PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (40-24-12-3, 95 pts)
CAROLINA HURRICANES (34-34-10-0, 78 pts)
Sunday, April 2, 2000 at 1:30 p.m.
GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes host the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday afternoon in the first of a back-to-back game scenario for the Hurricanes…Following the game, the Hurricanes travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins on Monday night…Heading into Saturday’s NHL action, Carolina is currently in third place in the Southeast Division and is 8th in the Eastern Conference with 78 points…The Hurricanes are tied with the Montreal Canadiens for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference…The Hurricanes are 3-2-0 in their last five games and 5-4-1 in their last 10 after posting consecutive wins over the Nashville Predators and the Buffalo Sabres.
ON THE AIR:
Local Television: Home Team Sports (HTS), FOX Sports Net South
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/PHILADELPHIA SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and the Philadelphia Flyers meet Sunday for the final time during the regular season…Philadelphia leads the 1999-2000 season series, 2-1-0, after defeating the Hurricanes 4-3 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on January 11th…Carolina trails 19-41-10 in the all-time series and is 10-18-7 at home against Philadelphia…Ron Francis leads all Hurricanes in scoring against the Flyers this season, registering four points (1g, 3a) in three games...Francis notched the game-winning goal in the Hurricanes’ 2-0 win against the Flyers on October 7th…Goaltender Arturs Irbe is 1-2-0 with a 2.36 goals against average and a .926 save percentage in three games this season against Philadelphia…The Hurricanes have totaled a 15.4% on the power-play (2-for-13) and have allowed three power-play goals (5-for-8, 62.5%) to the Flyers this year while on the penalty-kill.
CAROLINA NOTES: On Friday night in Buffalo, Paul Coffey scored a power-play goal with 7:34 remaining in the third period to lift the Carolina Hurricanes past the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1…Paul Ranheim and Sean Hill also scored for the Hurricanes who moved into a tie with the Montreal Canadiens for the eighth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference…Arturs Irbe posted 19 saves to establish a career-high in wins with his 31st victory of the season…When Sean Hill and Paul Coffey each scored in the third period against the Buffalo Sabres on March 31, it marked the seventh time this season that more than one defenseman had scored a goal in a single game…Carolina has won six of the seven games when this has occurred… Arturs Irbe ranks first among the league leaders for goaltenders this season in games (71), third in minutes (4,106) and sixth in wins (31)…Irbe’s 31 wins this season also matches the franchise record established by Mike Liut during the 1986-87 campaign…This season, Irbe has also established franchise season goaltending records for most games and most minutes…Irbe is currently two games shy of matching the team record of 22 consecutive games in net and is one start shy of matching his career high of 21 consecutive starts set from February 23-April 7, 1994 with the San Jose Sharks…CAROLINA AT HOME: 18-16-5 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 16-18-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.1% (9th NHL) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 83.7% (15th NHL).
PHILADELPHIA NOTES: The Philadelphia Flyers enter Sunday’s game following their game at Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon…Philadelphia is battling the New Jersey Devils for the Atlantic Division title and for the number one seed in the Eastern Conference (along with the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs), which guarantees home-ice throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs…Philadelphia is 3-2-0 over their last five games and 5-4-1 over their last 10 games…The game on Sunday marks the first time Philadelphia has faced Carolina since acquiring Keith Primeau from the Hurricanes in exchange of Rod Brind’Amour and goaltender Jean-Marc Pelletier…PHILADELPHIA AT HOME: 23-9-7 PHILADELPHIA ON THE ROAD: 17-15-5 PHILADELPHIA ON THE POWER PLAY: 21.6% (1ST NHL) PHILADELPHIA SHORTHANDED: 86.2% (6th NHL).
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Sami Kapanen did not play in the Hurricanes’ last two games due to post-concussion syndrome…He is day-to-day…Dave Karpa did not play in the Hurricanes’ last game due to a bruised foot…He is day-to-day…Curtis Leschyshyn is day-to-day with a groin injury after missing the Hurricanes’ last seven games.