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PREVIEW: HURRICANES at Los Angeles Kings

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

PRE-GAME SKATE

CAROLINA HURRICANES (26-29-9-0, 61 pts)

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LOS ANGELES KINGS (30-25-8-3, 71 pts)

Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 10:30 p.m. (ET)

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes play the second of three games against Pacific Division foes Thursday night as they take on the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.…Carolina’s comeback effort at Phoenix on Wednesday night fell short, as the Hurricanes lost 7-5…Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Hurricanes Television Network at 10:30 p.m. locally…Carolina faces the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night, completing a four game road trip…Carolina ranks 11th in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt with 61 points…The Hurricanes trail the New York Rangers (65), Buffalo (64), and Montreal (62) for the eighth and final playoff spot.

ON THE AIR:

Local Television: WRAZ Fox 50, WTDO Fox 14, WXIV TV 14, WFXI FOX 8

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/LOS ANGELES SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes travel to the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the only meeting between the two teams this season as part of a three game West Coast swing…The teams split a pair of games last year, each team winning on the road…Luc Robitaille had four points over the two games (1g, 3a)…Carolina trails in the all-time series 22-24-7 and is 9-14-3 versus the Kings on the road…Carolina has won three of its last four games in Los Angeles.

CAROLINA NOTES: The Hurricanes scored four goals in the third period at Phoenix on Wednesday night, but the Coyotes hung on for a 7-5 victory…Carolina trailed 6-1 entering the final period, but goals by Martin Gelinas, Paul Coffey, Sean Hill, and Robert Kron cut the lead to one before Phoenix added an empty net goal…Ron Francis had three points (1g,2a) on the night and was one of five Hurricanes to have multi-point games (Kron (1g,1a), Hill (1g,1a), Coffey (1g,1a) and O’Neill (0g,2a))…Arturs Irbe started in goal for Carolina but was replaced after allowing three goals on 12 shots 13:21 into the first period...Mark Fitzpatrick played the balance of the game, allowing three goals on 23 shots in 45:56 of play and taking the loss…Carolina has not lost in overtime since a 3-2 defeat at Dallas on March 21, 1999…Hurricanes’ goaltender Arturs Irbe has started 47 of the 51 games…He is 9-5-1 in his last 15 starts, totaling a 2.29 goals against average…After his overtime goal on Saturday at Florida, O’Neill moved into a tie for fifth in the NHL with seven game-winning goals…Carolina has only 600 PIM this season (9.4 per game), the fewest in the NHL…The Hurricanes are 4-8-4 against the Western Conference this season and have posted a 1-3-1 record against the Pacific Division…After their West Coast swing, The Hurricanes will return home to face the Blackhawks on March 8th…Carolina is 5-4-1 since the All-Star Break including a 4-2 record on the road…CAROLINA AT HOME: 14-13-4 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 12-16-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 16.5% (42 for 255) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 83.1% (162 for 195).

LOS ANGELES NOTES: The Los Angeles Kings skated to a 1-1 tie with the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday, stifled by Felix Potvin’s 40 saves…Ziggy Palffy notched his 25th goal of the season in the first period to tie the game, but the Kings’ final 35 shots were turned away by Potvin…Los Angeles netminder Jamie Storr had 32 saves to preserve the tie…The Los Angeles Kings are coming off an 8-4-1 month of February and are currently sixth in the Western Conference playoff race (71 points), four points ahead of seventh place Colorado…The Kings are 9-8-3 against the Eastern Conference this year including a 4-1-2 mark against the Southeast Division…Rob Blake leads the league’s defensemen in scoring with 47 points (16g, 31a), including five game-winning goals…Luc Robitaille leads the King’s in goals (32), power play goals (12), and game-winning goals (7), and is in the top ten in the NHL in each category as well…Los Angeles is tied for 27th in the league in home penalty killing at 78.2% (111 of 142)…LOS ANGELES AT HOME: 15-10-4-0 LOS ANGELES ON THE ROAD: 15-15-4-0 LOS ANGELES ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.9% (50 for 280) LOS ANGELES SHORTHANDED: 81.5% (238 for 292).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:

Curtis Leschyshyn has missed the Hurricanes’ last 14 games due to a groin injury.

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