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PREVIEW: HURRICANES AT PANTHERS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (17-16-5-2, 41 pts.)


AT
FLORIDA PANTHERS (8-21-7-6, 29 pts.)
Friday, January 12, 2001 at 7:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes enter Friday’s game at Florida on a franchise record-tying seven game home unbeaten streak (6-0-1), but have lost five consecutive games on the road and are winless in their last seven road games. The current home unbeaten streak matches the record set by the Hartford Whalers from March 15-April 5, 1986 (5-0-2). The franchise record for road losing streak is 13, set between Dec. 18, 1982 and Feb. 5, 1983. The franchise record for road winless streak is 15, set between Nov. 11, 1979 and Jan. 9, 1980. Friday’s game is the second half of a home-and-home series between Carolina and Florida. The Hurricanes defeated the Panthers 7-3 on Tuesday in Raleigh.

PRACTICE TIMES:
Jan. 12FridayFlorida11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 13SaturdayIceplex10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Jan. 14SundayNone
Jan. 15MondayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 16TuesdayMontreal11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 17WednesdayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: HTS/Fox Sports Net South
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 / FLORIDA SERIES:
The Hurricanes and Florida have met four times this season, with the Hurricanes going 2-1-1 in the four games. Carolina forwards Rob DiMaio (2g, 2a) and Martin Gelinas (1g, 3a) and Florida defenseman Robert Svehla (0g, 4a) lead all scorers in this season’s series with four points in the four contests. Last season the Hurricanes posted a 3-2 record against the Panthers in the teams’ five match-ups. Carolina posts a 13-14-7 record all-time against the Panthers and is 8-8-1 on home ice and 5-6-6 in Florida. Of the last 14 regular season games between Florida and Carolina, eight games have gone to overtime and just five games have been decided by more than one goal.

CAROLINA NOTES:
Carolina center Ron Francis is just one point shy of equaling Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL all-time points list with 1,590 points. Carolina winger Jeff O’Neill has 15 points in his last 14 games (9g, 6a), scoring goals in eight of those games. O’Neill is currently on a five games point streak (2g, 4a). Martin Gelinas (2g, 4a) has six points in the last two games, while Rod Brind’Amour (4g, 1a) and Shane Willis (1g, 4a) each have notched five points in the last two games. Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe appeared in his 29th consecutive game Tuesday night. Irbe has started 28 consecutive games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 11-5-3 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-11-2-2 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 32-195 (16.4%) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 160-186 (86.0%)

FLORIDA PANTHERS NOTES:
The Florida Panthers enter Tuesday’s game in the basement of the Southeast Division and 29th of the 30 National Hockey League teams in points. Pavel Bure is tied for sixth in the league in goal scoring with 22 goals in 42 games.

FLORIDA AT HOME: 3-11-3-2 FLORIDA ON THE ROAD: 5-10-4-4 FLORIDA ON THE POWER PLAY: 22-185 (11.9%) FLORIDA SHORTHANDED: 186-217 (86.3%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Sandis Ozolinsh had surgery on his knee on Jan. 5. He will be out of the lineup for two weeks.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
HURRICANES GPGATP
10 Francis 40 82230
92 O’Neill 40151328
23 Gelinas 40131427
24 Kapanen 40121527

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe37 2.39 16-14-5.910
31 Moss 7 4.22 1-4-0.853

FLORIDAGPGATP
10 Bure42221335
14 Whitney3582028

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Luongo202.702-13-2.905
37 Kidd273.136-14-5.896

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