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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. PHILADELPHIA

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (20-14-5-5, 50 pts.)*

vs.
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (21-12-5-1, 48 pts.)
Sunday, Jan. 6 at 5:00 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena
*Statistics through games of Jan. 4

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes finish a three-game homestand as they play host to Eastern Conference rival Philadelphia at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. After Sunday’s game, the Hurricanes hit the road to play at Edmonton on Jan. 10 and at Vancouver Jan. 12. Those games mark Carolina’s first games against the Western Conference since a 4-4 tie at Dallas on Nov. 21.
The Hurricanes dropped the first game of the current homestand, falling 6-3 to Boston on Wednesday. In the game, Hurricanes captain Ron Francis scored his 500th career NHL goal while playing in his 1,000th game with the franchise, becoming the fifth player in NHL history to total 500 goals and 1,000 assists. Francis went into Saturday night’s game against New Jersey with a six-game point streak (5g, 4a).

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Jan. 6ESAPG Skate
Jan. 7RecZone11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jan. 8RecZone11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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

CAROLINA NOTES:
Hurricanes right winger Sami Kapanen notched two more assists against Boston on Jan. 2 and is currently on a six-game point streak (2g, 9a). Through Jan. 2, Kapanen was second in the league in scoring (19g, 26a). Kapanen is tied for 11th in the league in goals (19).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 11-8-2-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 9-6-3-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 32-of-212 (15.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 156-of-192 (81.3%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Left wing Chris Dingman missed the Hurricanes game vs. New Jersey (1/5) with a left knee injury.
Forward Jeff O’Neill missed the Hurricanes game vs. New Jersey (1/5) with back spasms.

CAROLINA / PHILADELPHIA NOTES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Philadelphia Flyers meet tonight for the second of four matchups this season. The Flyers won the teams’ first meeting 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 22, 2001 as Mark Recchi scored 27 seconds into overtime. Sean Hill, Darren Langdon and Sami Kapanen scored for the Hurricanes. Philadelphia won the regular season series last season against the Hurricanes with a 3-1-0 record. Jeff O’Neill led all players with three goals in the four games. Philadelphia leads the all-time series 44-21-10-1, including a 19-12-7-0 mark on the road.

PHILADELPHIA NOTES:
The Flyers finish a stretch of six games away from home. Philadelphia’s last home game was a 4-3 overtime victory over Carolina on Dec. 22, 2001 and has gone 3-2 in its road stretch. The Flyers haven’t played since losing at San Jose 5-2 on Wednesday. Simon Gagne is among the league leaders in plus/minus at +24.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
24 Kapanen 42192645
10 Francis44132740
92 O’Neill42181836

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
35 Barrasso262.5911-9-4.911
1 Irbe203.149-10-1.886

PHILADELPHIAGPGATP
12 Gagne38172239
97 Roenick39102939
8 Recchi39161935

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
33 Boucher171.909-5-1.928
32 Cechmanek262.3512-8-4.912

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