NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, October 7th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (0-1-1) at Washington Capitals (0-1-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes aim
for their first victory of the season when they visit the Washington Capitals
tonight at the Verizon Center.
The Hurricanes opened the season Wednesday at home with a shootout loss to
Buffalo. Then on Friday evening the visiting New Jersey Devils blanked
Carolina, 4-0, as Martin Brodeur stopped all 29 shots he faced to record his
81st career shutout.
Carolina knocked New Jersey out of the playoffs last season, winning the
Eastern Conference semifinal series 4-1, on its way to the Stanley Cup
Cam Ward made 26 saves for the Hurricanes.
Meanwhile, the Capitals hope to rebound from a season-opening loss.
The Capitals began their 2006-07 slate Thursday evening at Madison Square
Garden and were handed a 5-2 setback by the New York Rangers. Brendan Shanahan
scored twice to collect his 600th career goal and help lead the Rangers to
Alexander Semin and Rico Fata each tallied goals and Olaf Kolzig stopped 31-
of-35 shots for the Capitals, who went 0-for-8 on the power play.
Washington had won its four previous season openers.
Carolina won three of eight meetings with the Capitals last season.
Tonight marks the first time since the 1983-84 campaign that the Capitals will
face the defending Stanley Cup champions in their home opener. On that night
Washington lost, 8-7, to the New York Islanders.
10/07 10:40:39 ET