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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. MONTREAL

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (22-17-5-5, 54 pts.)
vs.
MONTREAL CANADIENS (18-20-6-2, 44 pts.)*
Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena
*Through games of Jan. 15

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes complete a two-game homestand at the Entertainment & Sports Arena, facing-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday in Raleigh. Carolina began the homestand with a 2-0 win against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Hurricanes acquired defenseman Bret Hedican, center Kevyn Adams, defensive prospect Tomas Malec and a conditional second round draft pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh and center Byron Ritchie. Hedican had 10 points (3g, 7a) in 31 games for the Panthers this season. Adams had 12 points (4g, 8a) in 44 games for the Panthers in 2001-02. The Hurricanes also assigned forward Craig Adams to Lowell of the American Hockey League (AHL) on Wednesday.

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Jan. 17ESA10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 18Reczone11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jan. 19New Jersey11:30 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).
Internet: www.nhl.com.

CAROLINA NOTES:
Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour had another assist on Tuesday against Minnesota and now has points in seven of his last eight games (2g, 8a). Brind’Amour has been one of the league’s top players since the start of December. Since Dec. 1, Brind’Amour has tallied 25 points (7g, 18a) in 20 games. Only Boston’s Joe Thornton (9+16=25) and Toronto’s Alexander Mogilny (8+17=25) have as many 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 assists list.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-10-2-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-7-3-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 37-of-234 (15.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 172-of-212 (81.1%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Left wing Chris Dingman missed the Hurricanes’ last game at Vancouver (1/12) with a left knee injury.
Center Josef Vasicek missed the Hurricanes’ game against Minnesota due to a knee sprain.

CAROLINA / MONTREAL NOTES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens meet on Thursday for the first of four matchups this season. The two meet three more times in March (March 2 and March 16 in Montreal, March 18 in Raleigh). The Canadiens won three of the four games between the two teams last season, with the Hurricanes’ lone win coming in overtime on Jan. 16 in Montreal. Ron Francis (1g, 3a) and Josef Vasicek (1g, 3a) were Carolina’s leading scorers against the Canadiens last season, tallying four points each. The Canadiens lead the all-time regular season series 81-44-16 and are 35-28-0 on the road and 46-15-7-1 against the Hurricanes franchise at home.

MONTREAL NOTES:
The Montreal Canadiens complete a set of back-to-back games against Southeast Division opponents on Thursday against Carolina. The Canadiens play against the Washington Capitals at the Molson Centre in Montreal on Wednesday night. Canadiens RW Oleg Petrov notched a hat trick in Montreal’s 5-3 loss to the Flyers on Monday.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
24 Kapanen 47192847
10 Francis49142842
92 O’Neill45192039
17 Brind’Amour49132538

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
35 Barrasso272.6411-10-4.909
1 Irbe243.0311-12-1.888

MONTREAL*GPGATP
94 Perreault46151530
49 Savage46131528
14 Petrov4016824

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
60 Theodore342.2114-13-5.925
31 Hackett113.443-5-1.896

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