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PREVIEW: HURRICANES vs. PHILADELPHIA

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (9-10-3-1, 22 pts)
VS.
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (11-9-4-0, 26 pts)
Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Philadelphia Flyers meet for the first time this season tonight at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Hurricanes come into tonight’s game fresh off of a 2-1 overtime victory at Florida last night—their first overtime win on the road since February 26, 2000. Philadelphia is also competing in game two of a back-to-back series after skating away with a 4-3 victory at Columbus last night. Carolina forward Bates Battaglia (11/18-11/29: 3g, 2a) brings a five game points streak into tonight’s contest.

PRACTICE TIMES:
Thursday, Nov. 30   ESA   10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1  Iceplex   10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2  ESA   11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3  ESA   9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 4  Iceplex   10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 5  Iceplex   10:45 a.m. – 12:45 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 / PHILADELPHIA SERIES:
The Hurricanes and Philadelphia face off for the first of four matchups this season, tonight at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Last season the teams split a four-game series, each team going 1-1 at home and on the road. Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe blanked the Flyers in two of the four games last season and recorded a 1.76 goals against average in the series. Hurricanes team captain Ron Francis (1g, 3a) led all Carolina scorers in the series with four points. The Hurricanes are 20-41-10 all-time against Philadelphia and 11-18-7 on home ice.

CAROLINA NOTES:
Carolina forward Bates Battaglia (11/18-11/29: 3g, 2a) carries a five-game points streak into tonight’s contest. Battaglia scored the game-winning goal at 1:41 of the overtime period to defeat the Panthers 2-1 at National Car Rental Center last night, November 29. Hurricanes Martin Gelinas (11/26-11/29: 2g, 2a) and Josef Vasicek (11/26-11/29: 2g, 1a) each bring two game scoring streaks to the ice tonight. The Hurricanes have stymied 41-of-45 opponents’ power plays this season in the Entertainment and Sports Arena—a home record that is good for second in the NHL. Sandis Ozolinsh’s two assists against Florida on November 29 moved him into first place on the team with 17 points (3g, 14a).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 4-4-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 5-6-1-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 14.9% (17 for 114)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 87.3% (89 for 102)

PHILADELPHIA NOTES:
The Philadelphia Flyers’ 2000-01 campaign got off to a rough start as the team went winless between October 7 and October 21 in seven games (0-5-2-0). Injuries to standout players like Mark Recchi and John LeClair contributed to the Flyer’s early-on woes but both players have now returned to the lineup. Thus, November has seen the team turn their ship around—they have gone 8-3-0-0 since November 4.

PHILADELPHIA AT HOME: 6-6-2-0
PHILADELPHIA ON THE ROAD: 5-3-2-0
PHILADELPHIA ON THE POWER PLAY: 14.0% (14 for 100)
PHILADELPHIA SHORTHANDED: 78.5% (61 for 79)

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.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANESGPGATP
8 Ozolinsh2331417
10 Francis2351116
23 Gelinas237916
25 Willis238715
GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe202.398-7-3.909
31 Moss64.101-4-0.858
PHILADELPHIAGPGATP
12 Gagne2491019
25 Primeau227916
18 Langkow245813
37 Desjardins244913
GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
32 Cechmanek121.766-3-1.931
33 Boucher133.195-5-3.886
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