The Carolina Hurricanes face the Nashville Predators in the teams' only meeting of the season on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. The Hurricanes erased a two-goal deficit to take a third-period lead before ultimately falling 7-5 to Vancouver on Monday. Carolina is in the midst of a span where the Hurricanes play five of six contests at home. Carolina is 1-1-2-0 during the stretch, earning a 2-0 win against Minnesota on Jan. 15, a 1-1 tie with Montreal on Jan. 17, a 3-3 tie at New Jersey on Jan. 19 and falling 7- 5 to Vancouver on Jan. 21.
PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Jan. 23 ESA 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 24 ESA 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 25 ESA 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
ON THE AIR:
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).
Hurricanes captain Ron Francis is one assist shy of tying Ray Bourque (1,169) for second on the NHL’s all-time assist list. Francis passed John Bucyk (1,540) for sixth on the NHL all-time games played list against Vancouver on Monday. He scored four points in the game (1g, 3a), and is now ranked 12th in the league in points, sixth in assists and first in power play points (28) and power-play assists (21).
Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour has been one of the league’s top players since the start of December. Since Dec. 1, Brind’Amour has tallied 26 points (7g, 19a) in 23 games. Only Philadelphia’s Jeremy Roenick (11g+16a=27p) and Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk (14+13=27) have more points during that span (through Jan. 21).
CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-11-3-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-7-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 39-of-242 (16.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 182-of-223 (81.6%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Center Josef Vasicek missed the Hurricanes’ game against Vancouver (1/21) due to a knee sprain.
CAROLINA / NASHVILLE NOTES:
The Hurricanes and the Predators meet for the only time during the 2001-02 season. Nashville swept last year’s season series, defeating Carolina 2-1 on Oct. 14 in Nashville and 7-4 on Nov. 26 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. Martin Gelinas led all goal-scorers in the series with three goals. The Predators lead the all-time series with Carolina 4-2-0, including a 3-0-0 mark at home and a 1-2-0 record in Carolina.
The Predators had a six-game home unbeaten streak broken with a 1-0 loss to Phoenix on Monday. Nashville has lost five consecutive road games dating back to a 4-3 victory at New Jersey on Jan. 3. Predators winger Scott Hartnell and center David Legwand were among the 24 players selected to play in the inaugural NHL YoungStars game at the 2002 All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. Hurricanes defenseman David Tanabe will also play in the game.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
HURRICANES GP G A TP
24 Kapanen 50 19 29 48
10 Francis 52 15 31 46
92 O’Neill 48 19 21 40
17 Brind’Amour 52 13 26 39
GOALIES GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Barrasso 29 2.74 11-11-6 .905
1 Irbe 26 3.01 11-12-2 .889
NASHVILLE GP G A TP
7 Ronning 49 12 26 38
22 Johnson 49 12 18 30
44 Timonen 49 8 17 25
17 Hartnell 44 7 18 25
GOALIES GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Dunham 37 2.47 15-14-6 .907
29 Vokoun 15 2.76 3-9-2 .903