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PREVIEW: HURRICANES VS. NEW JERSEY

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (2-4-2-0, 6 pts)
vs.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (4-2-1-0, 9 pts)
Friday, October 27, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes return to the Entertainment and Sports Arena to host the Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, Friday at 7:00 p.m…The Hurricanes are 2-4-2 (1-1-1 at home) so far this season after falling to the Sabres, 4-1 in Buffalo on Wednesday, October 25…The Hurricanes have lost three consecutive games, with their last win coming against Pittsburgh on October 18.

PRACTICE TIMES:The Hurricanes will practice 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Friday at the Entertainment and Sports Arena

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: HTS / FOX SPORTS NET
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WTRP-620 AM (La Grange, Ga.); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); WDZL 98.3 FM (Mufreesboro); 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 / NEW JERSEY SERIES: The Hurricanes and the Devils split a four game series last year, with each team going 1-1 at home…The Devils defeated the Hurricanes 4-2 on Oct. 29, 1999, the first ever event at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, and 5-2 on Jan. 17, 2000 in New Jersey…Hurricanes defeated the Devils 4-3 on Jan. 28, 2000 at home and 5-0 at New Jersey on March 21, 2000…Arturs Irbe recorded the shutout for Carolina stopping 22 New Jersey shots…Sami Kapanen led all scorers in last season’s series with four points (2g, 2a)…Overall the Hurricanes are 29-34-10 against New Jersey and 16-13-7 on home ice.

CAROLINA NOTES: Hurricane goaltender Arturs Irbe posted impressive overall numbers against the Devils last season with 71 saves, a GAA of 2.01 and a save percentage of .922 in three games…Rookie forwards Shane Willis (2g, 4a) and Josef Vasicek (1g, 6a) look to add to their points totals on Friday against New Jersey – both tallied six points in their first eight games and are only two points behind Martin Gelinas (4g, 4a) for the team’s top spot.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 1-1-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 1-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 8.9% (4 for 45)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 85.0% (35 for 41)

NEW JERSEY NOTES: The 1999-2000 Stanley Cup Champion Devils come into the Entertainment and Sports Arena on a two game winning streak and atop the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference…New Jersey leads the NHL on the power play, converting 10 of 31 times with a man or more advantage…Right-winger Alexander Mogilny leads New Jersey with 11 points (3g, 8a)…The Devils have struggled a bit on the road but are undefeated on home ice.

NEW JERSEY AT HOME: 3-0-0
NEW JERSEY ON THE ROAD: 1-2-1
NEW JERSEY ON THE POWER PLAY: 32.3% (10 for 31)
NEW JERSEY SHORTHANDED: 75.0% (27 for 36)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE: Defensemen Kevin Hatcher (bruised fingers) and David Tanabe (concussion) are both day-to-day.

HURRICANESGPGATP
23 Gelinas8448
25 Willis8246
63 Vasicek8156
GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe62.602-2-2.899
31 Moss23.030-2-03.03
NEW JERSEYGPGATP
89 Mogilny 73811
18 Brylin7358
16 Molik7347
17 Sykora7257
26 Elias7257
GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
31 Terreri22.091-0-0.864
30 Brodeur62.843-2-1.873
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