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PREVIEW: HURRICANES at Colorado Avalanche

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (11-8-6, 28 pts)

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COLORADO AVALANCHE (11-12-3, 26 pts)

Saturday, December 4, 1999 at 9:00 p.m.

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes enter Saturday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche with a 11-8-7 record in the team’s first 26 games of the season…The Hurricanes, who are unbeaten in their last five games (2-0-3), have lost just one game in their last 10 (5-1-4)…Carolina skated to a 2-2 tie against the Toronto Maple Leafs in their last game on Thursday night…Following their game against Colorado, the Hurricanes resume their four-game road trip with games against St. Louis, Dallas, and Tampa Bay.

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: HTS/Fox Sports Net South
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/COLORADO SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Colorado Avalanche meet Saturday for the first time during the 1999-2000 regular season…Carolina trails by a 41-59-20 margin in the overall series, including a 17-35-9 mark on the road…Colorado won the season series last year, sweeping the Hurricanes in two games…Carolina is winless in its last three games in Colorado (0-1-2), last defeating the Avalanche 3-2, in overtime on February 9, 1996…The two teams conclude their 1999-2000 series with a game at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on December 20, 2000.

CAROLINA NOTES
Gary Roberts and Jeff O’Neill each scored and defenseman Sean Hill added two assists as the Carolina Hurricanes skated to a 2-2 tie against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, December 2…Hurricanes netminder Arturs Irbe posted 22 saves in his 14th consecutive start for Carolina who extended their unbeaten streak to a season-high five games (2-0-3)…Trailing 1-0 in the second period, Roberts tallied his fourth goal of the season, deflecting a Sean Hill blast from the blueline past Toronto goaltender Curtis Joseph with 15 seconds remaining in the period. With the assist, Hill built his point streak to five games (2g, 6a). O’Neill notched his ninth goal of the season when Ron Francis made a backhanded pass into the slot that O’Neill was able to swing past Joseph to give Carolina a 2-1 lead at the 6:14 mark of the third period…Carolina is 6-2-2 in its last ten games at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…The Hurricanes have scored seven power-play goals in their last five games (7-for-21, 33.3%)…Sean Hill ranks tied for fourth among all NHL defensemen with 17 points…Carolina leads the league along with Boston for most ties (seven)…Ron Francis is three assists shy of tying Mark Messier for fourth on the NHL’s all-time assists list…CAROLINA AT HOME: 6-4-2 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-4-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.1% (18 for 105) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 86.7% (65 for 75).

COLORADO NOTES:
Colorado enters Saturday’s game with a record of 11-12-3 and 26 points…The Avalanche are 2-3-0 in their last five games and 4-5-1 in their last 10 games after falling to Edmonton 3-1 on Wednesday…Second year forwards Chris Drury and Milan Hejduk lead Colorado with 25 points each, with Hejduk hitting the net 15 times…Drury, who captured the Calder Trophy last season as the league’s top rookie, leads the Avalanche with 18 assists…Colorado goaltenders Patrick Roy and Marc Denis have combined for a goals against average of 2.81, with Roy garnering the majority of the ice time with a record of 8-9-2…The Avalanche are currently in second place in the Northwest Division, three points behind the Vancouver Canucks…Colorado owns the best power-play in the league, converting 23 goals on 86 opportunities…COLORADO AT HOME: 5-4-0 COLORADO ON THE ROAD: 6-8-3 COLORADO ON THE POWER PLAY: 26.7% (23 for 86) COLORADO SHORTHANDED: 82.9% (87 for 105).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE: Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley is day-to-day with a knee sprain.

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