NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, October 13th
(All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (1-0-1-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (0-2-0-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes try to avoid an 0-3 start tonight
when they welcome the Florida Panthers to RBC Center.
This is already the second time this season the Canes and Cats have been
matched against one another, as Florida posted a 3-1 home victory in last
After that defeat, the Hurricanes were topped 2-1 by visiting New Jersey two
nights later. Martin Brodeur stymied Carolina with 30 saves, and Rod
Brind'Amour managed the only goal in the loss. Netminder Kevin Weekes made 20
stops in the setback.
Carolina, which finished last in the NHL last season after a 2002 trip to the
Stanley Cup Finals, has given up the first goal in each of its first two games
to this point. Last campaign Paul Maurice's club surrendered the opening tally
in 50 contests.
The Hurricanes have not been 0-3 since 1997-98, their first season playing in
Carolina after relocating from Hartford.
Maurice's crew will begin a four-game road trip next Saturday against the NY
Florida, meanwhile, is 1-0-1 after two tries, as it skated to a 1-1 tie with
visiting Boston on Saturday night. Panthers captain Olli Jokinen scored the
equalizer 3:17 into the third period, and Roberto Luongo finished with 32
saves between the pipes.
Jokinen, who broke out with 65 points a season ago, has found the scoresheet
in both games thus far, posting a goal and an assist. Viktor Kozlov and Niklas
Hangman have two points thus far as well.
The Panthers kick off a tough road stretch tonight, as they'll play seven-of-
nine away from Sunrise. Florida was a respectable 16-15-6-4 on the road last
The Panthers have won three straight and five of the last six meetings with
Carolina. Florida is, however, 1-4-1 in its last six visits to Raleigh.
10/13 10:17:37 ET