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PREVIEW: HURRICANES HOST TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS ON DEC. 2

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (14-9-3, 33 pts)

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CAROLINA HURRICANES (11-8-6, 28 pts)

Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 7:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes enter Thursday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 11-8-6 record in the team’s first 25 games of the season…Carolina is in second place in the Southeast Division, trailing the Florida Panthers by two points…The Hurricanes, who are unbeaten in their last four games (2-0-2), have lost just one game in their last nine (5-1-3)…Following the game against Toronto, the Hurricanes will embark on a four-game road trip against Colorado, St. Louis, Dallas, and Tampa Bay…Thursday marks Nortel T-shirt night where the first 10,000 fans at the Entertainment and Sports Arena receive a T-shirt courtesy of Nortel Networks.

PRACTICE TIMES:
Hurricanes: 10 a.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena
Maple Leafs: 11:30 a.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: none
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/TORONTO SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet Thursday for the third time during the 1999-2000 regular season…Carolina leads the overall series by a 30-17-9 margin, including a 16-8-4 mark at home…Toronto leads the 1999-2000 season with a 1-0-1 record after shutting out Carolina, 6-0, in their last game on November 3rd…The two teams conclude their 1999-2000 series with a game at Toronto on February 14, 2000.

CAROLINA NOTES:
On Tuesday night, Jeff O’Neill registered four points (2g, 2a) and Paul Coffey moved into eighth place on the NHL’s all-time point list with two assists as the Carolina Hurricanes overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat the Calgary Flames, 4-3…Trailing 3-1 in the second period, Andrei Kovalenko directed a loose puck into the net with 10 seconds remaining in the period to spark the Hurricanes’ comeback…Sean Hill, who leads the team defensemen in scoring, notched his fourth goal of the season with a power-play goal to tie the game at 6:35 of the third period…O’Neill sealed the game with his second goal of the game at 13:42 of the final period…The Hurricanes’ line of Gary Roberts (0g, 2a), Jeff O’Neill (2g, 2a) and Andrei Kovalenko (1g, 2a) combined for three goals and six assists on the night…Coffey, who has tallied seven points (2g, 5a) in his last five games, surpassed Mario Lemieux for eighth on the league’s all-time point list with his 1,495th point on the primary assist on O’Neill’s game-winning goal…Carolina is 6-1-2 in their last nine games at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…The Hurricanes have scored six power-play goals in their last four games (6-for-17, 35.3%)…Sean Hill ranks tied for seventh among all NHL defensemen with 15 points…CAROLINA AT HOME: 6-4-1 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-4-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 16.8% (17 for 101) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 86.3% (63 for 73).

TORONTO NOTES:
Toronto enters Thursday’s game with an Eastern Conference best 14-9-3 record and 33 points…The Maple Leafs are 3-2-0 in their last five games and 4-5-1 in their last 10 games after defeating the Washington Capitals, 3-1, on Thursday night…The goaltending tandem of Curtis Joseph and Glenn Healy is the league’s best with a combined goals against average of 2.08…Joseph also leads the league in wins (12) and shutouts (3)…The Maple Leafs have lost their last three games on the road…TORONTO AT HOME: 11-3-2 TORONTO ON THE ROAD: 3-6-1 TORONTO ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.5% (17 for 97) TORONTO SHORTHANDED: 81.4% (79 for 97).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
The Hurricanes have no injuries.

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