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PREVIEW: HURRICANES at Dallas Stars

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (12-9-7, 30 pts)

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DALLAS STARS (13-12-3, 30 pts)

Wednesday, December 8, 1999 at 8:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes enter tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars with a 12-9-7 record in the team’s first 28 games of the season…The Hurricanes have lost just two games in their last 12 (6-2-4) and one in their last five (3-1-1)…The Hurricanes defeated the St. Louis Blues, 4-2, last night to close to within one point of the Southeast Division leading Florida Panthers…Following tonight’s game against Dallas, the Hurricanes conclude their four-game road trip in Tampa Bay on Friday.

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/DALLAS SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Dallas Stars meet tonight for the second of two games this season…Carolina trails the all-time series 19-29-5, and are 9-14-1 against the Stars at home…Carolina leads the 1999-2000 season series, 1-0-0, after defeating the Stars, 1-0, on November 20…Paul Ranheim scored the game’s only goal and Arturs Irbe posted 24 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes shutout the defending Stanley Cup Champions at the Entertainment and Sports Arena….Irbe notched his 21st career shutout and his eighth with the Hurricanes, moving into a tie for third place on the team’s all-time shutout list…Ranheim recorded his first goal of the season when Jeff Daniels created a turnover from behind Dallas’ net and Kent Manderville fed a pass into the slot at 8:39 of the second period.

CAROLINA NOTES:
Jeff O’Neill (2g, 1a) and Sean Hill (1g, 2a) each collected three points and Arturs Irbe extended his unbeaten streak to six games (3-0-3) as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the St. Louis Blues, 4-2 last night…The win snapped a seven-game home unbeaten streak for the Blues and earned the Hurricanes first win in St. Louis since 1991…Carolina matched a season-high with three power-play goals and improved its road record to 6-5-5 on the season…Paul Coffey continued his strong play, tallying his third goal of the season at 8:26 of the first period to tie the score at 1-1…Captain Ron Francis earned primary assists on the game-tying goal and the game-winning goal in the second period to move to within one assist of Mark Messier for fourth on the all-time assists list…Hill, who established a career-high with three points last night against St. Louis, ranks fifth among all NHL defensemen with 20 points…Carolina is fourth in the NHL and first in the Eastern Conference with 17 points earned on the road…After finishing the 1998-99 season with a league-worst 11.0% power-play, the Hurricanes currently rank sixth in the league with a 18.4% power-play…CAROLINA AT HOME: 6-4-2 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-5-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 18.4% (21 for 114) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 84.0% (68 for 81).

DALLAS NOTES:
Dallas enters tonight’s game with a record of 13-12-3…The Stars are tied for fourth in the Pacific Division and rank eighth in the Western Conference with 30 points…Dallas has won four of its last five games (4-1-0) and is 5-4-1 in its last 10…Dallas lost their last game 3-2 against the Phoenix Coyotes…Ed Belfour heads the goaltending unit for the Stars, ranking seventh in the league with a 2.16 goals against average…Heading in tonight’s game, the Stars have allowed 63 goals in 28 games, fourth fewest in the NHL, while scoring 62 also the fourth fewest…Dallas is 9-0-0 this season when scoring three or more goals and is 4-12-3 when scoring less than three goals…DALLAS AT HOME: 5-7-1 DALLAS ON THE ROAD: 8-5-2 DALLAS ON THE POWER PLAY: 12.3% (13 for 106) DALLAS SHORTHANDED: 90.3% (84 for 93).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE: The Hurricanes have no injuries.

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