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PREVIEW: Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (29-29-9-0, 67 pts)

VS.

BOSTON BRUINS (19-31-17, 60 pts)

Friday, March 10, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes host the Boston Bruins Friday as the team enters the second game of a four-game homestand…Carolina is currently on a three-game winning streak with victories over the Chicago Blackhawks, the San Jose Sharks, and the Los Angeles Kings…Carolina is 4-1-0 in its last five games, outscoring its opponents 21-13…Including Friday’s game, Carolina will play seven of its next 11 games, and nine of its final 15 games, at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.

ON THE AIR:

Local Television: None

Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh), WFAI-1230 AM (Fayetteville), WGHB 1250 AM (Greenville), WSML-1200 AM (Graham), WRMT-1490 AM (Rocky Mount), WJNC-1240 AM (Jacksonville), WRNS-960 AM (Kinston), WTRP-620 AM (La Grange, GA), WEEB-990 AM (Southern Pines), WRQR-106.7 FM (Wilmington), WSJS-600 AM (Winston-Salem), WDLZ- 98.3 FM (Murfreesboro).

CAROLINA/BOSTON SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins meet tonight for the final time this season…Carolina leads the 1999-2000 season series with a 2-1-0 advantage…Arturs Irbe has compiled a 2.01 goals against average and a .928 save percentage in three games against the Bruins this season…Martin Gelinas (2g, 1a), Paul Ranheim (2g, 1a), and Robert Kron (1g, 2a) lead all scorers with three points in the series this year…Carolina trails the all-time series 48-75-14, and is 29-31-7 against the Bruins at home.

CAROLINA NOTES: The Carolina Hurricanes enter tomorrow’s game sitting two points out of the seventh spot and one point out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference Playoff race…The New York Rangers (69 points) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (68), who currently hold the last two spots, both play tonight on the road… Bates Battaglia recorded his first career hat trick and Sean Hill added two assists as the Carolina Hurricanes won their third consecutive game with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Wednesday…With the score tied 1-1 in the third period, Battaglia tallied a natural hat trick with three consecutive goals against his hometown team…Arturs Irbe collected 17 saves to earn his 26th win of the season…Glen Wesley tallied the Hurricanes’ first goal, converting a Ron Francis pass in the slot for his sixth goal of the year…After defeating the Chicago Blackhawks the Carolina Hurricanes improved their record in March to 3-1-0…During the month, Carolina has outscored its opponents 21-10, allowing two goals or less in each of the last three games…Over the last four games, the Hurricanes have scored three or more goals in the third period, outscoring their opponents 13-3…On Wednesday, Battaglia registered the team’s first hat trick since April 9, 1998, by scoring three consecutive goals in the third period against the Blackhawks…Battaglia has totaled five points (3g, 2a) in his last two games…Team captain Ron Francis has totaled seven points (3g, 4a) in March and is currently on a five-game point streak (3g, 6a)…Arturs Irbe has matched his season high with three consecutive wins and is unbeaten (4-0-0) in his last five starts…Defenseman Sean Hill has posted three multi-point games in the month, totaling six points (1g, 5a)…CAROLINA AT HOME: 15-13-4 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 13-16-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.1% (46 for 269) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 83.2% (173 for 208).

BOSTON NOTES: The Boston Bruins visit Raleigh for the second time this season as the teams conclude their 1999-2000 season series…The Bruins, who lost on the road to the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, are currently on a five-game losing streak…Goaltender Byron Dafoe and forwards Jason Allison and Anson Carter are out of Friday’s lineup due to injuries…The Bruins will have a new look on Friday as the team plays its second game without long-time captain Ray Bourque who was traded earlier this week to the Colorado Avalanche…Boston is currently in 12th place in the Eastern Conference with 60 points…Boston is 1-7-2 in its last 10 games overall…BOSTON AT HOME: 9-16-9 BOSTON ON THE ROAD: 10-15-8 BOSTON ON THE POWER PLAY: 15.0% (44 for 293) BOSTON SHORTHANDED: 79.2% (171 for 216).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:

Curtis Leschyshyn has missed the Hurricanes’ last 17 games due to a groin injury.

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