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PREVIEW: HURRICANES VS. RANGERS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (20-17-6-2, 48 pts.)
VS.
NEW YORK RANGERS (19-24-3-1, 42 pts.)
Monday, January 22, 2001 at 7:00 p.m.

GAME DAY:
The Carolina Hurricanes look to start a new winning streak as they take on the New York Rangers at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Hurricanes fell to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday 6-3. The defeat ended the Hurricanes’ unbeaten streak at nine games (7-0-2), the longest streak since the 1984-85 season, when the team went unbeaten in nine games from March 10-29, 1985 (7-0-2). The franchise record for overall unbeaten streak is 10 (6-0-4), set between Jan. 20 and Feb. 10, 1982. The Hurricanes also saw their franchise-record nine-game home unbeaten streak (8-0-1) end on Saturday.

PRACTICE TIMES:
Jan. 22MondayESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 23TuesdayESA10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 24WednesdayNY10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Jan. 25ThursdayNone
Jan. 26FridayIceplex10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: HTS/Fox Sports Net
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); 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); WLNR-1230 AM (Kinston).

CAROLINA / NEW YORK SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers meet for the second of four games this season, and the opening game of a home-an-home series. The Hurricanes defeated the Rangers 4-3 on December 27 in the teams’ first meeting of the season. The teams square off again at Madison Square Garden on January 24 and meet for the final time of the regular season on April 4. Last year, the Rangers won the season series against the Hurricanes 3-1-0, with the Hurricanes lone victory coming on January 9, 2000 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, a 1-0 shutout by Carolina with Arturs Irbe in net. The Rangers’ Valeri Kamensky led all scorers in the season series last season with five points (1g, 4a).

CAROLINA NOTES:
Carolina defenseman Glen Wesley played in his 1000th career NHL game Saturday afternoon. Carolina winger Jeff O’Neill has 22 points in his last 19 games (15g, 7a), scoring goals in 12 of those games. Hurricanes winger Sami Kapanen has scored 20 points (9g, 11a) in the last 22 games. Martin Gelinas (4g, 5a) and Rod Brind’Amour (4g, 5a) each have nine points in the last seven games. Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe appeared in his 34th consecutive game Saturday and saw his franchise record-breaking unbeaten streak end at nine games (7-0-2). Irbe has started 33 consecutive games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 13-6-3
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 7-11-3-2
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 37-219 (16.9%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 182-209 (87.1%)

NEW YORK NOTES:
Rangers winger Theo Fleury is second in the NHL in scoring with 62 points (26g, 36a). Fleury is for fifth in the league in goal scoring (26) and assists (36) and leads the league in short-handed goals (5), power play points (28), and short-handed points (7). Defenseman Brian Leetch leads all NHL defensemen in points (55) and assists (41).

NEW YORK AT HOME: 12-10-1-1
NEW YORK ON THE ROAD: 7-14-2-0
NEW YORK ON THE POWER PLAY: 42-223 (18.8%)
NEW YORK SHORTHANDED: 185-229 (80.8%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Kevin Hatcher is day-to-day with a strained knee.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
10 Francis 45112738
92 O’Neill 45211435
24 Kapanen 45132033
23 Gelinas 45151530
25 Willis 39 91524

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe422.36 19-15-6.911
35 Pelletier 00.00 0-0-0.000

NEW YORKGPGATP
14 Fleury47263662
2 Leetch47144155
11 Messier47162642
93 Nedved44122537

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
35 Richter343.2815-17-2.892
30 Mclean113.834-4-1.881

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