NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
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
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