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PREVIEW: HURRICANES vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (10-14-3, 27 pts)

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CAROLINA HURRICANES (12-11-7, 31 pts)

Wednesday, December 15, 1999 at 7:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes enter Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with 12-11-7 record through 30 games of the season…Currently, Carolina is sixth in the Eastern Conference and second in the Southeast Division…Including tomorrow’s game against the Penguins, Carolina will play five of its next six games at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…Carolina is 6-2-2 in the last 10 games at home…The Hurricanes meet the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night, the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night and the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night before travelling to Ottawa to play the Senators on Thursday night.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Hurricanes: 10:00 a.m. at the Raleigh IcePlex

Penguins:11:30 a.m. at the Raleigh IcePlex

ON THE AIR:

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/PITTSBURGH SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet Wednesday for the third of four games this season…Carolina leads the season series, 2-0-0, after defeating Pittsburgh 3-2 on October 23 at the Civic Arena and 5-3 on November 27 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…The Hurricanes have not beaten the Penguins three times in a single season since the Hartford Whalers swept the 1986-87 season series, 3-0-0…Carolina trails in the overall series by a 30-38-8 margin, including a 18-18-1 mark at home.

CAROLINA NOTES: The Carolina Hurricanes concluded their four-game road trip with a 1-3-0 record after falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, on Friday, December 10…Paul Ranheim and Sean Hill each scored for the Hurricanes who lost to the Lightning for the first time since October 1, 1997…With an assist on Hill’s power-play goal to close the team’s deficit to 3-2 midway in the third period, Ron Francis tied Mark Messier for fourth on the league’s all-time assist list (1,057)…Paul Coffey is three points shy of becoming the only defenseman in league history to record 1,500 points….Sean Hill leads the league in hits (140) and ranks fifth among all NHL defensemen in points (21) this season…Hill leads the team’s defensemen in goals (6), assists (15) and points (21) in 30 games…Over the last nine games, Hill has totaled 12 points (4g, 8a)…Since missing two games (11/24-11/26) due to a back injury, Jeff O’Neill has totaled 12 points (5g, 7a) in seven games…He currently ranks tied for third in the NHL with four game-winning goals…Carolina is 6-4-2 at home this season after skating to a 2-2 tie with Toronto on December 2…The Hurricanes are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games at home, including victories over the Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, the Dallas Stars, the Ottawa Senators, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Washington Capitals…Carolina has not allowed a power-play goal in 12 games at home this season…CAROLINA AT HOME: 6-4-2 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-7-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 18.7% (23 for 123) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 85.1% (74 for 87).

PITTSBURGH NOTES: The Penguins travel to play the Hurricanes after hosting the Boston Bruins tonight…Pittsburgh’s new head coach Herb Brooks makes his third appearance behind the Penguins’ bench tonight after replacing Kevin Constantine last week…Pittsburgh is 2-0-0 since the coaching change…The Penguins have lost their last two games and are 3-10-1 this season away from Civic Arena…Forward Jaromir Jagr leads the league in goals (22) and points (46)…Goaltender Tom Barrasso returns to the lineup tomorrow night after serving a four-game suspension for a slashing incident against Toronto’s Yanic Perreault…PITTSBURGH AT HOME: 7-4-2 PITTSBURGH ON THE ROAD: 3-10-1 PITTSBURGH ON THE POWER PLAY: 19.0% (20 for 105) PITTSBURGH SHORTHANDED: 80.6% (75 for 93).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE: The Hurricanes have no injuries.

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