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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 championship.

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 victory.

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

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