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PREVIEW: HURRICANES at St. Louis Blues

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (11-9-7, 28 pts)

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ST. LOUIS BLUES (17-8-2, 36 pts)

Tuesday, December 7, 1999 at 8:00 p.m.

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes enter Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues with a 11-9-7 record in the team’s first 27 games of the season…The Hurricanes have lost just two games in their last 10 (4-2-4) and one in their last five (2-1-2)…Carolina fell to the Colorado Avalanche, 3-1, in its last game on Saturday night in Denver…Following Tuesday’s game against St. Louis, the Hurricanes resume their four-game road trip with games against Dallas on Wednesday and Tampa Bay on Friday.

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/ST. LOUIS SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the St. Louis Blues meet for the first time during the 1999-2000 regular season…Carolina trails by a 19-31-4 margin in the overall series, including a 8-18-2 mark on the road…St. Louis won the season series last year, defeating the Hurricanes 5-2 in St. Louis in the teams’ only meeting of the season…Carolina has lost its last seven games in St Louis, last defeating the Blues 4-3 on November 9, 1991…The two teams conclude their 1999-2000 series with a game at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on March 22, 2000.

CAROLINA NOTES:
Eric Fichaud made his first start in 15 games, allowing three goals and making 24 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes fell to the Colorado Avalanche, 3-1, before a sold-out crowd at the new Pepsi Center in Denver on Saturday night…Ron Francis scored his fifth goal of the season at 3:57 of the second period to move within five points of 900 with the franchise…Andrei Kovalenko notched the assist on the goal by Francis, extending his scoring and assist streaks to five games (1g, 6a)…The loss snapped a season-best, five-game unbeaten streak for the Hurricanes…Carolina continues on its four game road trip tomorrow night at St. Louis before travelling to Dallas and Tampa Bay…Carolina is winless in its last five road games (0-3-2)…The Hurricanes shutout the New York Islanders in the team’s last road win on October 30…With a 5-5-5 mark on the road, the Hurricanes rank sixth in the league and first in the Eastern Conference with 15 points on the road…The Hurricanes are currently in second place in the Southeast Division, trailing the Florida Panthers by three points…Carolina is tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference with 29 points…Hurricanes defensemen Sean Hill ranks tied for seventh among all NHL defensemen in points (17)…CAROLINA AT HOME: 6-4-2 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-5-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 16.5% (18 for 109) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 85.7% (66 for 77).

ST. LOUIS NOTES:
St. Louis enters Tuesday’s game with a record of 17-8-2 and 36 points…The Blues are tied with the Detroit Red Wings for the Central Division lead and rank second overall in the NHL with 36 points…St. Louis is 7-2-1 in its last 10 games and 4-1-0 in its last five games…The Blues lost their last game, 3-2 at Philadelphia on Sunday…After losing their first two games at home this season, the Blues are 10-1-2 in their last 13 games at the Kiel Center…St. Louis is unbeaten in its last seven games at home (4-0-3)…Forward Pierre Turgeon leads the Blues offensively, tallying 31 points (14g, 17a) in 23 games, ranking fifth in the NHL in points…St. Louis team captain Chris Pronger is off to another strong season, ranking ninth among NHL defensemen in points with 16…The goaltending tandem of Roman Turek and Jamie McLennan rank second in the league with a combined goals against average of 2.17…Turek ranks tied for third in the league with 12 wins…ST. LOUIS AT HOME: 10-3-2 ST. LOUIS ON THE ROAD: 7-5-0 ST. LOUIS ON THE POWER PLAY: 16.8% (20 for 119) ST. LOUIS SHORTHANDED: 86.2% (100 for 116).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE: The Hurricanes have no injuries.

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