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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. PHOENIX

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (7-6-0-2, 16 pts.)
vs.
PHOENIX COYOTES (5-4-3-1, 14 pts.)
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001 at 1:30 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes play the second game of a three-game homestand as they host the Phoenix Coyotes at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. The Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 on Friday. Carolina is in the midst of one of the league’s busiest schedules as the Hurricanes play 17 games in a 30-day stretch before Thanksgiving.

Sami Kapanen scored a pair of goals against New York on Friday and has a point in all seven games he has played since missing two games with a back injury (4g, 5a). Kapanen’s seven-game point streak is a career high and a team season high. Kapanen was ranked tied for fourth in the league in scoring (16 points) and tied for seventh in the league in goals (8) through Nov. 2.

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Nov. 4 ESA 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Nov. 5 ESA 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 6 ESA 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.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); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem).

Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES:
Through Nov. 2, Jeff O’Neill (10g, 7a) was tied for second in the NHL in scoring (17 points) and goal scoring (10). Ron Francis (3g, 13a) was tied for fourth in the NHL in scoring and is second in assists (13). Goaltender Tom Barrasso will pass Rogie Vachon for sole possession of 10th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list with his next victory. The Hurricanes are 6-0-0-1 in weekend games (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) this season, including 2-0 on Sundays. Carolina’s sellout on Nov. 2 against the Rangers along with a sellout on Oct. 30 vs. Detroit marked the first time since the team moved to North Carolina that the Hurricanes have sold out consecutive regular season games at home.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 5-4-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 2-2-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 7-of-80 (8.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 70-of-85 (82.4%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report

CAROLINA / PHOENIX SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Phoenix Coyotes meet for only time this season. The Hurricanes and the Coyotes split last year’s season series, with each team winning on the road. The Hurricanes defeated the Coyotes at America West Arena 2-1 in overtime on Feb 7., as Jeff O’Neill beat Sean Burke for the game-winner. Phoenix knocked off Carolina 2-0 on Feb. 16 in Raleigh, as Robert Esche earned the shutout. The Hurricanes franchise is 27-22-8-0 all-time against the Coyotes franchise, including a 12-9-6 record at home.

PHOENIX NOTES:
The Phoenix Coyotes bounced back from a 5-2 loss at New Jersey on Thursday to earn a 2-2 tie in Washington on Friday night. Goaltender Sean Burke is in the league’s top ten in save percentage (.934) and goals against average (1.95).

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GP G A TP
92 O’Neill 15 10 7 17
10 Francis 15 3 13 16
24 Kapanen 13 8 8 16

GOALIES GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 9 2.89 5-4-0 .903
35 Barrasso 62.62 2-4-0 .897

PHOENIX GP G A TP
22 C. Lemieux 13 4 4 8
16 Handzus 13 1 7 8
8 Briere 12 6 1 7
55 Markov 13 2 5 7

GOALIES GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Burke11 1.95 5-3-3 .934
42 Esche 2 3.03 0-2-0 .872

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