The Carolina Hurricanes play their third game of the 2001-02 season today as they play host to the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. The Hurricanes are 2-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season after blanking Dallas 3-0 on Sunday afternoon and defeating the New York Rangers 3-1 last Friday night. Carolina is looking to go to 3-0 for the first time since 1995-96 when the Hartford Whalers started off 4-0. This is the fifth time the franchise has started the season 2-0.
Oct. 9 Tuesday ESA10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 10WednesdayESA11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 11ThursdayESA10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
ON THE AIR:
Local Television: None
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); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem).
Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe, who signed a three-year contract extension on Oct. 5, stopped 32 shots in posting a 3-0 shutout of Dallas at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. Irbe, who received honorable mention consideration for NHL Player of the Week, has now stopped 61 of 62 shots in two games (.984 save percentage). He recorded his 100th Carolina victory with the shutout and is 100-77-30 in 216 games with a 2.36 goals against average. Irbe recorded a 29-save performance in a 3-1 win against the NY Rangers in the season opener last Friday night.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 2-0-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 0-0-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 0-of-8 (0.0%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 8-of-9 (88.9%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Chris Dingman is on the Injured Reserve list with a groin injury.Shane Willis is day-to-day with a back injuryJeff Daniels is day-to-day with a groin injury.
CAROLINA / OTTAWA SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Ottawa Senators meet tonight for the first of four matches this season. 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. Jeff O’Neill (2g, 1a) and Ron Francis (0g, 3a) were tied for second on Carolina in scoring against the Senators. Arturs Irbe was in net for all four meetings and had a 1.00 goals against average and .960 save percentage. Carolina is 28-11-5 all-time against Ottawa, including a 16-4-2 record at home and a 12-8-3 road record.
The Senators have lost two consecutive games since defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Oct. 3 at the Air Canada Centre. Tuesday’s game against Carolina is the first half of a back-to-back set for Ottawa. The Senators play the Florida Panthers on Oct. 10 at National Car Rental Center.
OTTAWA AT HOME: 0-1-0-0
OTTAWA ON THE ROAD: 1-1-0-0
OTTAWA ON THE POWER PLAY: 5-of-17 (29.4%)
OTTAWA SHORTHANDED: 17-of-22 (77.3%)
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS