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PREVIEW: HURRICANES VS. COYOTES

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (24-21-7-3, 58 pts.)


vs.
PHOENIX COYOTES (26-17-12-2, 66 pts.)
Friday, February 16, 2001 at 7:00 p.m.

GAME DAY:
The Carolina Hurricanes return home to the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Friday after completing a five-game road swing. The Hurricanes have not played a home game since Jan. 31. The Hurricanes lost in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, completing the road trip with a record of 2-1-1-1. The Hurricanes have lost just six of their last 20 games overall (11-5-3-1). Carolina has yet to lose a game in regulation this season when leading after two periods (18-0-1-1).

PRACTICE TIMES:
Feb. 16FridayESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 17SaturdayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Feb. 18SundayESA9:00 a.m.
Feb. 19MondayPhiladelphia11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 20TuesdayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: HTS/Fox Sports Net
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WTRP-620 AM (La Grange, Ga.); 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); WLNR-1230 AM (Kinston).

CAROLINA / PHOENIX SERIES:
The Hurricanes and the Phoenix Coyotes meet for the second of two matchups this season on Friday night. The Hurricanes defeated the Coyotes 2-1 in overtime on Feb. 7 at America West Arena, as Jeff O’Neill beat Sean Burke on a slapshot at 0:25 of OT. The Coyotes swept the Hurricanes last season, defeating Carolina 4-2 in Raleigh and 7-5 in Phoenix. Martin Gelinas (2g, 1a) and Ron Francis (1g, 2a) led all Hurricanes scorers with three points each in last season’s series. The Hurricanes are 27-21-8 all-time against the Coyotes franchise including a 12-8-6 record at home and a 15-13-2 record on the road.

CAROLINA NOTES:
Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour (8g, 15a) has 23 points in the last 17 games and has points in 11 of his last 12 games (4g, 13a). Carolina winger Jeff O’Neill has 31 points in his last 29 games (22g, 9a), scoring goals in 16 of those games. Ron Francis has eight points in his last eight games (1g, 7a) and 17 points (5g, 12a) in his last 16 games. Defenseman Glen Wesley notched three points on Wednesday against Detroit (1g, 2a) – the first time he has scored three points in a game since Dec. 21, 1996 against Tampa Bay (1g, 2a). Goaltender Arturs Irbe has started 42 of the last 43 games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 14-9-3 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-12-4-3 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 47-of-261 (18.0%) CAROLINA SHORT-HANDED: 223-of-256 (87.1%)

PHOENIX NOTES:
The Phoenix Coyotes were still attempting to seal up an ownership change on Thursday as a group headed by Steve Ellman including NHL great Wayne Gretzky seeks to gain control of the franchise. Gretzky is expected to be in attendance at the Coyotes game at Carolina. The Coyotes fell to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday 4-3 in Sunrise, FL. Prior to the game, the Coyotes had won three straight since their OT loss to Carolina on Feb. 7.

PHOENIX AT HOME: 16-7-3-2 PHOENIX ON THE ROAD: 10-10-9-0 PHOENIX ON THE POWER PLAY: 43-of-237 (18.1%) PHOENIX SHORT-HANDED: 260-of-306 (85.0%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Niclas Wallin suffered a strained shoulder against Tampa Bay (1/29). He is day-to-day.
Darren Langdon suffered a groin strain at Phoenix (2/7). He is day-to-day.
Martin Gelinas suffered an MCL sprain at Los Angeles (2/8) He is out 7-10 days.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
10 Francis 55123446
92 O’Neill 55281644
23 Gelinas 53182139
24 Kapanen 55132437
17 Brind’Amour 52122537

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe512.41 23-19-7.909
31 Moss84.211-5-0.850

PHOENIXGPGATP
97 Roenick56213455
7 Tkachuk52242852
19 Doan51132538

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Burke442.0120-13-10 .930
42 Esche153.266-6-2.886

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