NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 9th (All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (7-11-8-1) at Edmonton Oilers (11-12-3-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes try to halt their three-game winless streak tonight when they head into Rexall Place to face the Edmonton Oilers.
The Hurricanes were dealt a 3-1 loss by the Montreal Canadiens in the finale of a home-and-home series Saturday at the Bell Centre. The two teams also met Friday and played to a 1-1 stalemate in Raleigh.
Danny Markov scored the only goal of the contest for the Hurricanes, who remained winless in their last three (0-1-1-1) and have just two wins over their last 11 games (2-5-3-1). Kevin Weekes stopped 23-of-26 shots in the losing effort.
Saturday's loss opened a four-game Canadian road trip for the Canes, who are a dismal 2-8-3 away from Raleigh this season. Carolina visits Calgary on Thursday and then travels to play Vancouver on Sunday.
Carolina is just 1-7-1 in its last nine road contests.
The Oilers are coming off a 4-3 win over the lowly Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at Rexall Place. Cory Cross and Shawn Horcoff scored third- period goals to help Edmonton snap a season high six-game winless streak (1-5-1).
Cross added and an assist, and Ryan Smyth also had a goal and a helper for Edmonton. Mike York also scored for the Oilers, while Ty Conklin stopped 24 shots.
The Oilers complete a five-game homestand tonight before beginning a four- game road trip in San Jose on Thursday evening.
On the injury front, goaltender Tommy Salo will likely return after missing 13 games with a hip injury. Also, Edmonton has been without left wing Brad Isbister and defenseman Eric Brewer for a week. Isbister has missed the last three games with a back strain and is probable for tonight's contest. Brewer has been out for four games with a groin injury and could be available for the team's upcoming road trip.
This evening's contest marks the only meeting of the season between the two teams. Carolina is 4-2-4 in the last 10 matchups and has lost just once in the previous five tilts (2-1-2) in Edmonton.
12/09 12:01:35 ET