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PREVIEW: HURRICANES VS. ST. LOUIS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (2-4-3-0, 7 pts)
vs.
ST. LOUIS BLUES (7-2-1-0, 15 pts)
Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes celebrate the one-year anniversary of their first game at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Sunday against the 1999-2000 President's Trophy-winning St. Louis Blues…The Hurricanes started their current three-game home stand on Friday earning a tie against last season's Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils…Defenseman Sean Hill makes his return to Raleigh wearing a St. Louis sweater after signing a free agent contract with the Blues on July 1…Hill, Carolina's fifth best scorer last season (44 points – 13g, 31a) has tallied four points (0g, 4a) in 10 games with St. Louis this season.

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: none
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WTRP-620 AM (La Grange, Ga.); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); WDZL 98.3 FM (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 / ST. LOUIS SERIES: Last season the Hurricanes and Blues split a two game series, each winning on the road…Carolina forward Jeff O'Neill led all scorers in last season's series tallying four points (3g, 1a) in the teams' two meetings…Hurricane goaltender Arturs Irbe had an impressive 1999-2000 series against St. Louis turning away 55 shots, posting a 2.02 GAA and a .932 save percentage…Carolina is 20-32-4 all-time against the Blues and 11-14-2 on home ice.

CAROLINA NOTES: Carolina comes into Sunday's game after skating to a 3-3 tie with the Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils on Friday…The Hurricanes are in the midst of a three-game home stand – Carolina is 21-17-7 all-time at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…Rookie forwards Shane Willis and Josef Vasicek continue their scoring ways- both scored goals against New Jersey on Friday - trailing only Martin Gelinas in total points on the team…Sami Kapanen notched an assist against New Jersey on Friday for his first sixth point of the season.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 1-1-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 1-3-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 9.8% (5 for 51)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 86.4% (38 for 44)

ST. LOUIS NOTES: During the 1999-2000 season St. Louis dominated -- finishing 51-20-11-1 (114 points), good for first place in the Central Division, Western Conference and the National Hockey League…The San Jose Sharks upset St. Louis' season, sending them home after the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by defeating the Blues in the series 4-3…The Blues signed standout defenseman Chris Pronger to a contract extension on Thursday that will keep him in St. Louis through the 2003-04 season.

ST. LOUIS AT HOME: 5-0-0
ST. LOUIS ON THE ROAD: 2-2-1
ST. LOUIS ON THE POWER PLAY: 15.3% (10 for 59)
ST. LOUIS SHORTHANDED: 89.8% (53 for 59)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE: Defensemen Kevin Hatcher (bruised fingers) and David Tanabe (concussion) are both day-to-day.

STATISTICS

HURRICANES GPGATP
23 Gelinas 9 4 5 9
25 Willis 9 3 4 7
63 Vasicek 9 2 5 7
24 Kapanen 9 2 4 6

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe 7 2.63 2-2-3.899
31 Moss 2 3.03 0-2-0.908

ST. LOUIS*GPGA TP
77 Turgeon 10 4 12 16
48 Young 10 11 2 13
44 Pronger 9 2 7 9

GOALIES*GPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Turek 7 2.12 4-2-1 .901
35 Johnson 3 1.33 3-0-0 .929

* St. Louis statistics do not include their Oct. 28 game against Dallas

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