NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 25th (All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (12-8-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (14-6-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes try to halt their first losing streak of the season tonight when they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to RBC Center.
The Canes have lost their last three games, including Tuesday's 5-3 setback to visiting Ottawa. Jason Spezza scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and Mike Fisher had a goal and two assists to lead the Senators.
Eric Staal and Craig Adams each had a goal and an assist in the loss for the Hurricanes, while goaltender Martin Gerber made 25 saves in the defeat.
Carolina tied the game at 3-3 with a goal from Cory Stillman 1:12 into the third period, but Ottawa got the lead back just over three minutes later.
Staal has tallied three goals in the last four games, and is tied for fourth in the league with 15 tallies overall. He is also tied for fourth in the NHL with 33 points.
The Hurricanes, who were off to the best start in franchise history before their current slide, will host Atlanta on Sunday.
Toronto, meanwhile, hopes to rebound after having a four-game winning streak snapped in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to Boston. Glen Murray scored two first-period goals and Patrice Bergeron added a goal and an assist to spearhead the Bruins' attack.
Darcy Tucker scored the Leafs' lone goal and Ed Belfour stopped 32 of 37 shots for Toronto.
A Maple Leafs victory would have marked the team's longest winning streak of the season.
Toronto, which is 4-4-1 on the road, will host Montreal on Saturday.
The Leafs and Canes have split two meetings this season, with each team winning in its own rink.
The Maple Leafs are 7-3-1 in the last 11 clashes overall.
11/25 10:19:45 ET