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Thursday, March 25th (All times eastern)

Florida Panthers (27-31-14-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (26-31-13-6), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers try to halt a three-game losing streak tonight when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center in a battle of non-playoff clubs.

On Tuesday, the Cats dropped a 4-3 overtime loss to visiting New Jersey, as Scott Niedermayer scored with 1:05 remaining in overtime to lift the Devils.

Lyle Odelein scored twice and Vaclav Nedorost also found the back of the net for the Panthers, while Roberto Luongo finished with 46 saves. Luongo is 38 stops shy of tying Felix Potvin's NHL single-season record of 2,214 saves set during the 1996-97 campaign with Toronto.

New Jersey outshot Florida 50-24, including 25-4 in the third period. The Devils then scored on their only shot of the extra period. The Panthers are now officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Florida, 4-2-3 in its last nine road games, will open a three-game homestand Saturday versus Atlanta.

Carolina, meanwhile, has lost three of its last five (2-2-0-1), including Tuesday's 4-2 loss to visiting Philadelphia. Bret Hedican and Craig Adams accounted for the Carolina scoring, as the Hurricanes finished winless against the Flyers this season (0-2-2). Kevin Weekes allowed four goals on 25 shots in the losing effort.

The Hurricanes failed to earn a point for the first time in seven contests (4-1-0-2) overall. They also dropped to 2-9-3-1 in their last 15 home tilts

Carolina will visit the NY Islanders Saturday.

The Canes and Panthers are 1-1-1 against each other this season, but Florida is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings overall.

03/25 14:25:45 ET


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