NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, December 9th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (7-11-8-1) at Edmonton Oilers (11-12-3-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes try to halt their three-game
winless streak tonight when they head into Rexall Place to face the Edmonton
The Hurricanes were dealt a 3-1 loss by the Montreal Canadiens in the finale
of a home-and-home series Saturday at the Bell Centre. The two teams also met
Friday and played to a 1-1 stalemate in Raleigh.
Danny Markov scored the only goal of the contest for the Hurricanes, who
remained winless in their last three (0-1-1-1) and have just two wins over
their last 11 games (2-5-3-1). Kevin Weekes stopped 23-of-26 shots in the
Saturday's loss opened a four-game Canadian road trip for the Canes, who are
a dismal 2-8-3 away from Raleigh this season. Carolina visits Calgary on
Thursday and then travels to play Vancouver on Sunday.
Carolina is just 1-7-1 in its last nine road contests.
The Oilers are coming off a 4-3 win over the lowly Pittsburgh Penguins on
Saturday night at Rexall Place. Cory Cross and Shawn Horcoff scored third-
period goals to help Edmonton snap a season high six-game winless streak
Cross added and an assist, and Ryan Smyth also had a goal and a helper for
Edmonton. Mike York also scored for the Oilers, while Ty Conklin stopped 24
The Oilers complete a five-game homestand tonight before beginning a four-
game road trip in San Jose on Thursday evening.
On the injury front, goaltender Tommy Salo will likely return after missing 13
games with a hip injury. Also, Edmonton has been without left wing Brad
Isbister and defenseman Eric Brewer for a week. Isbister has missed the last
three games with a back strain and is probable for tonight's contest. Brewer
has been out for four games with a groin injury and could be available for the
team's upcoming road trip.
This evening's contest marks the only meeting of the season between the two
teams. Carolina is 4-2-4 in the last 10 matchups and has lost just once in the
previous five tilts (2-1-2) in Edmonton.
12/09 12:01:35 ET