The Carolina Hurricanes play the final game of a three-game homestand on Tuesday night as they host the Detroit Red Wings at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. Each of the first two games of the homestand has gone to overtime, with the Hurricanes defeating Los Angeles 3-2 in OT on Sunday and falling to the New York Islanders 3-2 in overtime on Friday. Sami Kapanen scored the overtime winner against Los Angeles and had two assists in the game. Kapanen has a point in all four games he has played since missing two games with a back injury (1g, 4a). Josef Vasicek is currently riding a three-game goal streak (3g, 1a) and has goals in five of his last six games (5g, 1a).
PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Oct. 30ESA10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 31ESA11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 1Savvis Center11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CT)
ON THE AIR:
Local Television: Comcast Sports Net/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); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem).
The Hurricanes have 14 points after 12 games this season, matching the franchise best after 12 games. In 1996-97 and 1991-92, the team was 6-4-2 after 12 games for 14 points. The franchise best after 13 games is 15 points, set in 1998-99 (6-4-3) and 1986-87 (6-4-3).
Jeff O’Neill (8g, 6a) and Ron Francis (2g, 12a) are tied for fourth in the NHL in scoring with 14 points through Oct. 28. O’Neill is tied for fourth in goals (8) and Francis is tied for first in assists (12). Goaltender Tom Barrasso will pass Rogie Vachon for sole possession of 10th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list with his next victory. The Hurricanes have scored two goals in their last 46 power-play opportunities.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 4-3-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 2-1-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 6-of-63 (9.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 59-of-71 (83.1%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report.
CAROLINA / DETROIT SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Detroit Red Wings meet for the first of two matchups this season. The two teams meet again in two weeks (Nov. 13) at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings defeated the Hurricanes in their only meeting last season, 4-3 in overtime on Valentine’s Day in Detroit. Glen Wesley (1g, 2a) and Rod Brind’Amour (0g, 3a) led all scorers in the game with three points. Sergei Fedorov netted a pair of goals including the overtime game-winner. The Hurricanes franchise is 23-25-7-1 all-time against Detroit, including a 16-10-1-0 record at home and a 7-15-6-1 record on the road.
The Detroit Red Wings (9-2-0-0) are tied with the NY Islanders and Calgary Flames for the most points in the National Hockey League with 18. Forward Brendan Shanahan is tied for second in the NHL in scoring with 15 points (8g, 7a). Dominik Hasek, who the Red Wings signed as a free agent in the off-season, is second in the league in wins with seven.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
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