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PREVIEW: HURRICANES at NY Islanders

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (21-25-8-0, 50 pts)

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NEW YORK ISLANDERS (13-33-6-1, 33 pts)

Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes enter Tuesday’s game against the New York Islanders after losing to the Washington Capitals 2-1 on February 3rd…The Hurricanes are currently in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with 50 points and are 2-3-0 in their last five games…Following the game, the Hurricanes will play three games in four nights on the road beginning against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, February 12.

ON THE AIR:

Local Television: none

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/ISLANDERS SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders will meet for the third of four games this season…The season series is tied 1-1-0 with both teams posting a shutout on road ice…The all-time series is tied 31-31-9 after the Islanders shutout the Hurricanes, 2-0, on November 10…The Hurricanes are 8-3-0 in their last 11 games against the Islanders…The two teams will meet again on March 26 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.

CAROLINA NOTES: The Hurricanes were a goal short in a 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals in the team’s last game before the All-Star break…Gary Roberts scored a power play goal in the first period when he redirected a Paul Coffey shot from the point to give Carolina a 1-0 lead…The assist pushed Coffey into the lead among Hurricanes defensemen in points (24) and assists (19)…Roberts is second on the team in power play goals (5)…Carolina has scored 21 power-play goals in 27 games on the road this season, ranking second in the league with a 19.6 power-play percentage on the road…Last season, the Hurricanes tallied 41 power-play goals in 82 games compared to 38 in 54 games this season…Forward Sami Kapanen made his first All-Star appearance on February 6 in Toronto, and won the Fastest Skater event with a time of 13.649 seconds during the Superskills Contest...Forward Robert Kron is two games shy (481) of tying Dave Tippett (483) for fourth in franchise history in games played…Ron Francis is one goal shy (299) of 300 with the franchise…Francis and Coffey rank seventh and eighth, respectively, on the NHL’s all-time points list…Newly acquired Rod Brind’Amour is four games shy (796) of 800 for his career…Center Jeff O’Neill registered the fastest overtime goal in franchise history when he scored 16 seconds into overtime against the New Jersey Devils on January 28…The Hurricanes lead the league with the fewest penalties (470 minutes) and penalty minutes per game (8.7)…The Hurricanes defensive corps has scored 23 goals this season after totaling 15 during the entire 1998-99 season…Irbe notched his ninth shutout in a Hurricanes’ sweater during a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers on January 9, moving into third on the franchise’s all-time… CAROLINA AT HOME: 13-11-3 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-14-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.9% (38 for 212) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 83.0% (137 for 165).

ISLANDERS NOTES: The New York Islanders suffered their 33rd loss of the season when they fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 3…The Islanders have lost three consecutive games after posting a three-game winning streak and are 4-14-1 in their last 19 games… New York is in fifth place in the Atlantic Division and 14th in the Eastern Conference with 33 points…The Islanders begin a three-game homestand on Tuesday against the Hurricanes and will play four of their next five on home ice…Captain Kenny Jonsson missed Wednesday’s game due to a concussion…LW Josh Green recorded his first career two-goal game last Wednesday…ISLANDERS AT HOME: 6-17-3 ISLANDERS ON THE ROAD: 7-16-3 ISLANDERS ON THE POWER PLAY: 11.0% (22 for 200) ISLANERS SHORTHANDED: 79.3% (203 for 256).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:

Curtis Leschyshyn has missed the Hurricanes’ last four games due to a groin injury…He is day-to-day.

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