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PREVIEW: HURRICANES vs. Ottawa Senators

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

OTTAWA SENATORS (19-12-6-1, 45 pts)


CAROLINA HURRICANES (15-16-7-0, 37 pts)

Tuesday, January 4, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes enters Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators after defeating the Atlanta Thrashers, 4-2, on New Year’s Day…Carolina has won two of their last three games, including the team’s last home game on December 26 against the Florida Panthers…The Hurricanes are currently in second place in the Southeast Division, trailing the Panthers by 11 points…Following the game, the Hurricanes visit the Boston Bruins on Thursday, January 6 before returning home to host the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Friday, January 7 and the New York Rangers on Sunday, January 9.


Hurricanes: 10:30 a.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena

Senators: 11:30 a.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena


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/OTTAWA SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators meet tonight for the third of four meetings this season…The 1999-2000 regular season series is tied, 1-1-0, with each team winning at home…Carolina leads the overall series 25-8-5, including a 15-2-2 mark at home…The Hurricanes are 8-0-2 in their last 10 games at home against the Senators…The two teams conclude their 1999-2000 season series at the Corel Centre on February 15, 2000.

CAROLINA NOTES: Sami Kapanen and Robert Kron scored in a 1:55 span of the third period to lift the Hurricanes to a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on New Year’s Day…The win snapped a four-game road losing streak for Carolina as the team improved their record against division opponents to 5-1-2…Paul Ranheim and Ron Francis each added a goal and an assist as the Hurricanes defeated the Thrashers for the second time this season…Arturs Irbe made 24 saves for his 12th win of the season…With his goal against Atlanta, Robert Kron notched his 100th goal with the organization, becoming only the ninth player in team history to score 100 goals…Kron also ranks fifth in games played with 465…The Hurricanes are 2-3-0 in their last five games and 3-7-0 overall in their last 10…Carolina’s special teams are both ranked in the top 10 in the league…The Hurricanes’ penalty kill unit at home is the best in the NHL, killing 46 of 48 penalties (95.8%) at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…The Carolina Hurricanes defensive corps has scored 18 goals after Nolan Pratt scored his second goal of the season on December 28 in Nashville…Last season, the Carolina Hurricanes received a total of 15 goals from the blueline, seven of which came from Glen Wesley…Sami Kapanen won the Fastest Skater contest at the Hurricanes FED EX Superskills Exhibition on Sunday with a 13.716 time, the quickest time of any NHL player in a Superskills event thus far this season…CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-7-2 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 7-9-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 18.0% (27 for 150) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 85.8% (97 for 113).

OTTAWA NOTES: The Ottawa Senators rank second in the Northeast Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference with 45 points…The Senators host the New Jersey Devils today before traveling to face the Hurricanes on Tuesday night…Ottawa is unbeaten in its last five games (3-0-2) and is 5-1-4 in its last 10 games…Ottawa lost, 2-1, in its first visit to the Entertainment and Sports Arena on November 17…The Senators own the second-best penalty killing unit in the league with an 88.2%…OTTAWA AT HOME: 11-4-4 OTTAWA ON THE ROAD: 8-8-2 OTTAWA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.8% (24 for 135) OTTAWA SHORTHANDED: 88.2% (112 for 127).


Sean Hill has missed the Hurricanes’ last four games due to a groin injury…He will be out for one week.

Kent Manderville has missed the last seven games with a concussion…His status is day-to-day.

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