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PREVIEW: HURRICANES vs. NASHVILLE

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (8-9-3-1, 20 pts)
VS.
NASHVILLE PREDATORS (7-9-5-1, 20 pts)
Sunday, November 26, 2000 at 1:30 p.m. (ET)

GAME DAY: The Carolina Hurricanes and the Nashville Predators face off for the second time this season, Sunday at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. In Carolina’s last seven games, goaltender Arturs Irbe has posted a 1.13 goals against average and a .953 save percentage in leading the team to a 5-1-0-1 record. Also contributing to the Hurricanes’ recent success is their penalty killing. The Carolina penalty kill has stopped all 35 opponent power plays in the last seven games.

PRACTICE TIMES:
DateDayLocationTime
Nov. 26SundayESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 27MondayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 28TuesdayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 29WednesdayFlorida11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 30ThursdayESA 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: none
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); 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).

CAROLINA / NASHVILLE SERIES: The Predators handed Carolina their first defeat of the 2000-01 season, 2-1, in Nashville on October 14 despite Hurricane goaltender Tyler Moss’ 32 saves. Last season the Hurricanes and the Predators split a two-game series, each team winning at home. The Hurricanes are 2-3-0 all-time against Nashville—2-0-0 on home ice.

CAROLINA NOTES: In the last seven games, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Arturs Irbe has allowed only eight goals, recorded two shutouts, posted a 1.13 goals against average and a .953 save percentage in leading the team to a 5-1-0-1 record… Hurricane forward Jeff O’Neill is currently on a three-game goals and points streak (11/18-11/24: 3g, 2a)… Through November 24, rookid forward Shane Willis ranked first among NHL rookies in goals scored (8), power play goals (5) and game-winning goals (3) and tied for second in points (15).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 4-3-2 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 4-6-1-1 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 16.2% (17 for 105) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 87.4% (83 for 95)

NASHVILLE NOTES: Though the Predators and the Hurricanes each bring 20 points into Sunday’s game, the Predators enter on a 1-5-1 skid as opposed to the Hurricanes’ 5-1-0-1 mark in their last seven games…

NASHVILLE AT HOME: 3-6-4 NASHVILLE ON THE ROAD: 4-3-1-1 NASHVILLE ON THE POWER PLAY: 10.8% (11 for 102)* NASHVILLE SHORTHANDED: 87.6% (78 for 89)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE: Carolina defenseman Kevin Hatcher suffered a broken hand during the Hurricanes' game at Ottawa on November 16 and will be out approximately two weeks.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
10 Francis 21 51116
8 Ozolinsh 21 31215
25 Willis 21 8 715

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe 18 2.29 7-7-3.914
31 Moss 5 4.03 1-3-0.862

NASHVILLEGPGA TP
7 Ronning 22 8 8 16
11 Legwand 21 410 14
24 Walker 22 4 913

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
30 Mason 3 5.22 0-0-0.864
29 Vokoun15 2.56 4-8-3.907
1 Dunham 8 2.12 3-2-2.936

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