NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, November 13th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (7-5-3-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (4-6-5-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Licking their wounds from a blowout loss to woeful Washington Wednesday night, the Carolina Hurricanes try to make a quick recovery this evening when they welcome the Atlanta Thrashers to RBC Center.
Carolina was pounded, 7-1, by the host Caps, who cemented the contest with a four-spot in the third period. Washington scored three of those tallies during a furious 1:16 span of the final frame that saw a total of four goals posted between the teams.
Kevin Weekes started in net for the Hurricanes, who had a three-game unbeaten streak snapped (2-0-1). Weekes allowed four goals on 17 shots before he was replaced by Jamie Storr, who saved 12 the rest of the way. Ryan Bayda tallied the lone Carolina goal, converting 4:34 into the third.
The Canes, who continued to struggle on the road, hope a return to Raleigh can provide a lift. They are 3-2-2 at RBC Center and open a three-game set tonight. Carolina will seek revenge against Washington on Saturday.
Atlanta, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three and is 2-4-1 in the last seven. Nonetheless, the Thrashers, with 18 points, sit only one behind first- place Tampa Bay in the Southeast Division.
On Tuesday, the Thrashers dropped a 2-1 decision to visiting Ottawa at Philips Arena. The Senators' Martin Havlat snapped a tie midway through the third period to decide things.
Randy Robitaille posted a goal and an assist for Atlanta, and Pasi Nurminen finished with 24 saves. Ronald Petrovicky and Yannick Tremblay also scored, as the Thrashers managed a mere five shots in the third period.
Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk was held off the scoresheet Tuesday, but remains the league's leading goal-scorer with 13. However, Colorado's Alex Tanguay passed Kovalchuk atop the NHL points leaderboard. Tanguay currently has 23 points, while Kovalchuk and Washington's Robert Lang are tied for second with 21.
The Thrashers, 4-3-1-1 on the road, open a brief trip tonight and will visit Philadelphia on Saturday.
Atlanta and Carolina went 2-2-1 against each other last season, but the Hurricanes are 14-2-4 in the all-time series. The Thrashers are 1-8-1 in North Carolina, with their first win in the state coming last December.
Six of the last nine meetings between these clubs have gone into overtime.
11/13 10:12:00 ET