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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. NEW JERSEY

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (32-25-14-5, 83 pts.)

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NEW JERSEY DEVILS (35-28-9-4, 83 pts.)
Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes return home to the Entertainment & Sports Arena to take on the defending Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Devils in the first game of a two-game homestand. Coupled with Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, Wednesday’s game marks the second half of the 14th of 15 sets of back-to-back games Carolina plays this season. After Tuesday’s game, Carolina is 11-10-4-2 in back-to-back games this season, with a 4-7-3-0 record in the first game and a 7-3-1-2 record in the second game. Carolina has lost just three times in its last 14 games (8-3-3) and currently sits in first place in the Southeast Division. The Hurricanes have been alone at the top of the division since Oct. 26, 2001.

THE RACE FOR THE SOUTHEAST
The Hurricanes currently hold an six-point lead over the second-place Washingon Capitals as Carolina attempts to capture its second division title in four years. The Hurricanes have six games remaining and play three of their remaining six games on the road:
Carolina (83 points, six games remaining): 4/3 vs. NJD, 4/7 vs. ATL, 4/8 at NYI, 4/10 vs. TBL, 4/12 at FLA, 4/14 at ATL.
Washington (77 points, six games remaining): 4/3 vs. TBL, 4/5 vs. OTT, 4/6 at NYI, 4/9 vs. CHI, 4/12 at BUF, 4/13 vs. NJD.

PRACTICE TIMES

April 3 Wednesday ESA 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
April 4 Thursday ESA 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 5 Friday ESA 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 6 Saturday RecZone 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
April 7 Sunday ESA 9 - 10 a.m.
April 8 Mondau Nassau Coliseum 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
April 9 Tuesday ESA 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: NHL Center Ice
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
Netminder Arturs Irbe is 6-4-3 since the Olympic Break with a goals against average of 2.13 (790 mins, 28 ga) and a save percentage of .900 (279 shots against, 28 goals). Team captain and center Ron Francis has 21 points (7g, 14a) in the 15 games since the break.
Irbe surpassed Mike Liut (115) for first on the franchise’s all-time victories list with his 116th win with the Hurricanes on March 30 at Boston. The 2-0 victory also marked Irbe’s franchise-leading 20th shutout. Irbe is second in franchise history in goals against average (2.42).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 14-12-10-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 18-13-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 57-of-360 (15.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 260-of-313 (83.1%)*

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Forward Tommy Westlund missed the game at Ottawa (4/02) with a back injury. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Feb. 9 retroactive to Jan. 18.
Forward Jeff Daniels missed the game at Ottawa (4/02) with a concussion. He is day-to-day.
Forward Darren Langdon missed the game at Ottawa (4/02) due to a shoulder injury. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / NEW JERSEY NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils meet for the final of four match-ups during the 2001-02 regular season. The Hurricanes won the most recent matchup beteen the two squads, defeating New Jersey 4-2 at the Continential Airlines Arena on March 23. New Jersey defeated Carolina 2-1 on Jan. 5 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena to open the season series and Carolina overcame a two-goal third period deficit to earn a 3-3 tie at New Jersey on Jan. 21. The Devils won the regular season series last year, 2-1-1, beating the Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime on Nov. 18 and 7-3 on March 2 at Continental Airlines Arena. The Hurricanes were 1-0-1 against New Jersey at home, earning a 3-3 tie on Dec. 27 and a 3-2 win on Feb. 23. The Devils defeated Carolina four games to two in the 2001 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, winning the first three games and clinching in Game Six. The Hurricanes are 31-36-12-1 all-time against the Devils in the regular season, including a 17-14-8-0 record at home and a 15-21-4-1 mark on the road.

NEW JERSEY NOTES
The Devils fell to the New York Islanders 4-2 on Monday night at Nassau Coliseum. New Jersey currently trails the Islanders by two points for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Devils are four points ahead of Montreal, who currently occupies the eighth slot. New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur was named NHL Player of the Week on April 1. Brodeur won all three starts during the week and posted a 1.67 goals-against average and .928 save percentage as the Devils won five straight road games. Devils forward Scott Gomez broke his hand against the Islanders on Monday and is out indefinitely.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
  GP G A TP
10 Francis 76 25 49 74
24 Kapanen 73 26 40 66
92 O'Neill 72 29 31 60
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 46 2.63 18-18-9 .900
80 Weekes 20 2.83 4-9-0 .914
 
NEW JERSEY
  GP G A TP
26 Elias 69 27 30 57
25 Nieuwendyk 75 24 30 54
16 Holik 75 25 26 51
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
34 Vanbiesbrouck 4 1.76 1-3-0 .925
30 Brodeur 68 2.21 33-26-9 .904

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