ST. LOUIS BLUES (46-17-9-0, 101 pts)
CAROLINA HURRICANES (31-32-10-0, 72 pts)
Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 7:00 p.m.
GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes host the St. Louis Blues to begin a four-game homestand at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…Carolina is currently in third place in the Southeast Division and is 10th in the Eastern Conference with 72 points…The Hurricanes are one point behind the Montreal Canadiens and the Buffalo Sabres for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Conference…The Hurricanes are 2-2-1 in their last five games and 5-4-1 in their last 10 after shutting out the New Jersey Devils, 5-0, last night.
ON THE AIR:
Local Television: espn2
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/ST. LOUIS SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and the St. Louis Blues meet tonight for the second time during the 1999-2000 regular season…The Hurricanes lead the 1999-2000 season series 1-0-0 after defeating the Blues, 4-2, on the road on December 7…The Hurricanes were 3-for-5 on the power-play against the Blues in the victory…Carolina trails by a 20-31-4 margin in the overall series, including a 11-13-2 mark at home…Tonight the Hurricanes host the Blues for the first time since defeating St. Louis 4-3 on October 22, 1997 at the Greensboro Coliseum…Carolina has won their last two home games against St. Louis, last losing to the Blues at home as the Hartford Whalers on October 25, 1995.
CAROLINA NOTES: Among one of six teams aiming to claim the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, the Carolina Hurricanes have nine games remaining on their 1999-2000 regular season schedule…Carolina has six games remaining at home and three games on the road…Of their remaining schedule, seven games will be against teams with below .500 records…Including tonight’s game, Carolina is 10-6-0 this season against their remaining opponents…Last night, Sean Hill scored twice and added an assist and Arturs Irbe made 22 saves for his 23rd shutout as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New Jersey Devils, 5-0, on the road…Rod Brind’Amour, Sami Kapanen, and Jeff O’Neill each scored as the Hurricanes closed to within one point of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference…Brind’Amour registered his ninth goal of the season with a short-handed strike at the 19:27 mark of the first period to give Carolina a 1-0 lead…The Hurricanes’ power-play converted twice in the second period when Hill recorded his 11th and 12th goals of the season…After earning a 5-0 shutout last night against the New Jersey Devils, the Carolina Hurricanes have outscored their opponents 38-27…During the month of March: the Hurricanes have scored four or more goals in six of their 10 games in the month…Team captain Ron Francis has totaled 14 points (3g, 11a) in March and posted an eight-game points streak (3g, 11a)…Defenseman Sean Hill has posted four multi-point games in the month, totaling eight points (4g, 9a)…Gary Roberts has accumulated 10 points (6g, 4a) over his last nine games, including a two-goal effort on 3/10…Forward Jeff O’Neill has totaled nine points (4g, 5a) in March, including a two-goal game against Atlanta on 3/12…Bates Battaglia registered the team’s first hat trick since April 9, 1998 when he scored three consecutive goals in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 8, 2000…CAROLINA AT HOME: 16-14-5 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 15-18-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.5% (52 for 297) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 83.3% (190 for 228).
ST. LOUIS NOTES: The St. Louis Blues enter tonight’s game following a 2-1 defeat of the Washington Capitals on Monday night…With the win, the Blues surpassed the 100-point mark for the season…St. Louis owns the best record in the National Hockey League (46-17-9-0) with 101 points…Having already clinched a playoff spot, the Blues have a five-point lead over the Detroit Red Wings in the chase for the Central Division title and home-ice advantage throughout the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs…All-Star goaltender Roman Turek leads the league in goals against average (1.93) and shutouts (6) this season and is second in wins (38)…ST. LOUIS AT HOME: 22-8-6 ST. LOUIS ON THE ROAD: 24-9-3 ST. LOUIS ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.2% (52 for 303) ST. LOUIS SHORTHANDED: 87.8% (273 for 311).
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Curtis Leschyshyn is day-to-day with a groin injury after missing the Hurricanes’ last two games.