NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, January 13th
(All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (27-12-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (28-10-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes seek their sixth consecutive win
tonight when they welcome the Nashville Predators to the RBC Center.
The first-place Hurricanes have won five straight on the heels of a three-game
skid. On Tuesday, Erik Cole scored the eventual game-winning goal and added an
assist, as the Canes held off Detroit, 3-2, in Raleigh.
Matt Cullen and Ray Whitney both had goals while Martin Gerber turned away 36
shots for Carolina. Eric Staal donated two assists in the win.
The Hurricanes, with 60 points, are 12 points ahead of second-place Atlanta in
the Southeast Division race. They currently trail Philadelphia by two points
for the best overall record in the National Hockey League.
Carolina, which is 18-4-1 at home, will host St. Louis on Sunday.
Nashville, meanwhile, hopes to rebound after having a two-game winning streak
snapped in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss at Atlanta. Marian Hossa scored the
only goal in the shootout to lift the Thrashers.
Yanic Perreault scored twice and Darcy Hordichuk also lit the lamp for the
Predators. Marek Zidlicky added two helpers, while Tomas Vokoun finished with
38 saves in the match.
The Predators, with 58 points, are three behind first-place Detroit in the
Nashville, which is 10-7-4 on the road, will begin a three-game homestand
Sunday against Pittsburgh.
The Predators are 3-1-1 (1 loss, 1 tie) in the last five meetings with the
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