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Francis to Miss Game Against Rangers

Associate head coach suffered a back injury during the All-Star break

Tuesday, 01.27.2009 / 11:53 AM ET / News
By Mike Sundheim
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Francis to Miss Game Against Rangers

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that Associate Head Coach Ron Francis will not be behind the bench for tonight’s game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. Francis suffered a back injury during the All-Star break and is not with the team on the current road trip.

The Hurricanes take on the New York Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m., FS Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network). Carolina returns home to Raleigh after tonight’s game, where the Hurricanes will host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at the RBC Center (7 p.m., FS Carolinas HD, Hurricanes Radio Network). For information on Hurricanes ticket packages, 1-866-NHL-CANES or visit Single-game Hurricanes tickets for all January and February games are available at the Time Warner Cable Box Office at the RBC Center,, by calling 1-800-745-3000 all Ticketmaster outlets.