The Carolina Hurricanes return home to take on the Vancouver Canucks in a 7 p.m. match-up on Monday at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. The Hurricanes erased a two-goal, third-period deficit to earn a 3-3 tie on Saturday at New Jersey. The game was the lone road game for Carolina in the midst of a span where the Hurricanes play five of six contests at home. Carolina is unbeaten since beginning the stretch, earning a 2-0 win against Minnesota on Jan. 15 and a 1-1 tie with Montreal on Jan. 17 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. The Hurricanes’ last loss was a 7-1 defeat to Vancouver on Jan. 12 at General Motors Place.
PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Jan. 21 ESA 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 22 ESA 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 23 ESA 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
ON THE AIR:
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).
Defenseman Bret Hedican and center Kevyn Adams notched their first points as Hurricanes on Saturday against the Devils. Hedican notched his first point when he beat Martin Brodeur with a goal at 2:16 of the second period. Adams assisted on the goal for his first point since joining Carolina. Hedican and Adams were acquired by the Hurricanes on Jan. 16 from the Florida Panthers along with defensive prospect Tomas Malec and a conditional second round draft pick in exchange for defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh and center Byron Ritchie. Hedican had 10 points (3g, 7a) in 31 games for the Panthers this season. Adams had 12 points (4g, 8a) in 44 games for the Panthers in 2001-02.
Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour has been one of the league’s top players since the start of December. Since Dec. 1, Brind’Amour has tallied 25 points (7g, 18a) in 22 games. Only Philadelphia’s Jeremy Roenick (11g+16a=27p) and Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk (14+13=27) have more points during that span. Hurricanes captain Ron Francis is just four assists shy of tying Ray Bourque for second on the NHL’s all-time assist list. Francis can pass John Bucyk (1,540) for sixth on the NHL all-time games played list against Vancouver on Monday.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-10-3-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-7-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 37-of-239 (15.5%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 180-of-221 (81.4%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Center Josef Vasicek missed the Hurricanes’ game against New Jersey (1/19) due to a knee sprain.
CAROLINA / VANCOUVER NOTES:
After not meeting in over two full calendar years, Vancouver and Carolina square off for the second time in nine days as the Canucks visit Raleigh for a 7 p.m. start. It is Carolina and Vancouver’s final meeting of the 2001-02 season. Vancouver cruised to a 7-1 victory at General Motors Place on Jan. 12 - the first time the two teams had met since a 1-1 tie on Nov. 24, 1999 in Raleigh. Due to a scheduling error, the two teams did not play during the 2000-01 season. With the win on Jan. 12, Vancouver now leads the all-time series 23-22-11. The Hurricanes are 12-10-6 against Vancouver at home and 10-13-6 in Vancouver.
The Canucks have won three of their last four games, outscoring their opponents 21-8 during that span. Vancouver defeated the Washington Capitals 5-1 on Saturday night, going 3-for-3 on the power play in the game. The Canucks have scored at least one power play goal in six consecutive games.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
HURRICANES GP G A TP
24 Kapanen 49 19 28 47
10 Francis 51 14 28 42
92 O’Neill 47 19 20 39
17 Brind’Amour 51 13 25 38
GOALIES GP GAA W-L-T SV%
35 Barrasso 28 2.65 11-10-6.908
1 Irbe 25 2.94 11-12-2.890
VANCOUVER GP G A TP
19 Naslund 50 21 27 48
44 Bertuzzi 40 13 23 36
7 Morrison 50 12 24 36
GOALIES GP GAA W-L-T SV%
39 Cloutier 41 2.40 19-18-3.904
1 Skudra 10 2.99 2-4-1 .89230 Brochu 6 4.17 0-3-0 .856