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.mâ€¦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 25â€¦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. â€“ 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 homeâ€¦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 Jerseyâ€¦Hurricanes defeated the Devils 4-3 on Jan. 28, 2000 at home and 5-0 at New Jersey on March 21, 2000â€¦Arturs Irbe recorded the shutout for Carolina stopping 22 New Jersey shotsâ€¦Sami Kapanen led all scorers in last seasonâ€™s series with four points (2g, 2a)â€¦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 gamesâ€¦Rookie forwards Shane Willis (2g, 4a) and Josef Vasicek (1g, 6a) look to add to their points totals on Friday against New Jersey â€“ both tallied six points in their first eight games and are only two points behind Martin Gelinas (4g, 4a) for the teamâ€™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 Conferenceâ€¦New Jersey leads the NHL on the power play, converting 10 of 31 times with a man or more advantageâ€¦Right-winger Alexander Mogilny leads New Jersey with 11 points (3g, 8a)â€¦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.
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