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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. NEW JERSEY

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

2002 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

CAROLINA HURRICANES (35-26-16-5, 91 pts.)
vs
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (41-28-9-4, 95 pts.)
Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena

GAME NIGHT
The Southeast Division Champion Carolina Hurricanes host the defending Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. The series is a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, in which the top-seeded Devils defeated the eighth-seeded Hurricanes in six games. The Hurricanes enter the Stanley Cup Playoffs on a five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2). Carolina lost just four times in its last 20 games (11-4-5).

SOUTHEAST DIVISION CHAMPIONS
The Hurricanes concluded the team's third season in Raleigh, fifth in North Carolina and 23rd in the NHL as the Southeast Division champions with a record of 35-26-16-5 and a total of 91 points. The point total ranks as the second highest season in franchise history behind a 93-point season in 1986-87. Carolina clinched the Southeast Division championship with a 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 10 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena, marking its second division title in four years. The Hurricanes have advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in three of the last four years and have now had four consecutive winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. The Hurricanes are 144-123-53-8 over the past four seasons.

MAKING FRANCHISE HISTORY
The Hurricanes have totaled 90 points through 81 games this season, the second-highest season point total in franchise history. The 1986-87 Hartford Whalers established a franchise-high 93 points in an 80-game schedule to win the Adams Division which included the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Quebec Nordiques and Buffalo Sabres.

PRACTICE TIMES

April 17 Wednesday ESA 10:30 a.m.
April 18 Thursday ESA 11:30 a.m.
April 19 Friday ESA 10:30 a.m.
April 20 Saturday RecZone 12:00 p.m.
April 21 Sunday Continental Airlines Arena 11:30 a.m.
April 22 Monday Floyd Hall Arena 11:00 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: 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).
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES
The Hurricanes totaled 91 points in 82 games this season, the second-highest season point total in franchise history. The 1986-87 Hartford Whalers established a franchise-high 93 points in an 80-game schedule to win the Adams Division, which included the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Quebec Nordiques and Buffalo Sabres.
The Carolina Hurricanes led the league in team faceoff percentage (56.1%) this regular season. Hurricanes center Rod Brind'Amour was ranked second in the league in faceoff percentage at 59.2%. Ron Francis was third at 58.9% and Jeff O'Neill was ninth at 56.7%.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 15-13-11-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 20-13-5-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 63-of-391 (16.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 278-of-332 (83.7%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Glen Wesley suffered a separated right shoulder against New Jersey (4/3) and is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / NEW JERSEY NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils meet for the second straight year in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Devils defeated Carolina four games to two in the 2001 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, winning the first three games and clinching in Game 6. Bobby Holik was the leading scorer in that series with eight points (4g, 4a). Sami Kapanen led all Hurricanes scorers with five points (2g, 3a).
The Devils won this year’s regular season series 2-1-1. New Jersey defeated Carolina in both games at the Entertainment & Sports Arena, topping Carolina 2-1 on Jan. 5 and 3-2 on April 3. Carolina overcame a two-goal third period deficit to earn a 3-3 tie at New Jersey on Jan. 21. The Hurricanes defeated the Devils Jersey 4-2 at the Continental Airlines Arena on March 23. The Hurricanes are 31-37-12-1 all-time against the Devils in the regular season, including a 17-15-8-0 record at home and a 15-21-4-1 mark on the road.

NEW JERSEY NOTES
The New Jersey Devils completed the 2001-02 regular season on a six-game win streak. The Devils advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2001 before falling to the Colorado Avalanche in seven games.

REGULAR SEASON SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
  GP G A TP
10 Francis 80 27 50 77
24 Kapanen 77 27 42 69
92 O'Neill 76 31 33 64
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 51 2.54 20-19-11 .902
80 Weekes 21 2.56 5-9-0 .916
NEW JERSEY
  GP G A TP
26 Elias 75 29 32 61
25 Nieuwendyk 81 21 33 58
16 Holik 81 25 23 54
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
34 Vanbiesbrouck 5 2.00 2-3-0 .915
30 Brodeur 73 2.15 38-26-9 .906

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