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PREVIEW: HURRICANES VS. PENGUINS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (38-31-9-3, 88 pts.)
vs.
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (41-28-9-2, 93 pts.)
Sunday, April 8, 2001 at 1:30 p.m.
Statistics through April 6

GAME DAY:
The Hurricanes meet the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final game of the 2000-01 regular season. Carolina is unbeaten in its last four games (4-0-1) and clinched a playoff berth with its victory against the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday. Ron Francis played in his 1,488th NHL game, passing Wayne Gretzky (1,487) for seventh on the all-time games played list on Friday. Francis scored a goal and earned an assist, moving past former teammate Paul Coffey for third on the all-time assist list with his 1,136th assist. Jeff O’Neill scored a pair of goals on April 4 to become this first player to score 40 goals in a season for the franchise since Brendan Shanahan did it in the 1995-96 season. O’Neill has eight points (5g, 3a) in the last five games.

PLAYOFF RACE:
TEAMPTS. GAMES REMAINING

7. TORONTO 90 4/7 at OTT
8. CAROLINA884/8 vs. PIT

PRACTICE TIMES:
April 8SundayESA10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: None.
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); 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).Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES
Carolina is 23-14-3 this season at home after defeating the Thrashers 3-2 on April 6. Ron Francis (11g, 30a) is Carolina’s leading scorer at home this season. The Hurricanes have lost just 15 of their last 44 regular season games at home, dating back to last season (29-15-2). Carolina has outscored opponents 125-109 at home this season.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 23-14-3-0 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 15-17-6-3 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 69-of-373 (18.5%) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 305-of-349 (87.4%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report.

CAROLINA / PITTSBURGH SERIES:
The Hurricanes won the first three meetings with Pittsburgh this season, knocking off the Penguins twice in Mellon Arena and once at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. On Oct. 18, Ron Francis was honored before the game as part of Pittsburgh’s All-Millennium team and celebrated the occasion by scoring the game-winner against his former team. On Nov. 22, Rod Brind’Amour, Jeff O’Neill, and Rob DiMaio scored as Carolina defeated Pittsburgh 3-1. Sami Kapanen scored a pair of goals to lead Carolina to a 5-3 win at home on March 23. Last season, the teams met four times and split the series, 2-2. Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 40-33-8, but the teams are even when the Hurricanes were at home, 19-19-1.

PITTSBURGH NOTES:
Since 1995, either Jaromir Jagr or Mario Lemieux has won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top scorer every year. Jagr currently leads Colorado’s Joe Sakic by five points with 118 points. Each player has two games remaining.

PITTSBURGH AT HOME: 24-15-2-0 PITTSBURGH ON THE ROAD: 17-13-7-2 PITTSBURGH ON THE POWER PLAY: 73-of-370 (19.7%) PITTSBURGH SHORTHANDED: 315-of-387 (81.4%)

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
92 O’Neill 81402565
10 Francis81154964
24 Kapanen81203757
17 Brind’Amour78193655
23 Gelinas78232952

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe762.4037-28-9.910
31 Moss123.99 1-6-0.853

PITTSBURGHGPGATP
68 Jagr805167118
82 Straka80266793
27 Kovalev77444892

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Hedberg82.476-1-1.910
40 Aubin363.1320-14-1.890

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