NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, January 8th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (21-15-5) at Florida Panthers (18-16-6), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The rolling Carolina Hurricanes will try to extend their
longest winning streak of the season tonight when they visit the Florida
Panthers for a Southeast Division battle at BankAtlantic Center.
The Hurricanes have won four straight and eight of their last 11 games.
Carolina is second in the Southeast with 47 points, but is still 10 points
behind Washington for the division lead.
Carolina's latest victory came Tuesday night against the visiting New Jersey
Devils. Cam Ward made 25 saves and Tuomo Ruutu netted the game-winner, as the
Hurricanes fended off the Devils, 3-2, at the RBC Center.
Ray Whitney and Sergei Samsonov also scored for the Hurricanes, who have also
earned points in 12 of their last 15 outings. Carolina is 9-4-3 since Paul
Maurice took over as head coach for the fired Peter Laviolette.
Tonight's test marks the first of three straight on the road for the
Hurricanes, who are 9-6-4 as the visiting team this season. Carolina has won
two straight and three of its last four road tests.
The Panthers have won two of their last three games on the heels of a four-
game slide. Florida's most recent triumph came Tuesday night in Toronto, as
Tomas Vokoun made 24 saves to help the Panthers notch the 4-2 decision at Air
Stephen Weiss, Gregory Campbell and Ville Peltonen each had a goal and an
assist for the Panthers. Michael Frolik also lit the lamp in the win.
David Booth added an assist to extend his point streak to six games and has
recorded four goals and five helpers during the run. Booth is tied with
Calgary's Daymond Langkow for the longest current point streaks in the NHL.
The Panthers are 8-5-3 as the host this year and are kicking off a three-game
homestand tonight. Florida has dropped two straight and three of its last five
tests on home ice.
Carolina has taken two of three matchups with the Panthers this year and has
won four of six and seven of the last 10 encounters overall. However, the
Hurricanes have dropped two of three and three of their last five stops in
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