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PREVIEW: HURRICANES vs. Montreal Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

MONTREAL CANADIENS (20-28-7-3, 50 pts)

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CAROLINA HURRICANES (24-26-8-0, 56 pts)

Thursday, February 17, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes enter Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens after concluding a five-game road swing…The Hurricanes posted a 3-2-0 record in the five games, including a three-game win streak against the New York Islanders, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Toronto Maple Leafs…Carolina is 7-4-0 in its last 11 games and have won their last two at home…The Hurricanes are in third place in the Southeast Division, trailing the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals, and are seeded 10th in the Eastern Conference with 56 points…Thursday’s game marks the first of four home games at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…Following the game, Carolina hosts three teams from the Southeast Division, including the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, the Washington Capitals on Monday, and the Florida Panthers next Thursday.

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/MONTREAL SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens meet Thursday for the third of four regular season meetings…The 1999-2000 season series is tied, 1-1-0, after Montreal shut out Carolina 3-0 on January 30…The Hurricanes trail the Canadiens 43-76-16 in the overall series and are 28-32-9 at home…Carolina is 7-3-1 over their last 11 games against Montreal…Hurricanes defenseman Marek Malik leads the team in scoring against the Canadiens this season, totaling two points (1g, 1a) in one game played of the series…Arturs Irbe has handled the goaltending duties in both games of the season series, posting a 1.49 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.

CAROLINA NOTES Playing their third road game in four nights and fifth consecutive game away from the Entertainment and Sports Arena, the Carolina Hurricanes saw their three-game win streak snapped with a 5-1 defeat to the Ottawa Senators on February 15…Nolan Pratt scored Carolina’s lone goal 82 seconds into the third period, banging in his own rebound for his thrid goal of the season…The goal marked the 27th time this season that a member of the Hurricanes’ blueline had registered a goal, compared to 15 all of last season…Mark Fitzpatrick stopped 40 shots, including 22 in the third period, in his first appearance for the Hurricanes…On Thursday night, Carolina Hurricanes Head Coach Paul Maurice will surpass Jack Evans (374) for most games as head coach in franchise history…Hired on November 6, 1995, Maurice has compiled a 152-169-53 record during his tenure with the team, ranking second in wins and winning percentage (.479)…When Glen Wesley and Dave Karpa each scored in the first period against the Maple Leafs on February 14, it marked the fifth time this season that more than one defenseman had scored a goal in a single game. Carolina has won all five games when this has occurred (10/30 at NYI; 11/27 vs. PIT; 12/7 at STL; 1/24 vs. MTL; and 2/14 at TOR)…CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 11-15-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.4% (40 for 230) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 81.6% (142 for 174).

CANADIENS NOTES: The Montreal Canadiens visit the Atlanta Thrashers tonight, beginning a two-game road trip…Heading into tonight’s game, the Canadiens are 9-15-2 on the road this season and ranked 12th in the Eastern Conference with 50 points…Despite suffering a rash of injuries all season, Montreal is 5-4-1 in their last 10 games and its goaltending tandem of Jose Theodore and Jeff Hackett is ranked sixth in the league with a collective goals against average of 2.44…The Canadiens are led offensively by 2000 All-Star Martin Rucinsky who has tallied 34 points (16g, 18a)…Last week, the Canadiens obtained netminder Eric Fichaud off waivers from the Hurricanes…MONTREAL AT HOME: 11-13-5 MONTREAL ON THE ROAD: 9-15-2 MONTREAL ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.7% (38 for 215) MONTREAL SHORTHANDED: 85.4% (176 for 206).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:

Gary Roberts has not played the last two games due to a groin injury…His status is day-to-day…Curtis Leschyshyn has missed the Hurricanes’ last eight games due to a groin injury…He is day-to-day.

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