CAROLINA HURRICANES (23-25-8-0, 54 pts)
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (30-20-6-3, 69 pts)
Monday, February 14, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.
GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes enters Monday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2, on Saturday night…The Hurricanes are in third place in the Southeast Division, trailing the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals, and are seeded 11th in the Eastern Conference with 54 points…Monday’s game marks the fourth of five consecutive games on the road for Carolina…Carolina is 2-1-0 on the current trip with consecutive victories over the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning…Following the game, Carolina concludes their road trip with a matchup against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, February 15.
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/MAPLE LEAFS SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet tonight for the fourth time during the 1999-2000 regular season…The Hurricanes trail the season series, 0-1-2 after skating to a 2-2 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 2nd at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…Carolina leads the overall series by a 30-17-10 margin, including a 14-9-5 mark in Toronto…The Hurricanes have skated to consecutive ties (2-2 on February 24, 1999 and 3-3 on October 20, 1999) in the team’s two appearances at Air Canada Centre and is unbeaten (1-0-2) in their last three games in Toronto…Gary Roberts leads all Hurricanes scorers with three points (2g, 1a) in two games against the Maple Leafs…Arturs Irbe is 0-0-2 with a 2.31 goals against average and a .915 save percentage in two appearances against Toronto this season…Carolina has posted a 16.7% rate on the power-play (2-for-12) and an 87.5% mark on the penalty kill (7-for-8) in the 1999-2000 season series.
CAROLINA NOTES: The Hurricanes are 6-3-0 in their last nine games and 5-3-0 since acquiring Rod Brind’Amour on January 23…On Saturday night, Martin Gelinas scored twice and Robert Kron, Sean Hill and Jeff O’Neill each added a goal as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2, at the Ice Palace…The Hurricanes, who notched their second consecutive road win, are 6-3-0 in their last nine games overall. With the score at 3-2 in the third period, Gelinas tallied a power-play goal that was set up by Ron Francis and Jeff O’Neill at 10:10 to give Carolina a two-goal lead…Gelinas responded with an insurance goal less than six minutes later to notch his third goal in the last two games…Goaltender Arturs Irbe totaled 21 saves in his 11th consecutive start to earn his 20th win of the season…Also on Saturday, Robert Kron played in his 483rd game with the franchise, tying Dave Tippett for fourth on the team’s all-time games played list…Kron also ranks ninth in team history in goals (103) after scoring on Saturday and is three points shy of tying Dean Evason for 10th on the franchise’s points list (235)…With his assist on Gelinas’ power-play goal in the third period, Ron Francis has matched his assist total (31) of last season…Carolina Hurricanes Head Coach Paul Maurice is three games shy (372) of surpassing Jack Evans (374) for most games as head coach in franchise history…Hired on November 6, 1995, Maurice has compiled a 151-168-53 record during his tenure with the team, ranking second in wins and winning percentage (.478)…CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-14-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.6% (39 for 222) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 81.7% (138 for 169).
MAPLE LEAFS NOTES: Toronto enters Monday’s game on a three-game losing streak and a two-game home skid after falling to the Vancover Canucks, 4-1, at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night…The Maple Leafs are the third-best team in the Eastern Conference with 69 points…All-Star goaltender Curtis Joseph is third among all netminders in wins (25)…TORONTO AT HOME: 19-7-4 TORONTO ON THE ROAD: 11-13-2 TORONTO ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.4% (38 for 218) TORONTO SHORTHANDED: 82.9% (175 for 211).
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Rod Brind’Amour and Gary Roberts each left the Hurricanes’ game against the Lightning early due to groin injuries…Their status is day-to-day…Curtis Leschyshyn has missed the Hurricanes’ last six games due to a groin injury…He is day-to-day.