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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. OTTAWA SENATORS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (16-12-4-4, 40 pts.)

vs.
OTTAWA SENATORS (16-11-4-0, 36 pts.)
Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes return to Raleigh to begin a two-game homestand against the Ottawa Senators. The Hurricanes, who play the Atlanta Thrashers at the Entertainment & Sports Arena on Friday, completed a two-game road trip 1-0-0-1, falling to Buffalo in overtime on Friday and defeating Pittsburgh 7-0 on Sunday afternoon. The 7-0 margin against the Penguins was the franchise’s largest margin of victory since a 9-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 26, 1989. It was the team’s largest road margin of victory since a 9-1 win at Calgary on Jan. 7, 1986.

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Dec. 18ESA10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 19Reczone11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 20ESA11:00 a.m. - 1:00 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); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem). Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES:
Hurricanes goaltender Tom Barrasso was named NHL Player of the Week for the period of Monday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 16. Barrasso posted a 3-1-0 record, a 1.73 goals-against average, a .943 save percentage and one shutout during that span. It was the fifth time in his career Barrasso had been named Player of the Week. He last received the honor in February 1998 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 9-6-2-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 7-7-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 22-of-177 (12.4%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 127-of-161 (80.1%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Left winger Chris Dingman missed the Hurricanes game at Pittsburgh (12/16) with a left knee injury.

CAROLINA / OTTAWA SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Ottawa Senators meet for the third of four matches this season. Ottawa and Carolina tied in their last meeting, as Hurricanes goaltender Tom Barrasso stopped 36 shots to secure the 1-1 tie. The Senators defeated the Hurricanes 6-2 in the two teams’ first meeting on Oct. 9 in Raleigh. Carolina won last year’s season series 3-1-0, blanking the Senators twice by 4-0 and 1-0 scores and winning the final meeting 3-2 in Ottawa on April 1 in overtime on a Shane Willis goal. Willis had the game-winning goal in all three Carolina victories and led all players with four goals and one assist against Ottawa. Carolina is 28-12-6 all-time against Ottawa, including a 16-5-2 record at home and a 12-8-4 road record.

OTTAWA SENATORS NOTES:
Senators goaltender Jani Hurme and defenseman Sami Salo were added to the Finnish Olympic Team on Dec. 13. Hurricanes forward Sami Kapanen will also play for Team Finland in Salt Lake. Senators coach Jacques Martin will serve as an assistant coach for Canada at the Olympics. Forward Daniel Alfredsson will skate for Sweden.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
24 Kapanen 34171734
92 O’Neill36171431
10 Francis3682331

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
35 Barrasso212.219-8-3.922
1 Irbe163.147-8-1.887

OTTAWAGPGATP
11 Alfredsson28161632
9 Havlat31141428
14 Bonk3191726

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
40 Lalime232.349-9-4.903
35 Hurme102.667-2-0.911

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