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PREVIEW: HURRICANES AT ST. LOUIS, NY RANGERS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (36-31-8-3, 83 pts.)
AT
ST. LOUIS BLUES (41-22-11-5, 98 pts.) Tues. April 3, 2001 at 8 p.m.
NEW YORK RANGERS (32-41-5-1, 70 pts.) Wed. April 4, 2001 at 7 p.m.
All times EST, Statistics through April 1

GAME NIGHT:
The Hurricanes take on the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday at Savvis Center and the NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, the final two road games of the 2000-01 regular season. The games are Carolina’s final of 17 sets of back-to-back games this season. Carolina is 14-16-2 in back-to-back games this year. Heading into Boston’s game against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, the Hurricanes hold a one-point lead over the Bruins for the eighth playoff spot with four games remaining for each team. The Hurricanes also hold both the wins and head-to-head tie-breaker advantages against Boston. Carolina currently trails seventh seed Toronto by three points with one game in hand.

EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF RACE
 RANKGPWLTOTLGFGAPTS
TORONTO779352811522420086
CAROLINA87836318320021483
BOSTON97833298821523882
GP = Games Played    W = Wins    L = Losses
T = Ties    OTL = Overtime Losses
GF = Goals For    GA = Goals Against    PTS = Points

Teams receive two points for each win, one point for
a tie or overtime loss and no points for a loss.

PRACTICE TIMES:
April 3TuesdaySt. Louis11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
April 4WednesdayNew York10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
April 5ThursdayIceplex10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
April 6FridayESA10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: Tuesday: none; Wednesday: espn2.
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

CAROLINA NOTES:
Ron Francis is one assist shy of moving into a tie for third place on the NHL all-time assist list. With his overtime game-winning goal against Ottawa on April 1, Shane Willis became the first rookie to record 20 goals for the franchise since Patrick Poulin found the net 20 times during the 1992-93 season. With their consecutive overtime wins against Washington and Ottawa, Carolina is 6-3-8 in overtime this season - the sixth best overtime record in the NHL.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 22-14-3-0 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 14-17-5-3 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 67-of-360 (18.6%) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 299-of-343 (87.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Rob DiMaio missed Carolina’s last two games with a bruised sternum. He is day-to-day.

CAROLINA / ST. LOUIS SERIES:
The Hurricanes face the Blues for the second of two match-ups this season. The Blues took the first meeting 4-1 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Oct. 29, as 10 different Blues players earned points, led by Scott Young (1g, 1a) and Michal Handzus (0g, 2a). Last season, the teams split their two meetings, with each team winning on the road. St. Louis leads the all-time series 33-20-4, including an 18-9-2 advantage at home.

ST. LOUIS NOTES:
The Blues pulled off the biggest blockbuster trade of deadline day, acquiring Keith Tkachuk from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Michal Handzus, Ladislav Nagy, Jeff Taffe, and a first-round draft pick. The Blues are 2-3-2-1 with Tkachuk in the lineup.

ST. LOUIS AT HOME: 26-5-4-3 ST. LOUIS ON THE ROAD: 15-17-7-2 ST. LOUIS ON THE POWER PLAY: 71-of-370 (19.2%) ST. LOUIS SHORTHANDED: 324-of-379 (85.5%)

CAROLINA / NY RANGERS SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers meet for the final of four games this season. The Hurricanes have taken two of three from the Rangers this season, including a 3-2 win at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 24. The Hurricanes also defeated the Rangers 4-3 on Dec. 27 in the teams’ first meeting of the season. The Rangers’ lone win came by the score of 5-2 on Jan. 22 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Martin Gelinas (3g, 2a) and Rod Brind’Amour (1g, 4a) lead all Hurricanes scorers against the Rangers with five points each. Petr Nedved (1g, 4a) has five points for New York in the series.

NY RANGERS NOTES:
The Rangers have won four consecutive games heading into Wednesday’s match-up. Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch was one of the first 10 players selected to represent the United States at the 2002 Olympic Games. New York rookie Tomas Kloucek tore his ACL against Atlanta on Sunday and is expected to be sidelined into next season. Kloucek will undergo six months of rehabilitation following surgery on the knee.

NEW YORK AT HOME: 17-19-3-1 NEW YORK ON THE ROAD: 15-22-2-0 NEW YORK ON THE POWER PLAY: 65-of-354 (18.4%) NEW YORK SHORTHANDED: 305-of-390 (78.2%)

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP10 Francis78144761
92 O’Neill 78372461
24 Kapanen78203656
17 Brind’Amour75183452
23 Gelinas75222951

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe732.4435-28-8.908
31 Moss123.99 1-6-0.853

ST. LOUISGPGATP
77 Turgeon76295079
7 Tkachuk73334376
48 Young78373269

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
35 Johnson312.1719-9-2.907
1 Turek512.3622-18-9.898

NY RANGERSGPGATP
2 Leetch79215879
93 Nedved76324476
14 Fleury62304474

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
30 McLean233.498-10-1.889
31 Hebert103.694-5-1.893

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