NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 13th (All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (7-11-0) at Atlanta Thrashers (7-10-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers will try to get back on the winning track this evening, when they host the struggling Florida Panthers in a Southeast Division battle at Philips Arena.
The Thrashers had won a season-high three straight and five of six games before losing to visiting Carolina on Saturday. Rod Brind'Amour had a pair of goals as the Hurricanes edged Atlanta, 5-3.
Marian Hossa scored twice and Eric Perrin added a goal and an assist for the Thrashers, while Ondrej Pavelec stopped 34 shots in the loss.
Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk, who had scored eight goals and added two assists in the previous four games, was held off the scoresheet.
The Thrashers are just 2-4-0 as the host club this season and are playing the second of two straight in Atlanta tonight.
Meanwhile, the Panthers dropped their third consecutive game Monday evening, as they were dealt a close loss by visiting Carolina. Cory Stillman scored twice and posted the game-winning goal with 1:06 remaining in the third period, as the Hurricanes edged Florida, 4-3.
Stephen Weiss, David Booth and Jozef Stumpel had the goals for the Panthers, while Tomas Vokoun made 32 saves in defeat.
The game was marred by a scary injury to Carolina's Erik Cole, who had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher. Cole suffered an apparent neck injury with 7:26 left in regulation after getting checked from behind by Florida's Jassen Cullimore. Cole, who suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck in March of 2006, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, but reports indicated he had movement in his extremities.
The Panthers have struggled on the road this season, going 2-7-0 as the visiting club. Florida has tasted defeat in five of its last six games on the opposition's ice.
Atlanta opened the season series with the Panthers last Friday in Florida and posted a 4-1 victory. The Thrashers have won seven of nine and 10 of the last 13 encounters with the Panthers.
The Thrashers have won 10 consecutive home games against the Panthers, as Florida hasn't won in Atlanta since October 25, 2003.
11/13 10:23:51 ET