CAROLINA HURRICANES (25-23-7-3, 60 pts.)
ATLANTA THRASHERS (18-30-9-2, 47 pts.)
Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at 7:00 p.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes return home to face the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The game is just the third home game for Carolina in the month of February, and the start of a three-game home stand. The Hurricanes are 12-7-3-1 in their last 23 games overall. Carolina has lost just once this season when leading after two periods (18-0-1-1). The Hurricanes enter the game one point behind Boston for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with one game in hand. Boston plays at Colorado Wednesday night.
Feb. 21ESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 22ESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Feb. 23ESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 24ESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
ON THE AIR:
Local Television: none
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WTRP-620 AM (La Grange, Ga.); 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 / ATLANTA SERIES:
The Hurricanes and the Thrashers face-off for the third of five meetings this season. Carolina won the first two contests, defeating Atlanta at Philips Arena 5-3 on Dec. 6 and 3-1 on Feb. 1. The two teams meet again on Feb. 27 in Atlanta and on April 6 in Raleigh. The Hurricanes defeated the Thrashers in all five of the teams’ match-ups last season—the Thrashers’ inaugural season. The Hurricanes are 7-0-0-0 all-time against Atlanta and 3-0 on home ice.
Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour (9g, 15a) has 24 points in the last 20 games and has points in 12 of his last 14 games (5g, 13a). Carolina winger Jeff O’Neill has 32 points in his last 32 games (23g, 9a), scoring goals in 17 of those games. Ron Francis has 18 points (5g, 13a) in his last 19 games. Goaltender Arturs Irbe has started 44 of the last 46 games. If he plays Wednesday, Martin Gelinas will be playing his 800th career NHL game. The Hurricanes are in the midst of a stretch in which they play five games in seven days.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 16-10-2 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-13-4-3 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 48-of-277 (17.3%) CAROLINA SHORT-HANDED: 236-of-271 (87.1%)
The Atlanta Thrashers enter Wednesday’s game after enjoying three days off since falling to Philadelphia 5-1 on Saturday. The Thrashers are currently in fourth place in the Southeast Division. RW Donald Audette is Atlanta’s leading scorer this season with 64 points (27g, 37a) in 54 games.
ATLANTA AT HOME: 9-15-3-2 ATLANTA ON THE ROAD: 9-15-6-0 ATLANTA ON THE POWER PLAY: 41-of-287 (14.3%) ATLANTA SHORT-HANDED: 227-of-285 (79.6%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Darren Langdon suffered a groin strain at Phoenix (2/7). He is currently on the Injured Reserve List.
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
10 Francis 58123547
92 O’Neill 58291645
23 Gelinas 55182240
24 Kapanen 58132538
17 Brind’Amour 55132538
1 Irbe532.47 24-20-7.908