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PREVIEW: HURRICANES vs. New York Islanders

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (22-45-8-1, 53 pts)

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CAROLINA HURRICANES (31-33-10-0, 72 pts)

Sunday, March 26, 2000 at 1:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes host the New York Islanders Sunday afternoon in the second game of a four-game homestand at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…Carolina is currently in third place in the Southeast Division and is 10th in the Eastern Conference with 72 points…Entering Saturday’s games, the Hurricanes were three points behind the Buffalo Sabres for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Conference…The Hurricanes are 1-3-1 in their last five games and 5-4-1 in their last 10 after losing a 2-1 decision to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

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/NEW YORK SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders meet tonight for the fourth and final time during the 1999-2000 regular season…The Hurricanes lead the all-time series 32-31-9 after defeating the Islanders, 4-3, in New York on February 8th…Carolina leads the 1999-2000 season series, 2-1-0…The Hurricanes are 9-3-0 in their last 12 games against the Islanders…Last season, Carolina swept the season series (5-0-0) against the New York Islanders for the first time in franchise history…The only other time the club went unbeaten against the Islanders was when the Hartford Whalers notched a 3-0-1 record during the 1995-96 season…Jeff O’Neill leads all scorers in the season series this year with five points (1g, 4a) in three games…Eight different Hurricanes have scored against the Islanders this year…Netminder Arturs Irbe is 1-1-0 with a 2.52 goals against average in two games against New York this season…Carolina is 3-for-14 (21.4%) on the power-play and 5-for-6 (83.3%) on the penalty kill during the series.

CAROLINA NOTES: Among one of six teams aiming to claim the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, the Carolina Hurricanes have eight games remaining on their 1999-2000 regular season schedule…Carolina has five games remaining at home and three games on the road…Of their remaining schedule, seven games will be against teams with below .500 records…Including tonight’s game, Carolina is 9-6-0 this season against their remaining opponents…Jeff O’Neill registered his team-high 24th goal of the season in a 2-1 home loss to the NHL-leading St. Louis Blues on March 22…Carolina, playing in its second game in as many nights, took a 1-0 lead when O’Neill tallied an unassisted goal with a slapshot from the top of the left face-off circle that eluded All-Star goaltender Roman Turek…St. Louis notched the equalizer less than 10 minutes later in the second period when Marty Reasoner redirected a wide shot that caromed off the boards…Defenseman Al MacInnis recorded the game-winning goal on the power-play with 2:13 remaining in the third period….Sunday marks the 1,400th game for Hurricanes team captain Ron Francis…Francis becomes the 13th player in NHL history to play in 1,400 games and is fourth among active players in games played trailing Detroit’s Larry Murphy, Colorado’s Ray Bourque and Vancouver’s Mark Messier…Teammate Paul Coffey ranks fifth among active players and 17th in league history with 1,382 games entering Sunday…CAROLINA AT HOME: 16-15-5 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 15-18-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.4% (52 for 299) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 83.1% (192 for 231).

NEW YORK NOTES: The New York Islanders enter Sunday’s game after losing 8-2, on Friday night to the New Jersey Devils…New York is 2-3-0 in its last five games and 4-6-0 in its last 10 overall…The Islanders, who have won their last two road games, are 4-13-0 against teams from the Southeast Division…NEW YORK AT HOME: 9-25-4 NEW YORK ON THE ROAD: 13-20-4 NEW YORK ON THE POWER PLAY: 13.7% (39 for 285) NEW YORK SHORTHANDED: 79.5% (302 for 380).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:

Curtis Leschyshyn is day-to-day with a groin injury after missing the Hurricanes’ last three games.

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