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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. MINNESOTA

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (21-17-5-5, 52 pts.)
vs.
MINNESOTA WILD (16-19-8-3, 43 pts.)
Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes return home to the Entertainment & Sports Arena for a pair of home games this week, beginning Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild. The Hurricanes face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday in Raleigh. Carolina completed a two-game road trip in Western Canada on Saturday night, falling to the Vancouver Canucks 7-1 at General Motors Place. The loss marked Carolina’s first regulation road defeat since Nov. 30 at Washington, a span of nine games (6-0-1-2).

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Jan. 15ESA10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 16ESA11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 17ESA10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.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:
Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour had another assist on Saturday in Vancouver and now has points in six of his last seven games (2g, 7a). Brind’Amour has been one of the league’s top players since the start of December. He is tied for third in the league in scoring since Dec. 1 with 24 points (7g, 17a) in 19 games. Only Boston’s Joe Thornton (9+16=25) and Toronto’s Alexander Mogilny (8+17=25) have more points during that span. Hurricanes captain Ron Francis is now just four assists shy of tying Ray Bourque for second on the NHL’s all-time assist list.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 11-10-2-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-7-3-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 36-of-230 (15.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 167-of-207 (80.7%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Left wing Chris Dingman missed the Hurricanes’ last game at Vancouver (1/12) with a left knee injury.

CAROLINA / MINNESOTA NOTES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Minnesota Wild meet for the first time ever at the Entertainment & Sports Arena and the second of two matchups this season on Tuesday night. The Hurricanes defeated the Wild 7-3 on Oct. 24 at Xcel Energy Center. Ron Francis had a four-point game (2g, 2a) and Jeff O’Neill notched two goals and an assist. Carolina and Minnesota met once last year during the Wild’s inaugural season, playing to a 1-1 tie at Xcel Energy Center. Jeff O’Neill scored the lone goal for Carolina and Scott Pellerin, who Minnesota traded later in the season to Carolina, had the Wild's goal against the Hurricanes.

MINNESOTA NOTES:
The Minnesota Wild enter Tuesday’s game on a three-game winless streak (0-1-2) following Sunday's 3-1 loss to Dallas. The Wild, who had the NHL's top power play earlier this season, are in a 1-for-23 slump with the extra attacker.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
24 Kapanen 46192746
10 Francis48142842
92 O’Neill44191938
17 Brind’Amour48132437

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
35 Barrasso272.6411-10-4.909
1 Irbe233.1710-12-1.884

MINNESOTAGPGATP
10 Gaborik42162541
15 Brunette45132841
34 Dowd46111627

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
30 Roloson262.718-11-5.907
35 Fernandez243.048-11-3.892

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