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PREVIEW: HURRICANES VS. THRASHERS IN WEEKEND SET

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (35-35-10-0, 80 pts)

VS.

ATLANTA THRASHERS (14-59-7-4, 39 pts)

Saturday, April 8, 2000, at 3:00 p.m. at Phillips Arena

Sunday April 9, 2000, at 1:30 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes and the Atlanta Thrashers face-off in a pair of weekend afternoon games to close the 1999-2000 regular season…The Thrashers host the Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon at Phillips Arena…Both teams then travel to Raleigh to wrap up the regular season in a 1:30 p.m. game at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…Doors will open at 12:00 noon…Carolina is currently in third place in the Southeast Division and 10th place in the Eastern Conference with 80 points…The Hurricanes are 3-2-0 in their last five games and 5-5-0 in their last 10 after falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, in Pittsburgh on Monday night…Carolina is 10-5-3 this season against teams from the Southeast Division…Atlanta enters the weekend in fifth place in the Southeast Division having won just one of their last 10 games.

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/ATLANTA SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and Atlanta Thrashers meet Saturday and Sunday for the fourth and fifth times this season…Carolina leads the 1999-2000 regular season series against Atlanta, 3-0-0, after defeating the Thrashers 5-1 in Raleigh on March 12…The Hurricanes were victorious in the teams’ first-ever meeting on December 18 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena by a 4-2 score…The Hurricanes were also victorious against the Thrashers on New Year’s Day in Atlanta, defeating Atlanta 4-2 at Phillips Arena…Ron Francis leads all scorers in the series with six points (2g, 4a) while Martin Gelinas (1g,3) and Gary Roberts (1g,3a) have each added four points for the Hurricanes…Sami Kapanen, Jeff O’Neill, and Robert Kron have each netted two goals against the Thrashers this season…Carolina was 3-for-12 (25%) on the power-play and is a perfect 7-for-7 (100%) on the penalty kill during the first three games of the series.

CAROLINA NOTES: The Hurricanes return to action Saturday after having five days off to recover from a stretch when they played six games in 10 days…On Monday in Pittsburgh, Robert Kron and Jeff O’Neill each tallied goals for the Hurricanes, but Carolina came up short against the Penguins 3-2, snapping a three-game win streak…Arturs Irbe, who was named the NHL’s Player of the Week earlier in the day, stopped 15 shots and allowed three goals as he made his 22nd consecutive start, tying a franchise record…During the Hurricanes’ three-game win streak prior to the Penguins game, Irbe had allowed just two goals in three games, stopping 76 shots, including 31 in a 1-0 shutout win against the Philadelphia Flyers …Hurricanes captain Ron Francis leads the team in points with 70, and has 23 goals, the 12th time he has reached the 20 goal plateau with the Hurricanes franchise…CAROLINA AT HOME: 19-16-5 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 16-19-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 16.6% (56 for 337) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 83.9% (209 for 249).

ATLANTA NOTES: The Atlanta Thrashers look for their first win against the Hurricanes this weekend as they finish off their inaugural campaign…Atlanta has won just 14 games in its first season, with five of those wins coming against teams from the Southeast Division…Atlanta center Andreas Karlsson enters the weekend on a three-game points streak (2g,1a)…LW Andrew Brunette leads the Thrashers in scoring with 49 points (22g,27a)…ATLANTA AT HOME: 9-28-3 ATLANTA ON THE ROAD: 5-31-4 ATLANTA ON THE POWER PLAY: 12.8% (44 for 344) ATLANTA SHORTHANDED: 80.6% (307 for 381).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE: Sami Kapanen is day-to-day due to post-concussion syndrome…Dave Karpa is day-to-day with due to a bruised foot…Curtis Leschyshyn is day-to-day with a groin injury.

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