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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. PITTSBURGH

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (8-6-0-2, 18 pts.)
vs.
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (6-6-1-1, 14 pts.)
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes play the third game of a three-game homestand as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. The Hurricanes are 2-0 on the current homestand, including a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers on Friday and a 1-0 overtime win against Phoenix on Sunday. 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.
Josef Vasicek scored the overtime game-winning goal against Phoenix on Sunday and has 10 points (6g, 4a) in his last 10 games. With the OT win vs. Phoenix, the Hurricanes became the second team to play their first five overtime games of the season without earning a tie since the 5-minute overtime rule was established (1983-84). The record for most consecutive overtime games played at any point in a season without a tie is six games, which has happened four times since 1983-84.

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Nov. 6ESA10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 7ESA11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 8MCI Center11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 9ESA11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
Television: Comcast Sports Net/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); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem).Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES:
Jeff O’Neill (10g, 8a) is second in the NHL in scoring (18 points) and tied for second in goal scoring (10). Ron Francis (3g, 14a) is tied for third in the NHL in scoring and tied for first in assists (14). Goaltender Tom Barrasso passed Rogie Vachon for sole possession of 10th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list with his victory against Phoenix (11/4). The Hurricanes are now 7-0-0-1 in weekend games (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) this season.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 6-4-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 2-2-0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 8-of-84 (9.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 72-of-87 (82.8%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report

CAROLINA / PITTSBURGH SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet for the first of four matchups this season. The Hurricanes won last year’s season series 3-1-0. The two teams split their meetings in Raleigh, with Carolina earning a 5-3 win on March 23 and Pittsburgh topping the Hurricanes 6-4 on April 8, the last game of the 2000-01 regular season. Carolina won both meetings in Pittsburgh, defeating the Penguins 3-2 on Oct. 18 and 3-1 on Nov. 22. Jeff O’Neill led all scorers in last year’s season series with six points (2g, 4a) in four games. The Hurricanes franchise is 33-41-8-0 all-time against Pittsburgh, including a 19-20-3-0 record at home and a 14-21-5-0 record on the road.

PITTSBURGH NOTES:
The Penguins have been hit by a rash of major injuries during the first month of the 2001-02 season. Owner and team captain Mario Lemieux is out 3-4 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his hip. Winger Alexei Kovalev is also out after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Forward Martin Straka will miss 3-6 months with a broken leg. Despite all the injuries, the Penguins have won two straight. Pittsburgh defeated Toronto 3-1 on Thursday and knocked off the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in overtime on Saturday.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
92 O’Neill1610818
10 Francis1631417
24 Kapanen 148816

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe92.895-4-0.903
35 Barrasso72.243-4-0.913

PITTSBURGH GPGATP
20 Lang14639
82 Straka11549
66 Lemieux8167
16 Beech14077

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Hedberg112.266-5-0.917
30 Aubin33.240-2-1.873

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