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PREVIEW: EDMONTON AT CAROLINA

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (30-26-8-3, 71 pts.)
VS
EDMONTON OILERS (32-24-9-2, 75 pts.)*
Sunday, March 11, 2001 at 1:30 p.m.
*As of March 8

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes return home to face the Edmonton Oilers for the only time this season in an afternoon game at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The game is the first game of a two-game homestand as Carolina faces Montreal at home on March 14. Hurricanes defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh has nine points (5g, 4a) in his last six games – including a hat trick on March 4 at Chicago. Ron Francis is just one point shy of 1,000 points with the franchise. Arturs Irbe is one game shy of 200 with the Hurricanes.

PRACTICE TIMES:
March 10SaturdayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
March 11SundayESAnone
March 12MondayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
March 13TuesdayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
March 14WednesdayESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: none
Radio: 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

CAROLINA / EDMONTON SERIES:
The Hurricanes and the Edmonton Oilers meet for the only time this season on Sunday afternoon. Last season the two teams met twice, battling to a tie each time. Sami Kapanen notched the game-tying goal in a 3-3 tie at the Skyreach Centre on Oct. 13, 1999. Glen Wesley scored the game-tying goal on March 15, 2000 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena for a 2-2 draw. Kapanen (1g, 2a) and Ron Francis (1g, 2a) led all scorers in the season series with three points in the two games. Edmonton leads the all-time series between the two franchises that joined the NHL together in the 1979-80 season 28-16-11. The Hurricanes franchise holds an 11-10-6 advantage at home.

CAROLINA NOTES:
Carolina center Rod Brind’Amour has 34 points (12g, 22a) in the last 29 games and is third among all Hurricanes with 48 points (16g, 32a). Brind’Amour is tops among all Hurricanes and ranks second in the NHL (minimum 20 games) with a face-off percentage of 60.2%. Hurricanes forward Martin Gelinas notched his 20th goal of the season on March 4 at Chicago, his first 20-goal season since the 1996-97 campaign, when he had 35 goals for the Vancouver Canucks. Gelinas has notched 26 points (9g, 17a) in his last 26 games.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 18-11-3-0 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 12-15-5-3 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 59-of-317 (18.6%) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 260-of-301 (86.4%)

EDMONTON NOTES:
Through games of March 8, The Edmonton Oilers sat three points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference. Edmonton takes on the Sabres in Buffalo on Friday before traveling to Raleigh. Heading into the game against the Sabres, the Oilers have won six consecutive games, most recently blanking Toronto 4-0 on March 7 behind goaltender Tommy Salo’s sixth shutout of the season. Edmonton will practice at the Entertainment and Sports Arena from 1 p.m – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
EDMONTON AT HOME: 21-7-6-1 EDMONTON ON THE ROAD*: 11-17-3-1 EDMONTON ON THE POWER PLAY*: 46-of-325 (14.2%) EDMONTON SHORTHANDED*: 270-of-320 (84.4%)

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 Francis67134053
92 O’Neill 67331952
17 Brind’Amour64163248
23 Gelinas64202747

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe622.4129-23-8.911
31 Moss113.84 1-6-0.853

EDMONTON*GPGATP
67 Weight67185270
94 Smyth67232851
44 Niinimaa6793140

GOALIES*GPGAAW-L-TSV%
35 Salo592.3929-21-9.906
30 Roussel43.531-3-0.876
*stats as of March 8

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