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PREVIEW: COLUMBUS AT CAROLINA

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (29-25-8-3, 69 pts.)
vs
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (21-31-7-6, 55 pts.)
Wednesday, March 7, 2001 at 7 p.m.

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes return home after a four-game road trip to face the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Hurricanes completed the trip 2-1-1-0, most recently topping the Blackhawks 6-3 on March 4 behind a Sandis Ozolinsh hat trick. Ozolinsh is currently on a four-game point streak (5g, 3a) and a three-game goal streak (5g, 2a). Ron Francis is just one point shy of 1,000 points with the franchise. Defenseman Glen Wesley was placed on the Injured Reserve List on March 5 after suffering a broken jaw and a severe facial laceration at Chicago on March 4. Niclas Wallin was recalled from Cincinnati of the IHL to fill Wesley’s roster spot.

PRACTICE TIMES:
March 7WednesdayESA10:30 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.
March 8ThursdayTampaTBA
March 9FridayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
March 10SaturdayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
March 11SundayESA10:00 a.m.

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: none
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WTRP-620 AM (La Grange, Ga.); 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).

CAROLINA / COLUMBUS SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet for the second time ever and the first time in Raleigh on Wednesday. The Blue Jackets topped Carolina 3-1 at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 29 in the two teams’ first meeting. The Hurricanes franchise has gone 23-12-4 all-time against expansion teams playing in their first season since joining the league in the 1979-80 season along with the Edmonton Oilers, the Winnipeg Jets and the Québec Nordiques. During the 1979-80 season, the then-Hartford Whalers went 5-4-3 against their three fellow expansion teams. The Hurricanes are 0-1-1 against the year’s expansion teams, falling 3-1 at Columbus and notching a tie at Minnesota.

CAROLINA NOTES
Carolina center Rod Brind’Amour has 32 points (10g, 22a) in the last 28 games and is tied for third among all Hurricanes with 46 points (14g, 32a). Brind’Amour was ranked second in the NHL in faceoff percentage through March 4 at 60.1%. Forward Jeff O’Neill was tied for ninth in the NHL in goals (33), tied for sixth power play goals (14) and tied for second in game-tying goals (2) through March 4.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 17-11-3-0 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 12-14-5-3 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 58-of-311 (18.6%) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 254-of-289 (86.1%)

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS NOTES:
The Blue Jackets return to action on Wednesday after a six-day lay-off. The Blue Jackets last played on March 1, defeating Nashville 5-2. Columbus is currently on a three-game win streak with all three victories coming by the score of 5-2 against Anaheim, Phoenix, and Nashville.

COLUMBUS AT HOME: 14-14-2-3 COLUMBUS ON THE ROAD: 7-17-5-34 COLUMBUS ON THE POWER PLAY: 40-of-286 (14.0%) COLUMBUS SHORTHANDED: 233-of-289 (80.6%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Shane Willis suffered a sprained ankle at the New York Islanders (3/1). He is day-to-day.
David Tanabe suffered a hip pointer against New Jersey on March 2 and is day-to-day.
Glen Wesley suffered a broken jaw and a severe facial laceration at Chicago on March 4. He is on the Injured Reserve List.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
10 Francis65134053
92 O’Neill 65331952
23 Gelinas62202646
17 Brind’Amour62143246

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe602.4628-22-8.910
31 Moss113.84 1-6-0.853

COLUMBUSGPGATP
8 Sanderson64292554
57 Heinze62221941
21 Knutsen55103141

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
31 Tugnutt412.5215-21-4.913
39 Denis273.226-16-3.895

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