MONTREAL CANADIENS (24-39-7-5, 60 pts.)
CAROLINA HURRICANES (34-29-8-3, 79 pts.)
Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m.
The Hurricanes meet the Montreal Canadiens for the final time of the 2000-01 season on Monday night at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Hurricanes dropped a 3-1 decision at Buffalo on Saturday night to end a season-high four game win streak. Carolina is currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, trailing seventh-place Toronto by five points and leading ninth-place Boston by two points. Ron Francis is two assists shy of moving into third place on the NHL all-time assist list. Hurricanes Head Coach Paul Maurice is one win shy of becoming the first coach in franchise history to reach 200 wins.
March 26MondayESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
March 27TuesdayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
March 28WednesdayWSH11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
March 29ThursdayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
March 30FridayESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
ON THE AIR:
Local 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); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem).Internet: www.nhl.com
The Hurricanes have a winning record on every day of the week except Saturday and Monday. Carolina is 0-9-2-2 on Saturday and 1-2-0-0 on Monday. The Hurricanes’ penalty kill is now ranked first in the NHL. The Hurricanes have killed off 38 of the last 39 penalties dating back to March 4 at Chicago. Pittsburgh’s Alexei Kovalev broke up a streak of 33-consecutive penalty kills at 7:19 of the third period on March 23. Carolina had not allowed a power-play goal in seven games, matching a season-high. Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe is 4-1 in the last four games, allowing just six goals for a goals against average of 1.20 and a save percentage of .948.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 21-13-3-0 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 13-16-5-3 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 65-of-348 (18.7%) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 288-of-330 (87.3%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Glen Wesley suffered a broken jaw and a severe facial laceration at Chicago on March 4. He is on the Injured Reserve List.
CAROLINA / MONTREAL SERIES:
The Canadiens lead the season series against the Hurricanes 2-1 heading into the teams’ final meeting on Monday night. The Canadiens defeated the Hurricanes 5-2 at the Molson Centre on Oct. 21 and 6-3 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on March 14. The Hurricanes victory came on Jan. 16 -- a 3-2 come-from-behind overtime win. Josef Vasicek, whose extra-attacker goal sent the game to overtime on Jan. 16, is tied for the lead among all Hurricanes scorers with three points this season against Montreal (1g, 2a). Ron Francis, who scored the overtime winner on Jan. 16, also has three points (1g, 2a) against the Canadiens this season. The Canadiens won the four-game series against the Hurricanes last season 3-1-0, with the Hurricanes’ lone victory coming by a score of 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 24, 2000. Carolina is 44-80-16 all-time against Montreal, including a 28-34-9 at home and a 16-46-7 record at Montreal.
The Canadiens were part of a major deadline day trade as they sent Trevor Linden and Dainius Zubrus to the Washington Capitals for Jan Bulis and Richard Zednik. Zednik made an immediate impact for the Canadiens, scoring a goal just 28 seconds into his first game with Montreal -- against the Hurricanes on March 14 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.
MONTREAL AT HOME: 13-19-4-2 MONTREAL ON THE ROAD: 11-20-3-3 MONTREAL ON THE POWER PLAY: 65-of-393 (16.5%) MONTREAL SHORTHANDED: 257-of-315 (81.6%)
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
92 O’Neill 74352257
31 Moss113.84 1-6-0.853