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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at TORONTO

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (24-21-11-5, 64 pts.)

AT
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (31-18-5-4, 71 pts.)
Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes play the fourth of eight consecutive games on the road and their first game back after the Olympic Break as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Hurricanes are 1-2 during the road stretch as they defeated Anaheim and fell at Los Angeles and San Jose prior to the Olympics. Carolina will not play a home game between Feb. 5 and March 8, a span of 31 days. After Toronto, Carolina will play games at Boston, Montreal, Chicago and Pittsburgh before returning home on March 8 against Washington.
The Carolina Hurricanes currently lead the league in team faceoff percentage (55.4%). Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour was ranked second in the league in faceoff percentage through games of Feb. 25 at 59.8%. Kevyn Adams was sixth at 58.1% and Ron Francis was tied for seventh at 57.5%.

PRACTICE TIMES

Feb. 26 Tuesday Air Canada Centre
11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 27 Wednesday Lakeshore Arena, Toronto
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Feb. 28 Thursday FleetCenter, Boston
11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
March 1 Friday Molson Centre, Montreal
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
March 2 Saturday Molson Centre, Montreal
11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.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
Three members of the Carolina Hurricanes participated in the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Hurricanes netminder Arturs Irbe made his Olympic debut for Latvia against Germany on Feb. 12. Germany defeated Latvia 4-1 in the game, eliminating Latvia from final round contention. Hurricanes forward Sami Kapanen played four games for Finland, registering one goal and two assists. Goaltender Tom Barrasso started one game in net for the United States, finishing the tournament with a record of 1-0-0, a goals against average of 1.00 and a save percentage of .923.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-11-7-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 12-10-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 43-of-282 (15.2%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 209-of-253 (82.6%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Bret Hedican missed the game at San Jose (2/10) due to a strained back. He is day-to-day.
Forward Martin Gelinas missed the game at San Jose (2/10) due to a concussion.
Forward Tommy Westlund missed the game at San Jose (2/10) with a back injury. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Feb. 9 retroactive to Jan. 18.
Center Rod Brind’Amour missed the game at San Jose (2/10) due to an injury to his left eye. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / TORONTO NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet tonight for the fourth and final regular season matchup this season. The road teams won the first two games and the Hurricanes took the last meeting Dec. 26 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena 4-3 behind two goals by Martin Gelinas. Carolina won at Air Canada Centre 5-2 on Nov. 27 thanks to Sami Kapanen’s third career hat trick. Toronto ruined Tom Barrasso’s first regular season start for the Hurricanes with a 3-2 victory in Raleigh on Oct. 11. Kapanen has four goals and an assist in the three games. Bates Battaglia and Gelinas each have two goals. Mats Sundin leads Toronto with three goals and two assists against the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes lead the all-time series with Toronto 34-20-10-0, including a 15-11-5-0 mark on the road.

TORONTO NOTES
The Toronto Maple Leafs come out of the Olympic break in second place in the Northeast Division, trailing first-place Boston by four points. Maple Leafs center Mats Sundin leads the NHL in power play goals this season with eight. Toronto has scored 172 goals through its first 58 games, fifth most in the NHL.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
  GP G A TP
10 Francis 61 18 35 53
24 Kapanen 58 21 30 51
92 O'Neill 57 22 26 48
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Barrasso 33 2.67 12-12-5 .905
1 Irbe 33 2.85 12-14-6 .895
 
TORONTO
  GP G A TP
13 Sundin 58 31 26 57
19 Renberg 56 10 34 44
89 Mogilny 50 17 26 43
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
31 Joseph 49 2.26 27-17-5 .904
35 Schwab 10 3.27 4-5-0 .879

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