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PREVIEW: HURRICANES vs. OTTAWA

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (10-10-3-1, 24 pts)
VS.
OTTAWA SENATORS (13-7-4-0, 30 pts)*
Sunday, December 3, 2000 at 5:00 p.m. (ET)

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Ottawa Senators meet for the third time this season, Sunday at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Hurricanes come into the game having won their last two games and four of their last five. Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe stopped 56 of 56 shots to record two shutouts in the Hurricanes’ first two games with Ottawa so far this season. Carolina forward Bates Battaglia (11/18-11/30: 4g, 2a) brings a six game points streak into Sunday’s contest.

PRACTICE TIMES:
Saturday, Dec. 2ESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 3ESA9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Monday, Dec. 4Iceplex10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 5Iceplex10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 6Atlanta11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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 98.3FM (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 / OTTAWA SERIES:
The Hurricanes and Ottawa have met twice so far this season. The Hurricanes skated away with a 4-0 victory on November 12 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. On November 16, the Hurricanes and goaltender Arturs Irbe again blanked the Senators, 1-0 at Ottawa’s Corel Center. Rookie forward Shane Willis leads all scorers in this season’s series with three goals and an assist in the two games. The Hurricanes are 27-10-5 all-time against Ottawa—16-3-2 on home ice.

CAROLINA NOTES:
Carolina rookie forward Shane Willis earned his eighth assist of the season vs. Philadelphia on November 30 and ranks first on the team in goals (8), tied for second in power play points (9) and tied for third in points (16). Through December 1, Willis ranked first among NHL rookies in game-winning goals (3) and shots (65), second among all NHL rookies in power play goals (5), tied for second among NHL rookies in goals scored (8) and tied for third among NHL rookies in points (16), power play points (9) and power play assists (4)… Hurricane goaltender Arturs Irbe moved into first place on the franchise’s all-time shutouts list when he blanked Philadelphia, 2-0 on November 30 for his 14th shutout as a Hurricane. The shutout also improved Irbe’s NHL shutout total to 27 in his career.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 5-4-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-6-1-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 15.3% (18 for 118)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 87.6% (92 for 105)

OTTAWA NOTES:
The Ottawa Senators started strong in the 2000-01 season going unbeaten in their first nine games (10/5-10/27: 6-0-3-0) before suffering their first loss to the Florida Panthers on October 28. Since November 9 the Senators have posted a 4-6-0-0* record and dropped four straight games during that span including two shutouts at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes.

OTTAWA AT HOME: 7-2-3-0
OTTAWA ON THE ROAD: 6-5-1-0
OTTAWA ON THE POWER PLAY: 13.1% (16 for 122)
OTTAWA SHORTHANDED: 85.8% (91 for 106)*

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.
Hurricane forward Craig Adams suffered a bruised sternum vs. Philadelphia on November 30 and is day-to-day.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANESGPGATP
8 Ozolinsh2431518
10 Francis2451217
23 Gelinas247916
25 Willis248816
GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe212.279-7-3.914
31 Moss64.101-4-0.858
OTTAWAGPGATP
18 Hossa24131831
14 Bonk24101929
19 Yashin2471320
GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
40 Lalime121.837-4-1.930
35 Hurme122.786-3-3.897

* Ottawa statistics through December 1 – The Senators host the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, December 2, at 7:00 p.m.

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