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PREVIEW: HURRICANES at Ottawa Senators

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (24-25-8-0, 56 pts)

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OTTAWA SENATORS (26-20-9-2, 63 pts)

Tuesday, February 15, 2000 at 7:00 p.m.

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes enters tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2, last night at the Air Canada Centre…Carolina is 7-3-0 in its last 10 games and have won their last three straight on the road…The Hurricanes are in third place in the Southeast Division, trailing the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals, and are seeded 9th in the Eastern Conference with 56 points…Tonight’s game marks the fifth consecutive game on the road for Carolina…Carolina is 3-1-0 on the current trip with consecutive victories over the New York Islanders, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Toronto Maple Leafs…Following the game, Carolina returns home for a four-game homestand against the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, and Florida Panthers.

ON THE AIR:

Local Television: HTS/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/OTTAWA SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators meet tonight for the final time this regular season…Ottawa leads the 1999-2000 season with a 2-1-0 mark through the first three games…Carolina leads the overall series 25-9-5, including a 10-7-3 mark on the road…Hurricanes captain Ron Francis (1g, 2a) and alternate captain Gary Roberts (0g, 3a) lead the team in scoring in three games against Ottawa this season…Netminder Arturs Irbe is 1-1-0 with a 1.51 goals against average and a .943 save percentage in two games against the Senators…The Hurricanes are 2-for-9 (22.2%) on the power-play and 8-for-9 on the penalty kill in the 1999-2000 series.

CAROLINA NOTES: The Hurricanes are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games and 6-3-0 since acquiring Rod Brind’Amour on January 23…Ron Francis scored twice and Glen Wesley, Dave Karpa and Rod Brind’Amour each added a goal in the first period as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2, at the Air Canada Centre…Wesley and Karpa scored in a 1:11 minute span in the first period to give Carolina a quick 2-0 lead just 4:06 into the game…After Toronto came back to tie the game, Francis and Brind’Amour responded with goals 1:29 apart to lift Carolina to a 4-2 lead after the first 20 minutes of play…With the win, the Hurricanes extended their season-best overall win streak and road win streak to three games…Arturs Irbe collected 20 saves, including his first career penalty shot save in third period…Also on Monday, Robert Kron played in his 484th game with the franchise, surpassing Dave Tippett for fourth on the team’s all-time games played list…Kron also ranks ninth in team history in goals (103) and is one point shy of tying Dean Evason for 10th on the franchise’s points list (235)…Tonight, Carolina Hurricanes Head Coach Paul Maurice ties Jack Evans (374) for most games as head coach in franchise history…Hired on November 6, 1995, Maurice has compiled a 152-168-53 record during his tenure with the team, ranking second in wins and winning percentage (.479)…Francis has scored four goals in his last five games since returning to the lineup on Feb. 1 after missing two games due to back spasms…The Hurricanes have scored 40 goals on the power-play this season after totaling 41 in 82 games last season…Including Wesley’s and Karpa’s goals last night against Toronto, the Hurricanes defense has tallied 26 goals this year compared to 15 last season…CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 11-14-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.5% (40 for 228) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 81.4% (140 for 172).

SENATORS NOTES: Ottawa enters tonight’s game after losing to the Montreal Canadiens, 5-4, on Saturday night on the road…The Senators are currently in second place in the Northeast Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference with 63 points…Ottawa is 2-5-3 in its last 10 games…OTTAWA AT HOME: 14-8-5 OTTAWA ON THE ROAD: 12-12-4 OTTAWA ON THE POWER PLAY: 16.4% (35 for 213) OTTAWA SHORTHANDED: 85.9% (165 for 192).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:

Gary Roberts did not play last night at Toronto…His status is day-to-day…Curtis Leschyshyn has missed the Hurricanes’ last seven games due to a groin injury…He is day-to-day.

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