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PREVIEW: HURRICANES at Montreal Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (30-31-10-0, 70 pts)

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MONTREAL CANADIENS (30-33-8-3, 71 pts)

Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes visit the Montreal Canadiens tonight as the team concludes a two-day, two-game road trip…Following the game the Hurricanes return home before traveling to face the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night…Carolina is currently in third place in the Southeast Division and is among five teams fighting for the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference with 70 points…Entering tonight’s game, Carolina is in ninth spot, trailing the Canadiens by one point for eighth place in the conference…The Hurricanes are 2-2-1 in their last five games and 5-4-1 in their last 10 after losing 4-2 on the road last night in Washington…Since the All-Star Break, the Hurricanes are 9-6-2…The Carolina Hurricanes are 13-1-0 this season in games played on Saturday.

ON THE AIR:

Local Television: Home Team Sports/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/MONTREAL SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens meet for the final time during the regular season…Montreal leads the season series 2-1-0 after posting consecutive 3-0 shutouts against the Hurricanes…The Hurricanes trail the Canadiens 43-77-16 in the overall series and are 15-44-7 on the road.

CAROLINA NOTES: Among one of five teams (Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, and Buffalo Sabres) aiming to claim the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, the Carolina Hurricanes have 11 games remaining on their 1999-2000 regular season schedule…Carolina has six games remaining at home and five games on the road…Of their remaining schedule, eight games will be against teams with below .500 records…Including tonight’s game, Carolina is 12-10-0 this season against their remaining opponents…Last night in Washington, Martin Gelinas and Andrei Kovalenko each scored in the third period in a 4-2 loss on the road to the Capitals on St. Patrick’s Day…Trailing 2-0 early in the third period, Gelinas recorded his 14th goal of the season off a slapshot to close the Hurricanes’ deficit to one…Kovalenko tallied his 14th goal with a nifty backhander that slipped past Olaf Kolzig at 13:04 of the third period to account for the game’s final score…Arturs Irbe collected 20 saves in his league-leading 64th game of the season… Entering tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, Hurricanes goaltender Arturs Irbe ranks among the league leaders for goaltenders this season in games (64), minutes (3,688) and wins (27)…Last night against Washington, Irbe moved past Sean Burke for the franchise season record in minutes (3,669) and is three games shy of surpassing Burke in games …Over his last 22 games, Irbe is 13-7-2 with a 2.29 goals against average (1,339 min, 51 ga)…CAROLINA AT HOME: 16-14-5 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 14-17-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.3% (50 for 289) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 82.9% (184 for 222).

MONTREAL NOTES: The Montreal Canadiens enter tonight’s game in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the Hurricanes…Injuries which have plagued the Canadiens all season will be a factor again tonight…Montreal will be without the services of Shayne Corson, Saku Koivu and Trevor Linden for tonight…Koivu and Linden are lost for the season with their injuries…Montreal has lost their last two home games and are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games overall…Goaltender Jeff Hackett, who is 18-20-2 with six shutouts, will be in net tonight for Montreal…The goaltending duo of Hackett and Jose Theodore rank fourth in the league with a 2.32 goals against average…MONTREAL AT HOME: 15-16-5 MONTREAL ON THE ROAD: 15-17-3 MONTREAL ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.2% (46 for 268) MONTREAL SHORTHANDED: 85.3% (226 for 265).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:

The Carolina Hurricanes have no injuries to report for tonight’s game.

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