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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. TAMPA BAY

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (11-8-4-2, 28 pts.)
vs.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (8-11-1-1, 18 pts.)
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes make a brief stop at the Entertainment & Sports Arena to play host to Southeast Division rival Tampa Bay before returning to the road for a three-game road trip which begins Tuesday in Toronto. Today’s game begins a stretch of six games in 10 days for the Hurricanes. Carolina has won just once in its last six games (1-2-3-0).

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Nov. 25ESA 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Nov. 26ESA 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 27Air Canada Centre 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 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:
Carolina’s top scoring line of Jeff O’Neill, Ron Francis and Sami Kapanen is one of the top scoring lines in the NHL this season, totaling 65 points (28g, 37a) through 25 games. O’Neill was third in the league in goals (14) and was tied for sixth in scoring (23 points) through Nov. 23. Francis (3g, 17a) was tied for second in the league in assists (17). Kapanen (11g, 11a) was tied for seventh in the league in scoring. Carolina goaltender Tom Barrasso was ranked fourth in the NHL in save percentage (.928) through Nov. 23.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-4-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 3-4-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 11-of-119 (9.2%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 99-of-123 (80.5%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Tommy Westlund missed the game at Dallas (11/21) with back spasms and is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / TAMPA BAY SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet for the second of five matchups this season, the first of two in Raleigh. Tampa Bay blanked the Hurricanes 2-0 in the teams’ first meeting on Nov. 17 as goalie Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 26 shots. Ben Clymer and Tim Taylor scored for the Lightning. Carolina leads the all-time series against Tampa Bay 20-12-6-0 and is 14-2-3-0 at home.

TAMPA BAY NOTES:
The Lightning are coming off a 2-0 blanking of New Jersey Friday night at the Ice Palace and Khabibulin is on a roll. He is 3-0 in his last three starts with a 0.67 goals against average and .977 save percentage. Tampa Bay’s power play is hitting at 13.7 percent (14 of 102) while the penalty kill is ranked 12th in the league at 86.6 percent. Only New Jersey (78) has been shorthanded fewer times than Tampa Bay’s 82.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
92 O’Neill2514923
24 Kapanen23111122
10 Francis2531720

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe132.767-5-1.901
35 Barrasso122.024-5-3.928

TAMPA BAYGPGATP
19 Richards2131114
26 St. Louis206713
7 Clymer216713

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
35 Khabibulin192.137-9-1.929
80 Weekes62.191-3-0.937

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