 103).

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
92 O’Neill2614923
24 Kapanen24111122
10 Francis2631720

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe142.847-6-1.898
35 Barrasso122.024-5-3.928

TORONTOGPGATP
13 Sundin24111021
19 Renberg2451419
14 Hoglund2461117

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
31 Joseph212.1212-7-2.913
35 Schwab32.701-2-0.906

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