CAROLINA HURRICANES (30-32-10-0, 70 pts)
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (41-24-8-5, 95 pts)
Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.
GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes visit the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night before the team returns home to host the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night…Carolina is currently in third place in the Southeast Division and is among six teams fighting for the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference with 70 points…The Hurricanes are 1-3-1 in their last five games and 5-4-1 in their last 10 after losing 3-2 on the road to Montreal on Saturday night…Carolina is three points behind the Montreal Canadiens for the eighth spot and four points behind Pittsburgh for the seventh position.
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/NEW JERSEY SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils meet for the fourth and final time of the 1999-2000 regular season…New Jersey leads the 1999-2000 season series, 2-1-0…Carolina trails the overall series 28-34-10, including a 13-20-3 record on the road…The Hurricanes defeated the Devils, 4-3 in overtime, in the last game of the series on January 28…Robert Kron (1g, 2a) and Paul Ranheim (1g, 2a) lead all Hurricanes’ scorers with three points in the series…Arturs Irbe has totaled a 1-1-0 record with a 3.03 goals against average and a .891 save percentage in two games against the Devils this season…Carolina is 2-for-12 (16.7%) on the power-play and six-for-eight (75.0%) on the penalty kill against New Jersey.
CAROLINA NOTES: Among one of six teams aiming to claim the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, the Carolina Hurricanes have 10 games remaining on their 1999-2000 regular season schedule…Carolina has six games remaining at home and four games on the road…Of their remaining schedule, seven games will be against teams with below .500 records…Including tonight’s game, Carolina is 11-8-0 this season against their remaining opponents…In Montreal on Saturday, Gary Roberts and Sean Hill each scored and Rod Brind’Amour added two assists as the Carolina Hurricanes lost their second consecutive game, 3-2 on the road to the Canadiens…Roberts recorded his fourth goal in his last six games to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead at 7:10 of the first period …Montreal tallied two unanswered goals before Sean Hill apparently scored the equalizer in the third period…The goal was disallowed under video review…Montreal’s Brian Savage scored the game-winner at 9:41 of the final period…Hill notched his 10th goal of the season when the Hurricanes pulled Arturs Irbe less than a minute remaining…Irbe totaled 24 saves in 59 minutes of action…In his 10th NHL season, defenseman Sean Hill has totaled 37 points (10g, 27a) in 54 games for the Hurricanes this season…Hill, who had posted 88 points (18g, 70a) in 338 games prior to this year, leads the Hurricanes’ defensemen in goals, assists, and points this season despite missing 18 games with a groin injury…Acquired from the Ottawa Senators on November 18, 1997 in exchange for Chris Murray, Hill leads the team in ice time (24:32) and hits (220) while ranking third in assists and fifth in scoring…CAROLINA AT HOME: 16-14-5 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 14-18-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.2% (50 for 291) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 83.1% (187 for 225).
NEW JERSEY NOTES: The New Jersey Devils enter Tuesday’s game having clinched a playoff berth over the weekend…New Jersey ranks first in the Eastern Conference and first in the Atlantic Division with 95 points…The Devils own a five-point lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers for home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs…The Devils are 2-3-0 in their last five games and 4-5-1 in their last 10 after defeating the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Sunday…New Jersey ranks second in the NHL in both the power-play and the penalty kill…NEW JERSEY AT HOME: 26-8-3 NEW JERSEY ON THE ROAD: 15-16-5 NEW JERSEY ON THE POWER PLAY: 19.8% (47 for 237) NEW JERSEY SHORTHANDED: 88.2% (246 for 270).
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Curtis Leschyshyn is day-to-day with a groin injury after missing the Hurricanes’ last game at Montreal.