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PREVIEW: HURRICANES at Boston Bruins

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (15-17-7-0, 37 pts)

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BOSTON BRUINS (14-16-10-2, 40 pts)

Thursday, January 6, 2000 at 7:00 p.m.

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes enters Thursday’s game against Boston Bruins after losing, 2-1, to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night…The Hurricanes are currently in second place in the Southeast Division, trailing the Florida Panthers…Following the game, the Hurricanes return home to begin a three-game homestand against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Friday, January 7, the New York Rangers on Sunday, January 9, and the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, January 11.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Bruins: 10:30 a.m. at the FleetCenter

Hurricanes: 11:30 a.m. at the FleetCenter

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 Thursday for the third of four games this season…The 1999-2000 season series is tied 1-1-0 with each club winning on the road…Arturs Irbe has compiled a 1.51 goals against average and a .940 save percentage in two games against the Bruins this season…Carolina trails the all-time series 47-75-14, and is 18-44-6 against the Bruins on the road…The two teams conclude their 1999-2000 season series on March 10 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.

CAROLINA NOTES: The Carolina Hurricanes had their 10-game home unbeaten streak (8-0-2) against the Ottawa Senators snapped after losing 2-1 to the Senators at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on January 4…Hurricanes’ captain Ron Francis scored the team’s goal on the power-play 23 seconds into the third period to tie the game at 1-1…The Senators’ Shaun Van Allen tallied the game-winner with Ottawa short-handed a 1:47 later to give the team their first win on the road against the Hurricanes since November 2, 1995…Francis’ third period goal left him four goals shy of becoming only player in team history to score 300 goals…Paul Coffey and Gary Roberts each earned assists on the play…Coffey has scored 15 points (3g, 12a) in his last 19 games and Roberts extended his season-long point streak to five games (1g, 5a)…Goaltender Arturs Irbe is four games shy of 100 with the Hurricanes…Heading into tonight’s NHL action, the Hurricanes are one of only three teams in the National Hockey League (Colorado, Detroit) to be ranked in the top ten on both the power-play (10th) and penalty kill (5th)…Last season, the team finished 27th and 12th, respectively…Following the game against the Bruins, the team returns home to host the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Friday night…During the 1999-2000 season, Carolina is 6-8-2 in back to back games with a 2-4-2 record in the first game and a 4-4-0 record in the second game…Last season the team played 17 sets of back-to-back games, posting a 7-7-3 record in the first game and a 6-6-5 in the second game…CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-8-2 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 7-9-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 18.2% (28 for 154) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 86.2% (100 for 116).

BOSTON NOTES: The Boston Bruins rank third in the Northeast Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference with 40 points…The Bruins defeated the New York Islanders on the road, 7-3, last night…During the game, defenseman Ray Bourque tied Mario Lemieux for ninth on the NHL’s all-time points list (1,494) …Boston is 1-3-1 in its last five games and 2-6-2 in its last 10 games overall…The Bruins own the league’s third-best power-play unit, converting on 33 of 168 opportunities with the man advantage…Boston is 4-2-1 against teams from the Southeast Division this season…BOSTON AT HOME: 7-6-6 BOSTON ON THE ROAD: 7-10-4 BOSTON ON THE POWER PLAY: 19.6% (33 for 168) BOSTON SHORTHANDED: 78.0% (99 for 127).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:

Sean Hill has missed the Hurricanes’ last five games due to a groin injury…He will be out for one week.

Kent Manderville has missed the last eight games with a concussion…His status is day-to-day.

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