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PREVIEW: HURRICANES vs. Edmonton Oilers

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (30-30-9-0, 69 pts)

VS.

EDMONTON OILERS (26-29-15-8, 75 pts)

Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at 1:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes host the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday as the team enters the final game of a four-game homestand…Carolina is currently in third place in the Southeast Division and 9th place in the Eastern Conference with 69 points…The Hurricanes are 4-1-0 in their last five games and 6-3-1 in their last 10 after defeating the Atlanta Thrashers, 5-1, at home on Sunday afternoon…Carolina is 2-2-3 this season against teams from the Northwest Division.

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/EDMONTON SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and the Edmonton Oilers meet Wednesday for the final time during the 1999-2000 regular season…Carolina trails in the all-time series 16-28-10 and is 11-10-5 lifetime at home against the Oilers…The 1999-2000 season series is tied 0-0-1 after the two teams skated to a 3-3 tie in Edmonton on October 13, 1999…Carolina is unbeaten in its last five games (3-0-2) against Edmonton following a 1-0-1 mark against the Oilers last season.

CAROLINA NOTES: The Carolina Hurricanes enter tomorrow’s game sitting one point out of the seventh and eighth spots in the Eastern Conference Playoff race…Carolina is 4-2-0 during the month of March, totaling 27 goals…Over their last five games, the Hurricanes have outscored their opponents 22-11…On Sunday afternoon, Jeff O’Neill notched two goals and Paul Coffey, Bates Battaglia and Sami Kapanen each added scores as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 5-1 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…Ron Francis and Gary Roberts each tallied two assists as Carolina totaled five goals for the fourth time in its last six games…With the score tied at 1-1 in the second period, Coffey totaled his eighth goal of the season, beating goaltender Damian Rhodes stickside to spark the Hurricanes’ offense…Arturs Irbe recorded 20 saves to match his win total (27) of last season… Carolina was 1-for-4 on the power play versus Atlanta on Sunday and is 8-for-28 (28.6%) in its last six games…Carolina has scored 49 power-play goals in 69 games this season…Last season, Carolina scored a total of 41 power-play goals in 82 games…Team captain Ron Francis has totaled 11 points (3g, 8a) in March and is currently on a seven-game point streak (3g, 10a)…Francis ranks tied for 10th in the NHL with 41 assists and tied for 18th in scoring with 62 points…Defensemen Sean Hill and Paul Coffey have scored a combined 17 goals this season…Last year, the Hurricanes received a total of 15 goals from their entire defense corps…Hurricanes forward Jeff O’Neill, who has established career highs in goals (22), assists (34), and points (56) this season, ranks tied for fifth in the league with seven game-winning goals…Arturs Irbe ranks among the league leaders for goaltenders this season in games (62), minutes (3,564) and wins (27)…Sean Burke owns the franchise season records in games (66) and minutes (3,669)…Over his last 20 games, Irbe is 13-6-1 with a 2.22 goals against average (1,215 min, 45 ga)…CAROLINA AT HOME: 16-14-4 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 14-16-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.6% (49 for 279) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 83.3% (179 for 215).

EDMONTON NOTES: The Edmonton Oilers enter Wednesday’s game following a 3-0 shutout of the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night…Edmonton is currently in second place in the Northwest Division and seventh in the Western Conference with 75 points…Edmonton has a league-high eight games in which they have earned regulation ties…The Oilers are 1-4-0 in their last five games and 5-5-0 in their last 10 games overall…Forward Ryan Symth accounted for all three goals in the Oilers’ win over Atlanta and has tallied four goals in his last two games…All-Star goaltender Tommy Salo collected 24 saves to earn his second shutout of the season.…EDMONTON AT HOME: 15-10-9 EDMONTON ON THE ROAD: 11-19-6 EDMONTON ON THE POWER PLAY: 16.0% (46 for 288) EDMONTON SHORTHANDED: 86.7% (274 for 316).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:

Curtis Leschyshyn has missed the Hurricanes’ last 19 games due to a groin injury.

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