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PREVIEW: HURRICANES vs. Washington Capitals

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes


WASHINGTON CAPITALS (29-20-9-1, 68 pts)

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CAROLINA HURRICANES (25-27-8-0, 58 pts)

Monday, February 21, 2000 at 1:30 p.m.

GAME NIGHT: The Carolina Hurricanes enter Monday afternoon’s game against the Washington Capitals after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2, on Saturday night…The Hurricanes are in third place in the Southeast Division, trailing the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals, and are seeded 10th in the Eastern Conference with 58 points…Monday’s game marks the third of four home games at the Entertainment and Sports Arena…Following the game, Carolina hosts the Florida Panthers on Thursday night…Carolina is 3-2-0 in its last five games and 6-4-0 in its last 10 overall.

ON THE AIR:

Local Television: Home Team Sports (HTS)

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/WASHINGTON SERIES: The Carolina Hurricanes and the Washington Capitals meet Monday for the fourth of five games this season…The 1999-2000 season series is tied at 1-1-1…Jeff O’Neill (2g, 1a), Bates Battaglia (1g, 2a), Ron Francis (1g, 2a), and Gary Roberts (1g, 2a) lead the team in scoring against Washington this season…The Hurricanes are 1-for-13 (7.7%) on the power-play in the series and are 9-for-9 on the penalty kill…Arturs Irbe has been in net for each of the three games against Washington this season, posting a 2.28 goals against average and a .920 save percentage…Carolina trails 24-40-9 in the all-time series and is 12-18-7 at home against Washington…The Hurricanes and Capitals tied their five-game season series last year, 2-2-1…The two conclude their 1999-2000 season series March 17 at the MCI Center.

CAROLINA NOTES Rod Brind’Amour registered a goal and an assist and Robert Kron added two assists as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2, at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Saturday night…Brind’Amour notched his second goal with the Hurricanes this season, scoring 16 seconds into the second period to give Carolina a 2-0 lead and then added an assist on Sean Hill’s power-play goal 7:30 later to seal the Hurricanes’ eighth win in 13 games…With his two assists, Kron moved into 10th place on the team’s all-time points list (236)…Arturs Irbe collected 28 saves for his 22nd victory of the season…Entering Monday’s game against Washington, Irbe is tied for the league lead among goaltenders in games played this season with 53 and ranks second in minutes with 3,067… Irbe, in his second season with the Hurricanes, ranks second in team history in goals against average (2.38), fifth in wins (49), and sixth in minutes played (6,710)…Carolina has scored 41 power-play goals in 60 games this season…Last season, Carolina scored a total of 41 power-play goals in 82 games…On Monday, the Hurricanes play the second of four consecutive games against teams from within their own division, the Southeast Division…Carolina, who won the 1999 Southeast Division, is 8-3-2 in 13 games against the Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Washington Capitals, ranking second in the division with 18 points…Since the division was created prior to last season, the Hurricanes are 13-5-10 (.642) against teams within the division…CAROLINA AT HOME: 14-12-1 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 11-15-5 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 17.2% (41 for 238) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 81.8% (147 for 181).

WASHINGTON NOTES: The Washington Capitals visit the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Monday as the hottest team in the league, posting a 16-4-3 record since the New Year…After losing on the road in Philadelphia on Saturday, the Capitals remained in second place in the Southeast Division with 68 points…Netminder Olaf Kolzig represented the team at the 2000 All-Star Game after being named NHL Player of the Month for January…WASHINGTON AT HOME: 17-4-6 WASHINGTON ON THE ROAD: 12-16-3 WASHINGTON ON THE POWER PLAY: 15.0% (31 for 206) WASHINGTON SHORTHANDED: 86.9% (206 for 237).

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:

Curtis Leschyshyn has missed the Hurricanes’ last 10 games due to a groin injury…He is day-to-day…Gary Roberts has missed the Hurricanes’ last four due to a groin injury…He is day-to-day…Glen Wesley did not play against the Tampa Bay Lightning due to an eye injury…He is day-to-day.

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