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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. COLUMBUS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (10-8-3-2, 25 pts.)
vs.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (5-11-4-0, 14 pts.)
Monday, Nov. 19, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes return home after a three-game road trip to face the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. Carolina fell to Tampa Bay 2-0 at the Ice Palace to finish the three-game trip 0-2-1. The Hurricanes have lost just twice in their last eight games overall (4-2-3) and are riding a five-game home unbeaten streak (3-0-2). The loss to Tampa on Saturday was Carolina’s first weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) regulation loss of the season (8-1-1-1).

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Nov. 19ESA10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 20Reczone11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 21American Airlines Center11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
Television: None
Radio: 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:
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 23 games. O’Neill was tied for second in the league in goals (13) and was tied for seventh in the NHL in scoring (22 points) through Nov. 17. Francis (3g, 17a) was tied for 18th in the NHL in scoring and tied for first in the league in assists (17). Kapanen (11g, 10a) was tied for 12th in the league in scoring and 10th in goals. Carolina goaltender Tom Barrasso was ranked fifth in the NHL in goals against average (1.86) and sixth in save percentage (.932) through Nov. 17.

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:
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report.

CAROLINA / COLUMBUS SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet for the only time this season. The two teams split last year’s season series as Columbus played its inaugural season in the NHL. The Blue Jackets defeated the Hurricanes in the first meeting between the two teams, knocking off the Hurricanes 3-1 at Nationwide Arena on on Dec. 29, 2000. Carolina returned the favor with a 2-1 victory on March 7 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. Rod Brind’Amour led all Hurricanes scorers with two points (1g, 1a) against Columbus last season.

COLUMBUS NOTES:
The Blue Jackets, who did not earn their first win of the season until their eighth game, had a three-game win streak snapped Saturday night in Nashville. Columbus had won consecutive games against Boston, St. Louis and Anaheim.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
92 O’Neill2313922
10 Francis2331720
24 Kapanen 21111021

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe122.826-5-1.901
35 Barrasso111.864-5-2.932

COLUMBUSGPGATP
9 Vyborny202911
14 Whitney9459
21 Knutsen17189

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
30 Denis112.314-3-2.921
31 Tugnutt113.171-8-2.891

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