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Friday, November 30th (All times eastern)

Washington Capitals (8-15-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (13-9-3), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season tonight when they invite the lowly Washington Capitals to the RBC Center.

The Hurricanes have been handed defeats its last two times on the ice and the first setback came against these same Washington Capitals last Saturday. The Hurricanes haven't dropped three games in a row since March 27-30 of last season.

Carolina was back in action on Wednesday and was dealt a setback by the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.

Derian Hatcher scored his first goal of the season and the Flyers posted a 3-1 victory over Hurricanes.

Cory Stillman had the lone goal and Cam Ward stopped 31-of-34 shots for the Hurricanes, who have dropped five of their last seven games overall. However, Carolina is still first in the Southeast Division with 29 points.

Stillman has registered a point in five straight games, posting one goal and five assists during the stretch. He leads the Hurricanes with 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) this season.

The Hurricanes, who are 7-5-1 in Raleigh this season, will play the second of two straight at home tonight.

The Capitals, meanwhile, have won just three games in their last 14 contests and were handed a close setback by Florida on Wednesday. Stephen Weiss scored in the 11th round of a shootout to help the visiting Panthers edge the Capitals, 2-1, at the Verizon Center.

Weiss skated toward the left side of the crease, drawing Washington goalkeeper Olaf Kolzig out that way. When Weiss quickly shifted the puck right, the net was left open and he was able to shoot it in.

Washington got a chance to send the shootout to another round, but Tomas Vokoun made a pad save on Brian Pothier's wrister to seal the win.

Kolzig stopped 28-of-29 shots for Washington, which has lost two straight and seven of nine. Chris Clark scored the lone goal for the Capitals.

Washington is now 2-1-1 since Bruce Boudreau took over coaching duties on an interim basis. The Capitals fired Glen Hanlon after he led the team to a 6-14-1 start to the season.

The Capitals are kicking off a three-game road trip tonight. Washington, which is 5-7-1 on the road, will also visit Florida and New Jersey on the swing.

Washington is 2-1 against the Hurricanes this year, but Carolina has still taken three of five and four of the last seven encounters. The Caps have also dropped three straight and five of their previous six games in Raleigh,

11/30 10:35:35 ET


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