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PREVIEW: HURRICANES VS. DEVILS, GAME FOUR

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
GAME 4 – EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

#8 CAROLINA HURRICANES (0-3)
vs.
#1 NEW JERSEY DEVILS (3-0)
Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 7:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT:
The Hurricanes meet the New Jersey Devils in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Stanley Cup Champion Devils have captured the first three games of the series, taking a 5-1 win on Thursday, and shutting out Carolina 2-0 on Sunday and 4-0 on Tuesday. The Hurricanes are the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs, completing the season with 88 points (38-32-9-3). Carolina totaled a franchise playoff record 71 penalty minutes in Game Three, as the two teams combined for 104 penalty minutes. The two-team total of 104 penalty minutes in the game tied the franchise playoff record set on April 11, 1991, a 6-1 loss at the Boston Bruins in the Division Semifinals. The previous franchise high for penalty minutes in a game – 61 – was also set in that game. The Devils and Hurricanes are a combined 0-for-32 on the power play during the series. Carolina is 18-for-18 on the penalty kill against the Devils this postseason. The Hurricanes franchise has not been swept in a playoff series since 1989, a four-game sweep by the Montreal Canadiens in the Division Semifinals.

PRACTICE TIMES:
April 18WednesdayESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
April 19ThursdayESATBA
April 20FridayNJ11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
National Television: espn2
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); 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).
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES:
The Carolina Hurricanes concluded the team's second season in Raleigh, its fourth in North Carolina, and its 22nd in the NHL with a record of 38-32-9-3 and a total of 88 points. Carolina finished eighth in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes' 88 points rank second best all-time for points in a season by the franchise. The franchise mark is 93 points set in 1986-87. Carolina's 38 wins rank tied for third in franchise history and the most wins in a season since the 1989-90 season when the team registered a 38-33-9 record for 85 points. In the four seasons in Carolina, the Hurricanes have posted a 142-138-45-3 mark.
Carolina, which captured the Southeast Division title during the 1998-99 season with a 34-30-18 record, has now posted three consecutive winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. The Hurricanes are 109-97-37-3 (.524) over the past three seasons.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 0-1 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 0-2 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 0-of- 14 (0.0%) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 18-of-18 (100.0%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Shane Willis is day-to-day with a slight concussion.
Ron Francis is day-to-day with a slight concussion.

GAME ONE: Devils 5, Hurricanes 1
The top-seeded New Jersey Devils outshot the Carolina Hurricanes 36-18 in rolling to a 5-1 victory in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Continental Airlines Arena. Josef Vasicek scored the lone goal for Carolina, the first franchise rookie to find the net in his first playoff game since Todd Krygier did it in 1990. Arturs Irbe allowed five goals on 36 shots for the Hurricanes.

GAME TWO: Devils 2, Hurricanes 0
New Jersey’s Alexander Mogilny found the net just 4:16 into the first period of Game Two, and the goal would be enough as the Devils held on for a 2-0 victory at Continental Airlines Arena. Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe made 27 saves in the losing effort. The Hurricanes were outshot 29-18, but held the Devils scoreless on five power plays.

GAME THREE: Devils 4, Hurricanes 0
The Carolina Hurricanes racked up a franchise-playoff record 71 penalty minutes in a losing effort on Tuesday night, falling 4-0 to the New Jersey Devils. The two teams combined for 104 penalty minutes in the game – tying the franchise playoff record set on April 11, 1991, a 6-1 loss at the Boston Bruins in the Division Semifinals. The previous franchise high for penalty minutes in a game – 61 – was set in that game. Arturs Irbe made 20 saves for the Hurricanes in Game Three, as New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur earned his second consecutive shutout.

CAROLINA / NEW JERSEY SERIES (regular season):
The New Jersey Devils won the regular season series against the Hurricanes 2-1-1. Three of the four games were decided by one goal or less – a 3-2 Carolina home win on Feb. 23, a 3-2 New Jersey OT victory on Nov. 18, and a 3-3 tie in Raleigh on Oct. 27. The Devils won the most recent meeting, defeating Carolina 7-3 on March 2. Rod Brind’Amour led all Carolina scorers with four points (0g, 4a) against New Jersey. Shane Willis notched three goals against the Devils, including the game-winner on Feb. 23. New Jersey’s Patrik Elias had eight points (5g, 3a) in four games against Carolina this season. Carolina is 30-35-11-1 all-time against New Jersey, 14-21-3-1 on the road and 17-13-8 at home. Prior to this season, the two teams had never met in the postseason.

NEW JERSEY NOTES:
Former Whaler first-round pick Bobby Holik (3g, 1a) is tied with 2000 Calder Trophy-winner Scott Gomez (1g, 3a), for the team lead with four points in the series. Goaltender Martin Brodeur is tops in the league in the playoffs with a goals against average of 0.33 and a save percentage of .981. Brodeur’s current shutout streak of 128:33 is the longest playoff shutout streak by a goaltender against the Hurricanes franchise in team history.

NEW JERSEY AT HOME: 2-0 NEW JERSEY ON THE ROAD: 1-0 NEW JERSEY ON THE POWER PLAY: 0-of-18 (0.0%) NEW JERSEY SHORTHANDED: 14-of-14 (100.0%)

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS:

HURRICANES GPGATP
63 Vasicek3101
11 Daniels3011
13 Battaglia3011

GOALIESGPGAAW-LSV%
1 Irbe33.690-3.876
31 Moss00.000-0.000

NEW JERSEYGPGATP
16 Holik3313
23 Gomez3134

GOALIESGPGAAW-LSV%
34 Vanbiesbrouck00.000-0.000
30 Brodeur30.333-0.981

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