NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, February 25th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (19-27-12-3) at Washington Capitals (19-33-8-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes try to push their unbeaten streak
to three games tonight when they visit the Washington Capitals at the MCI
Carolina is 1-0-1 in its last two, including Monday's 2-1 win at Toronto.
Kevin Weekes stopped 28 shots and Ron Francis scored his first game-winning
goal of the season to lead the Hurricanes to the decision.
Francis' goal was the 545th of his career, moving him past the great Maurice
"Rocket" Richard for sole possession of 20th place in NHL history. Erik Cole
also scored for Carolina, which won for just the second time in 10 games
The Hurricanes, though, are virtually out of the playoff race with just 53
points this season. They trail the eighth-place NY Islanders by 16 points in
Carolina, which is 1-3-1 in its last five road games, plays the second portion
of a four-game trip tonight and will visit Montreal on Saturday.
Washington, meanwhile, had a four-game unbeaten string (2-0-2) snapped via
Monday's 6-3 loss to visiting Tampa Bay. Martin St. Louis tallied a goal and
three assists to lead the Lightning.
Olaf Kolzig, named NHL defensive player of the week prior to the game, stopped
29 shots for Washington. Kolzig also had his personal five-game unbeaten
streak come to an end (2-1-3).
Josef Boumedienne, Brian Willsie and Anson Carter scored goals for the
Capitals in the setback. Robert Lang recorded two assists for Washington and
now has a point in 12 straight games (5g, 10a). He leads the NHL with 73
points overall -- two ahead of St. Louis.
The Capitals, 2-1-2 in their last five at home, will visit Florida on Friday.
Washington is 4-0-1 against Carolina this season, and 10-1-3 in the last 14
meetings overall. The Hurricanes are 0-5-1 in their last six trips to DC.
02/25 10:40:48 ET