CAROLINA HURRICANES (35-31-8-3, 81 pts.)
OTTAWA SENATORS (46-20-9-3, 104 pts.)
Sunday, April 1, 2001 at 2 p.m.
The Hurricanes begin a three-game road trip against the Ottawa Senators at Corel Centre. Following Sunday’s game, the Hurricanes will play back-to-back games at St. Louis on Tuesday and the NY Rangers on Wednesday. The Hurricanes lead the Boston Bruins by one point for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference heading into the Bruins’ game against the NY Islanders on Saturday. Carolina holds both the wins and head-to-head tiebreaker advantages over Boston.
March 31SaturdayESA2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
April 1SundayOttawa10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
April 2MondaySt. Louis11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
April 3TuesdaySt. Louis11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
ON THE AIR:
Local Television: none.
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); 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).Internet: www.nhl.com
Ron Francis is one assist shy of moving into third place on the NHL all-time assist list. Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice became the first coach in franchise history to reach 200 wins with Carolina’s 4-3 overtime victory against Washington on March 30. Rod Brind’Amour notched his 300th career NHL goal with the overtime game-winner against Washington. Sami Kapanen has four goals in his last five games and 10 points (6g, 4a) in the last 10 games. Defenseman Glen Wesley returned to action on Friday against the Capitals after missing 11 games due to a broken jaw.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 22-14-3-0 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 13-17-5-3 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 67-of-358 (18.7%) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 297-of-340 (87.4%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Rob DiMaio missed Carolina’s game against Washington (3/30) with a bruised sternum. He is day-to-day.
CAROLINA / OTTAWA SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Ottawa Senators meet for the final time in the regular season at Corel Centre on Sunday afternoon. The Hurricanes have taken two of three from the Senators this season, with all three games resulting in shutouts. Carolina blanked Ottawa 4-0 on Nov. 12 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena and then handed the Senators their first home loss of the season with a 1-0 shutout at Corel Centre on Nov. 16. The Senators blanked the Hurricanes 2-0 on Dec. 3 in Raleigh. Shane Willis leads all scorers in this year’s season series with four points (3g, 1a). The Hurricanes are 27-11-5 all-time against Ottawa, including a 16-4-2 record at home and an 11-8-3 record on the road.
The Senators reclaimed the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 5-4 overtime victory against the Boston Bruins at Corel Centre on March 30. Senators rookie Martin Havlat notched the OT winner and is tied with Carolina rookie Shane Willis for third among rookie goal-scorers with 19 goals this season.
OTTAWA AT HOME: 25-7-5-2 OTTAWA ON THE ROAD: 21-13-4-1 OTTAWA ON THE POWER PLAY: 67-of-357 (18.8%) OTTAWA SHORTHANDED: 300-of-346 (86.7%)
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
92 O’Neill 77352459
31 Moss113.84 1-6-0.853