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Friday, December 2nd (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (16-7-1) at Dallas Stars (16-7-1), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of first-place teams meet for the only time during the regular season tonight, as the Carolina Hurricanes visit the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

The Hurricanes have 33 points and lead Tampa Bay by two for the top spot in the Southeast Division, while Dallas has 33 points and is tied with Los Angeles for first place in the Pacific.

Carolina is coming off an overtime victory in Atlanta on Tuesday. Frantisek Kaberle scored 32 seconds into the extra session to give the Hurricanes a 4-3 win in the back end of a home-and-home series.

In overtime, Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour had a scoring chance down low that goaltender Michael Garnett kicked out, but Kaberle raced to the loose puck and from the top of the left face-off circle, blasted the puck high glove side over Garnett's shoulder for the win.

Cam Ward made 28 saves in the victory and improved his career starting record to 6-1. Eric Staal scored a power-play goal as well a shorthanded tally, in giving the Hurricanes only their second win in the last six games. Kaberle also added an assist for the Hurricanes.

Tonight's test is the second of a six-game road trip for the Hurricanes, who are 7-3-1 as the visiting team this season.

Dallas, meanwhile, picked up a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. Sergei Zubov scored a power-play goal for his 400th point as a member of the Stars and Marty Turco made 17 saves in the win.

Antti Miettinen scored on the first penalty shot of his career and both Jaroslav Svoboda and Brenden Morrow tallied goals for the Stars, who have won two straight and seven of their last eight contests.

The game began a three-game homestand for the Stars, who own a 8-5-1 record in Dallas this year.

The Stars have won two in a row in the series versus Carolina after going winless in the previous four matchups. The Hurricanes are 0-5-1 in their last at Dallas.

12/02 10:11:00 ET


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