CAROLINA HURRICANES (24-21-7-2, 57 pts.)
DETROIT RED WINGS (32-16-5-4, 73 pts.)
Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 7:30 p.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes travel to Detroit for the final game of a five-game road stretch. The Hurricanes earned a tie with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Feb 11, running their record on the current road swing to 2-1-1. The Hurricanes have lost just five of their last 19 games (11-5-3). Carolina is unbeaten this season when leading after two periods (18-0-1). The Hurricanes have killed off 34 of their last 35 penalties on the road.
Feb. 13TuesdayDetroit1:30 p.m. â€“ 3:30 p.m.
Feb. 14WednesdayDetroit11:30 a.m. â€“ 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 15ThursdayESA11:00 a.m.
Feb. 16FridayESA10:30 a.m. â€“ 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 17SaturdayESA11:00 a.m. â€“ 1:00 p.m.
ON THE AIR:
Local Television: HTS/Fox Sports Net
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WTRP-620 AM (La Grange, Ga.); 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); WLNR-1230 AM (Kinston).
CAROLINA / DETROIT SERIES:
The Hurricanes and Red Wings meet on Wednesday night for the first and only time of the 2000-01 season. Detroit swept the season series last year, defeating Carolina 4-1 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena and 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena. Detroitâ€™s Brendan Shanahan led all scorers with three points (1g, 2a) in the series last year. Detroit leads the all-time season series with Carolina 25-23-7, including a 15-7-6 mark at home. The Hurricanes have not won in Detroit since the 1989-90 season, when the team was 2-0 there. The Hurricanes are 0-10-0 in their last 10 games in Detroit.
Hurricanes center Rod Brindâ€™Amour (8g, 12a) has 20 points in the last 16 games and has points in ten of his last 11 games (4g, 10a). Carolina winger Jeff Oâ€™Neill has 31 points in his last 28 games (22g, 9a), scoring goals in 16 of those games. Ron Francis has eight points in his last seven games (1g, 7a) and 17 points (5g, 12a) in his last 15 games. Goaltender Arturs Irbe has started 41 of the last 42 games.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 14-9-3 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-12-4-2 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 44-of-257 (17.1%) CAROLINA SHORT-HANDED: 221-of-252 (87.7%)
The Detroit Red Wings are currently on an eight-game unbeaten streak at Joe Louis Arena (Dec. 31-Feb. 8: 7-0-1). The Red Wings have the top penalty kill in the NHL at 87.9%, just edging second-ranked Carolina (87.7%). Detroit captain Steve Yzerman is ranked sixth all-time in scoring with 1,594 points (638g, 956a). Carolina captain Ron Francis is fifth all-time with 1,604 points (484g, 1120a).
DETROIT AT HOME: 17-9-2-2 DETROIT ON THE ROAD: 15-7-3-2 DETROIT ON THE POWER PLAY: 53-of-255 (20.8%) DETROIT SHORT-HANDED: 239-of-272 (87.9%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Niclas Wallin suffered a strained shoulder against Tampa Bay (1/29). He is day-to-day.
Darren Langdon suffered a groin strain at Phoenix (2/7). He is day-to-day.
Martin Gelinas suffered an MCL sprain at Los Angeles (2/8) He is out 7-10 days.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
10 Francis 54123446
92 Oâ€™Neill 54281644
23 Gelinas 53182139
24 Kapanen 54132437
17 Brindâ€™Amour 51122234
1 Irbe502.38 23-18-7.910