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PREVIEW: HURRICANES AT MONTREAL

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (18-16-6-2, 44 pts.)


VS.
MONTREAL CANADIENS (14-25-4-2, 34 pts.)
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 7:30 p.m.

GAME DAY:
The Carolina Hurricanes put their seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) on the line as they travel to Montreal to take on the Canadiens at Molson Centre. The Hurricanes are also currently on a franchise record eight-game home unbeaten streak (7-0-1), but are winless in their last eight road games (0-5-2-1). The home unbeaten streak eclipsed the record set by the Hartford Whalers from March 15-April 5, 1986 (5-0-2). The team is winless in its last eight road games. The franchise record for road winless streak is 15, set between Nov. 11, 1979 and Jan. 9, 1980.

PRACTICE TIMES:
Jan. 16TuesdayMontreal11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 17WednesdayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 18ThursdayESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 19FridayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 20SaturdayESA10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: HTS/FSN
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WTRP-620 AM (La Grange, Ga.); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); 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).

CAROLINA / MONTREAL SERIES:
Montreal knocked off Carolina in the first game of a four game season series with a 5-2 win over Carolina on October 21. The Canadiens won the four-game series against the Hurricanes last season 3-1-0, with the Hurricanes’ lone victory coming by a score of 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 24, 2000. Carolina is 43-79-16 all-time against Montreal, including a 28-33-9 at home and a 15-46-7 record at Montreal.

CAROLINA NOTES
Carolina winger Jeff O’Neill has 19 points in his last 16 games (12g, 7a), scoring goals in 10 of those games. O’Neill is currently on a team season-high seven game point streak (5g, 5a) and notched his 100th career goal Sunday against Anaheim. Martin Gelinas (3g, 4a) has seven points in the last four games, while Rod Brind’Amour (4g, 2a) and Shane Willis (1g, 5a) each have notched six points in the last four games. Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe appeared in his 31st consecutive game Sunday, notching his franchise-high 15th shutout with the Hurricanes. Irbe has started 30 consecutive games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-5-3 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-11-3-2 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 35-207 (16.9%) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 168-194 (86.6%)

MONTREAL NOTES:
The Canadiens are currently in the second game of a five-game homestand at Molson Centre. Montreal. By scoring a empty net goal at 19:51 on January 2 at NY Islanders, Montreal goaltender José Théodore realized a feat never accomplished by any goalie in NHL history, becoming the first goaltender to score a goal and and record a shutout (32 saves, 3-0 win. He became the sixth goaltender in league history to be credited with a goal in the regular season.

MONTREAL AT HOME: 7-13-2-0 MONTREAL ON THE ROAD: 7-12-2-2 MONTREAL ON THE POWER PLAY: 44-261 (16.9%) MONTREAL SHORTHANDED: 160-198 (80.8%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Sandis Ozolinsh had surgery on his knee on Jan. 5. He is expected to return on Jan. 22.
Kevin Hatcher is day-to-day with a strained knee.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
10 Francis 42102333
92 O’Neill 42181432
24 Kapanen 42121729
23 Gelinas 42141428
25 Willis 37 91524

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe39 2.31 17-14-6.91331 Moss 7 4.22 1-4-0.853

MONTREALGPGATP
49 Savage45171431
26 Rucinsky3491625
43 Brisebois4581624

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
30 Garon61.882-3-0.917
29 Theodore292.619-14-2.899

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