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CAROLINA HURRICANES (12-14-4-2, 30 pts.)
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (10-17-4-2, 26 pts.)
Tuesday, December 26, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes play their fourth straight road game Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Ice Palace. Hurricane team captain Ron Francis has eight points in the last eight games (12/6-12/23: 1g, 7a). Carolina winger Jeff O’Neill has scored a goal in five of his last six games (12/9-12/23; 5g, 2a). The Hurricanes are currently in third place in the Southeast Division after falling to the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime at First Union Center on Saturday.
TuesdayDec. 26Tampa Bay11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WednesdayDec. 27ESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
ON THE AIR:
Local Television: Home Team Sports/ Fox Sports 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 / TAMPA BAY SERIES:
Sandis Ozolinsh scored the overtime game-winner as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Oct. 31. Last season, the Hurricanes won the season series against the Lightning 3-1-1, including a 1-1-1 mark at the Ice palace. Jeff O’Neill scored the game-winner in the Hurricanes’ 3-2 win at the Ice Palace on February 12, 2000. The Hurricanes lead the all-time series with the Lightning 18-9-6, and have a 6-7-3 record in Tampa Bay.
The Hurricanes are 3-1-2 against Southeast Division opponents this season. The Hurricanes were 12-5-3 against Divisional opponents last season…Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe has started 21 consecutive games for the Hurricanes. The franchise record for consecutive games started by a goaltender is 24 set by Irbe last season… Jeff O’Neill (9g, 4a) leads all Hurricanes scorers when away from Raleigh with 13 points in Carolina’s 18 road games so far this season…O’Neill has scored a goal in five of his last six games (12/9-12/23; 5g, 2a).
CAROLINA AT HOME: 6-5-2 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-9-2-2 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 14.3% (22 for 154) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 86.8 (125 for 144)
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING NOTES:
Lightning rookie LW Brad Richards has emerged as one of the top candidates for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year…Richards leads all NHL rookies in points (28), goals (10), assists (18), power play points (13), and power play assists (9).
TAMPA BAY AT HOME: 7-5-2-0 TAMPA BAY ON THE ROAD: 3-12-2-2 TAMPA BAY ON THE POWER PLAY: 14.2% (26 for 183) TAMPA BAY SHORTHANDED: 81.3% (139 for 171)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
RW Shane Willis missed the Hurricanes’ game at Philadelphia due to back spasms. He is day-to-day.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERSHURRICANES GPGATP10 Francis 32 6192524 Kapanen 3210122292 O’Neill 3211 9208 Ozolinsh 32 41519GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%1 Irbe 29 2.39 11-12-4.90931 Moss 7 4.22 1-4-0.853TAMPA BAYGPGATP4 Lecavalier3314142819 Richards3310182833 Modin32161026GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%35 Kochan72.080-1-0.93339 Cloutier143.472-7-2.89180 Weekes243.508-11-2.896