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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. PITTSBURGH

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (23-19-10-5, 61 pts.)

vs.
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (22-23-5-3, 52 pts.)
Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes return from the All-Star break to play the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday night at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. It will be the only home game of the month for the Hurricanes, who hit the road for a three-game West Coast road trip starting Thursday in Los Angeles and continuing to Anaheim on Friday and concluding in San Jose on Saturday. After that, Carolina will start its Winter Olympic break before returning to practice at the RecZone on Feb. 20 at 3 p.m.

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local) Feb. 5ESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6HealthSouth, LA1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
Television: Fox Sports South
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:
Carolina snapped a seven-game winless streak (0-2-5-0) with a 3-1 win at Tampa Bay on Jan. 30. It was the first time in five games the Hurricanes scored more than two goals … Jeff O’Neill is in the midst of a season-high six-game point streak with two goals and six assists. Ron Francis also has a six-game point streak (2g, 7a) and led the Hurricanes with 13 points in January (4g, 9a). Bates Battaglia was second with 12 points (9g, 3a) and O’Neill third with 11 (3g, 8a).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-11-5-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-8-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 42-of-266 (15.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 194-of-237 (81.9%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Forward Tommy Westlund missed the Hurricanes’ game at Tampa Bay (1/30) due to a back injury.
Defenseman Bret Hedican missed the Hurricanes’ game at Tampa Bay (1/30) due to a back injury.
Forward Martin Gelinas missed the Hurricanes’ game at Tampa Bay (1/30) due to a concussion.

CAROLINA / PITTSBURGH NOTES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet for the third of four matchups this season, and the final regular season meeting at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. The two teams tied 2-2 on Nov. 6 in Raleigh on a late Jeff O’Neill goal. Carolina blew out the Penguins in Pittsburgh 7-0 on Dec. 16 as Tom Barrasso faced just 11 shots in the shutout. Rod Brind’Amour leads all players with a goal and four assists in two games. Ron Francis and O’Neill each have two goals. Goaltenders Arturs Irbe and Tom Barrasso have combined to stop 32 of 34 shots, a .941 save percentage. The Hurricanes won last year’s season series 3-1-0. The Hurricanes franchise is 34-41-9-0 all-time against Pittsburgh, including a 19-20-4-0 record at home and a 15-21-5-0 record on the road.

PITTSBURGH NOTES:
Pittsburgh has lost two straight since reeling off a six-game winning streak. The Penguins are 9-11-3-3 on the road and have been outscored 71-51 away from Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh is 22-22-5 under head coach Rick Kehoe, who took over the team from Ivan Hlinka on Oct. 15. The Penguins are a different team with and without Mario Lemieux. With Lemieux, the Penguins are 10-6-1-2, have averaged 2.84 goals per game and have been successful in 17.6% of their power play attempts. Without Lemieux, Pittsburgh is 12-17-4-2, has averaged 2.12 goals per game and is 8.3% on the power play.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
10 Francis57163551
24 Kapanen 55212950
92 O’Neill53212647
17 Brind’Amour57142741

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
35 Barrasso312.6811-11-5.906
1 Irbe312.8812-13-5.894

PITTSBURGHGPGATP
27 Kovalev40202242
20 Lang 51152338
95 Morozov43131730

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Hedberg432.5920-19-4.911
30 Aubin133.222-7-1.889

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