CAROLINA HURRICANES (22-19-6-2, 52 pts.)
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (24-17-7-4, 59 pts.)
Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at 7:00 p.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the final game of a three-game homestand at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Hurricanes have lost just three of their last 14 games overall (9-3-2) and are 9-3-1 in their last 13 games at home after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday 5-2. The Hurricanes are unbeaten this season when leading after two periods (17-0-1). The Hurricanes have now made January 2001 the most productive January in franchise history. Carolina is 8-3-2 this month for 18 points. The previous franchise record for points in January was 17 set during the 1995-96 season (8-4-1) and the 1987-88 season (8-6-1).
Jan. 31WednesdayESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 1ThursdayAtlantaPregame skate
Feb. 2-4OFFAll-Star Weekend
Feb. 5MondayPhoenix4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
ON THE AIR:
Local Television: none
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WTRP-620 AM (La Grange, Ga.); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); 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 / TORONTO SERIES:
Carolina and Toronto meet for the third and final time of the 2000-01 regular season on Wednesday. The teams have split the previous two matchups, with each team winning at home. The Hurricanes dropped a 5-0 decision in Toronto on Nov. 8, but returned the favor with a 3-1 victory against the Leafs two days later. The Hurricanes and Maple Leafs faced off four times last season with each team winning on the road once and tying twice. The Hurricanes are 32-18-10 all-time against Toronto and 17-8-5 on home ice.
Carolina winger Jeff O’Neill has 27 points in his last 23 games (19g, 8a), scoring goals in 14 of those games. O’Neill was ranked tied for third in the NHL in power play goals with 12 and 13th in the NHL in goals through Jan. 29. Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour (5g, 10a) has 15 points in the last 11 games. Martin Gelinas (6g, 8a) has 14 points in the last 11 games. Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe appeared in his 38th consecutive game Monday. Irbe has started 37 consecutive games.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 14-8-3 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 8-11-3-2 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 40-of-235 (17.0%) CAROLINA SHORT-HANDED: 201-of-230 (87.4%)
Former Carolina Hurricane Gary Roberts is Toronto’s fourth-leading scorer this season with 31 points (19g, 12a). Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis Joseph is tied for third in the NHL in shutouts with five and tied with Hurricanes netminder Arturs Irbe for fifth in wins with 21.
TORONTO AT HOME: 12-8-4-3 TORONTO ON THE ROAD: 12-9-3-1 TORONTO ON THE POWER PLAY: 32-of-221 (14.5%) TORONTO SHORT-HANDED: 190-of-226 (84.1%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Kevin Hatcher is day-to-day with a strained knee.
Niclas Wallin suffered a separated shoulder during the Tampa Bay game (1/29). He will be out 2-3 weeks.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
10 Francis 49113142
92 O’Neill 49251540
23 Gelinas 49171835
24 Kapanen 49132134
17 Brind’Amour 4692029
1 Irbe462.42 21-17-6.909
35 Pelletier 00.00 0-0-0.000
30 Healy 92.633-4-2.886