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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. TAMPA BAY

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (33-26-15-5, 86 pts.)

vs
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (26-38-10-4, 66 pts.)*
Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena
*All stats through games of April 8

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes host the Tampa Bay Lightning in their final home game of the 2001-02 regular season. The Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 on Monday night to move within one point of clinching the Southeast Division crown. Carolina has lost just four times in its last 17 games (9-4-4). The Hurricanes are in first place in the Southeast Division (86 points) and led the Washington Capitals by six points heading into Washington’s game against Chicago on Tuesday night. The Hurricanes can seal the Southeast Division title with any one point earned by Carolina or not earned by Washington.

The Hurricanes are 9-5-4 in the 18 games since the Olympic Break, outscoring opponents 47-37 and outshooting opponents 541-414. The Hurricanes are 16-of-93 (17.2%) on the power play and 58-of-68 (85.3%) on the penalty kill during that span. Thirteen of the 18 games Carolina has played since the break have come against teams currently in position to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

THE RACE FOR THE SOUTHEAST
The Hurricanes currently hold an six-point lead over the second-place Washingon Capitals as Carolina attempts to capture its second division title in four years. The Hurricanes have three games remaining and play two of their remaining three games on the road:
Carolina (86 points, three games remaining): 4/10 vs. TBL, 4/12 at FLA, 4/14 at ATL.
Washington (80 points, three games remaining): 4/9 vs. CHI, 4/12 at BUF, 4/13 vs. NJD.

PRACTICE TIMES

April 10 Wednesday ESA 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
April 11 Thursday ESA 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 12 Friday National Car Rental Center 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
April 13 Saturday Ice Forum, Atlanta 12 - 2 p.m.
April 14 Sunday Phillips Arena 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: NHL Center Ice
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
Team captain and center Ron Francis recorded his 1,700th career point with a goal against Atlanta on Sunday. Francis has 23 points (8g, 15a) in the 18 games since the Olympic break. Through games of April 8, Francis was tied for fifth in the NHL in scoring (76 points), fourth in assists (50), first in power-play points (41), second in power-play assists (28), seventh in power-play goals (13) and fourth in faceoff percentage (58.7).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 14-13-11-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 19-13-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 59-of-375 (15.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 267-of-321 (83.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Glen Wesley suffered a separated right shoulder against New Jersey (4/3) and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.

CAROLINA / TAMPA BAY NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet tonight for the final of five match-ups this season. The two teams split their first four meetings this year 2-2-0. Tampa won the first two games as goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin earned shutouts in both games. Khabibulin stopped 26 shots in a 2-0 victory in Tampa on Nov. 17, and followed it up a week later with a 41-save gem in a 4-0 Tampa Bay victory. The Hurricanes won each of the most recent match-ups, defeating Tampa Bay 3-2 at the Ice Palace on Dec. 27 and 3-1 at the Ice Palace on Jan. 30. Jeff O’Neill (0g, 4a) and Fredrik Modin (2g, 2a) are the leading scorers in the season series this year. The two teams completed a trade on March 5, as Carolina acquired goaltender Kevin Weekes in exchange for forwards Shane Willis and Chris Dingman. Carolina won last year’s season series 3-2-0 and the Hurricanes lead the all-time series 22-13-6-0, including a 14-3-3-0 record at home and an 8-10-3-0 on the road.

TAMPA BAY NOTES
The Lightning had lost seven of their last eight games heading into Tuesday’s game at Boston. Tampa activated left wing Fredrik Modin from Injured Reserve on April 7. Modin missed 26 games with a wrist injury. Prior to the injury, Modin had scored 30 points (14g, 16a) in 49 games for Tampa Bay.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
  GP G A TP
10 Francis 79 26 50 76
24 Kapanen 76 27 41 68
92 O'Neill 75 30 33 63
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 49 2.57 19-19-10 .901
80 Weekes 20 2.83 4-9-0 .914
 
TAMPA BAY
  GP G A TP
19 Richards 78 19 42 61
20 Prospal 77 18 34 52
25 Andreychuck 78 20 17 37
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Khabibulin 67 2.38 23-31-9 .920
31 Kochan 4 4.04 0-2-1 .883

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