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PREVIEW: HURRICANES vs. Atlanta Thrashers

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (29-30-9-0, 67 pts)

VS.

ATLANTA THRASHERS (12-48-6, 34 pts)

Sunday, March 12, 2000 at 1:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes host the Atlanta Thrashers Sunday afternoon as the team enters the third game of a four-game homestand…Carolina is currently in third place in the Southeast Division and 10th place in the Eastern Conference with 67 points…The Hurricanes are 3-2-0 in their last five games and 5-4-1 in their last 10 after falling to the Boston Bruins, 5-3, at home on Friday night…Carolina is 9-4-3 this season against teams from the Southeast Division…The Hurricanes will wear their road red jerseys during the game while the Thrashers will wear their home white jerseys.

ON THE AIR:

Local Television: Home Team Sports/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/ATLANTA SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and Atlanta Thrashers meet Sunday for the third of five meetings this season…Carolina leads the 1999-2000 regular season series against Atlanta, 2-0-0, after defeating the Thrashers, 4-2, on the road on New Year’s Day…The Hurricanes were victorious in the teams’ only previous meeting this season at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on December 18 also by a 4-2 score…The two Southeast Division foes conclude their 1999-2000 season series with consecutive games on April 8 and 9…Ron Francis leads all scorers in the series with four points (2g, 2a) while Martin Gelinas has added three points (1g, 2a) to pace the Hurricanes’ offense…Carolina is 2-for-8 on the power-play and is a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill during the first two games of the series.

CAROLINA NOTES: The Carolina Hurricanes enter tomorrow’s game sitting three points out of the seventh spot and two points out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference Playoff race…Gary Roberts scored twice on the power-play and Ron Francis added two assists but it was not enough as the Boston Bruins tallied three goals in the third period to snap the Hurricanes’ three-game winning streak…Trailing 2-0 in the first period, Roberts deflected a Sean Hill shot from the point to put the Hurricanes on the scoreboard…At 8:17 of the second period, Roberts accounted for his team-high eighth power-play goal, backhanding the puck past Bruins’ netminder John Grahame to tie the score…Robert Kron gave the Hurricanes their first lead of the game when he redirected a Marek Malik shot from the point at 2:05 of the third period…After the Bruins’ Shawn Bates notched the equalizer at 6:42 of the third, center Joe Thornton tallied the game-winner on the power-play when he controlled an Arturs Irbe turnover into an empty net with 1:35 left to play…Team captain Ron Francis has totaled nine points (3g, 6a) in March and is currently on a six-game point streak (3g, 8a)…Gary Roberts leads the team with eight power-play goals and is four goals shy of his ninth 20-goal season…With his goal in the third period against Boston, Robert Kron moved into eighth on franchise’s all-time goal list with 106…Center Rod Brind’Amour ranks third in the league in face-off percentage (58.2%)…CAROLINA AT HOME: 15-14-4 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 13-16-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.5% (48 for 275) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 83.3% (179 for 215).

ATLANTA NOTES: The Atlanta Thrashers visit the Entertainment and Sports Arena for the second time this season after losing 9-0 to the New Jersey Devils in Atlanta on Friday night…Atlanta, who joined the NHL this season, has lost its last seven games overall and is 1-9-0 in its last 10 games…Since the beginning of January, the Thrashers are 4-24-2…Atlanta has had their most success against teams from the Southeast Division, posting a 5-8-3 mark within its own division…Former Hurricanes forward Nelson Emerson ranks third on the team in goals and points for the Thrashers this year…ATLANTA AT HOME: 8-22-2 ATLANTA ON THE ROAD: 4-26-4 ATLANTA ON THE POWER PLAY: 11.9% (34 for 286) ATLANTA SHORTHANDED: 79.9% (259 for 324).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:Curtis Leschyshyn has missed the Hurricanes’ last 18 games due to a groin injury.

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