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PREVIEW: HURRICANES at Tampa Bay Lightning

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (12-10-7, 30 pts)

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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (9-14-4, 24 pts)

Friday, December 10, 1999 at 7:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes enter Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 12-10-7 record in the team’s first 29 games of the season…The Hurricanes, who have lost just three games in their last 13 (6-3-4), conclude their four-game road trip tomorrow against the Lightning…Carolina is 1-2-0 through the first three games of the trip…The Carolina Hurricanes are unbeaten against rivals from the Southeast Division this season (2-0-2)…Last season, the Hurricanes posted a 5-2-8 mark within the Southeast Division, accounting for a division-high 18 points, en route to capturing the division championship…Since the division was created prior to the 1998-99 season, the Hurricanes are 7-2-10 in 19 games (.631) against division rivals with both losses against the Washington Capitals.

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/TAMPA BAY SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet Friday for the third of five games this season…The Hurricanes lead the season series (1-0-1) after tying the Lightning, 3-3, on November 26 and defeating Tampa, 4-2, on November 13…Carolina leads the overall series by a 15-8-6 margin, including a 5-6-3 mark on the road…The Hurricanes are unbeaten in their last 10 games against the Lightning (5-0-5), last losing 4-2, in the 1997-98 season opener at the Ice Palace.

CAROLINA NOTES: The Carolina Hurricanes lost, 2-1, to the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night when Stars’ forward Guy Carbonneau scored the game-winning goal with 1:38 remaining in the third period…The loss spoiled a brilliant effort from Hurricanes’ netminder Arturs Irbe who made 26 saves on 28 shots faced…Ron Francis got the Hurricanes on the scoreboard first with a power-play goal set up perfectly from Jeff O’Neill and Paul Coffey at 14:39 of the first period…Brett Hull tied the score midway through the second period with his team-leading 11th goal of the season to record the Stars’ first goal in over 90 minutes against the Hurricanes this season… Francis is currently one assist shy of tying Mark Messier for fourth on the all-time assists list and two points shy of 900 with the organization…Coffey is three points shy of becoming the only defenseman in league history to record 1,500 points….Sean Hill leads the league in hits (137) and ranks fifth among all NHL defensemen in points (20) this season…Hill leads the team’s defensemen in goals (5), assists (15) and points (20) in 29 games… Over the last eight games, Hill has totaled 11 points (3g, 8a)…He currently leads the team in power-play points (3g, 8a) and is second on the team in assists (15)…Hurricanes center Jeff O’Neill currently ranks second on the team in goals (11), tied for in points (23) and third in assists (12) through 27 games this season…Since missing two games (11/24-11/26) due to a back injury, O’Neill has totaled 11 points (5g, 6a) in six games…He currently ranks tied for third in the NHL with four game-winning goals…CAROLINA AT HOME: 6-4-2 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-6-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 18.6% (22 for 118) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 84.5% (71 for 84).

TAMPA BAY NOTES: Tampa Bay enters Friday’s game on a two-game unbeaten streak (0-0-2) after skating to a 3-3 tie on the road in San Jose on Monday night…The Lightning is 1-2-2 in its last five games and 3-4-3 in its last 10 overall…Tampa Bay, who sits in fourth place in the Southeast Division, is winless in six games against division rivals this season (0-4-2)…Second-year forward Vincent Lecavalier leads the team in goals and is second in points with 19…TAMPA BAY AT HOME: 6-5-2 TAMPA BAY ON THE ROAD: 3-9-2 TAMPA BAY ON THE POWER PLAY: 15.8% (19 for 120) TAMPA BAY SHORTHANDED: 81.3% (100 for 123).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE: The Hurricanes have no injuries.

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