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PREVIEW: SABRES AT HURRICANES

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (32-28-8-3, 75 pts.)
VS
BUFFALO SABRES (39-26-5-1, 84 pts.)*
Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 7 p.m.
*As of March 19

GAME NIGHT:
The Hurricanes face-off against the Buffalo Sabres in the second game of a three-game homestand at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Carolina earned a 2-1 victory against the NY Islanders on Sunday to open the home stretch. Carolina is currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, leading the Boston Bruins by three points. Boston plays Pittsburgh Tuesday night with a chance to cut the Carolina lead to one point. Sami Kapanen notched a goal against the Islanders, and has seven points (2g, 5a) in the last seven games. The Hurricanes have killed off 27 consecutive penalties dating back to March 4 at Chicago. They have not allowed a power-play goal in the last six games.

PRACTICE TIMES:
March 21WednesdayESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
March 22ThursdayIceplex10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
March 23FridayESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
March 24SaturdayBuffalo11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
March 25SundayIceplex11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: none.
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); 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).Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA / BUFFALO SERIES:
The Hurricanes and Sabres will meet twice in a span of four days as the teams take to the ice on Wednesday at the Entertainment and Sports Arena and Saturday at HSBC Arena. The two teams have split their first two meetings with each team winning at home. Buffalo dealt Carolina a 4-1 loss on Oct. 25, as Buffalo goaltender Dominik Hasek stopped 30 of 31 shots on goal. The Hurricanes returned the favor with a 5-3 win in front of a sellout crowd in Raleigh on Dec. 15. Jeff O’Neill leads all scorers in this season’s series with four points (2g, 2a) in the two games. The teams split their four-game series 2-2 last season. The Hurricanes are 51-73-17 all time against Buffalo including a 29-32-10 record on home ice and a 22-41-7 record in Buffalo.

CAROLINA NOTES:
Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour is just two goals shy of 300 in his NHL career. The Hurricanes have lost just 14 of their last 40 regular season games at home, dating back to last season (25-14-2). Carolina has outscored opponents 110-97 at home this season. The Hurricanes are 26-16-5-2 against Eastern Conference teams this season. Carolina was ranked second in the National Hockey League in team faceoff percentage through March 18, winning 54.9% of its faceoffs. Brind’Amour is tops among all Hurricanes and ranks second in the NHL (minimum 20 games) with a faceoff percentage of 60.4%.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 19-13-3-0 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 13-15-5-3 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 63-of-340 (18.5%) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 279-of-320 (87.2%)

BUFFALO NOTES:
The Sabres take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at HSBC Arena on Tuesday night before flying to Carolina. Buffalo made a pair of trade deadline day deals last week, acquiring Steve Heinze from the Columbus Blue Jackets and Donald Audette from the Atlanta Thrashers. Heinze scored four goals and added two assists in his first three games with Buffalo. Buffalo’s penalty kill is tied with Carolina’s for the top penalty kill in the NHL.
BUFFALO AT HOME*: 22-10-3-0 BUFFALO ON THE ROAD: 17-16-2-1 BUFFALO ON THE POWER PLAY*: 52-of-330 (15.8%) BUFFALO SHORTHANDED*: 253-of-290 (87.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Glen Wesley suffered a broken jaw and a severe facial laceration at Chicago on March 4. He is on the Injured Reserve List.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
10 Francis71134356
92 O’Neill 71352055
17 Brind’Amour68173249
24 Kapanen71163349
23 Gelinas68202848

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe662.4231-25-8.910
31 Moss113.84 1-6-0.853

SABRES*GPGATP
28 Audette65323971
81 Satan71233053
17 Dumont69232649

GOALIES*GPGAAW-L-TSV%
39 Hasek582.2630-22-4.916
43 Biron162.407-5-1.917

*stats as of March 19

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