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Wednesday, October 11th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (0-2-1) at Florida Panthers (1-1-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The reigning Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes will try once again for their first win of the season when they visit the Florida Panthers this evening at BankAtlantic Center.

Carolina needs a victory tonight to avoid becoming the first team in NHL history to follow up a Stanley Cup championship season with losses in its first four games of the following year.

The 1955-56 Detroit Red Wings are the only other defending champs to begin the next season with a three-game losing streak.

The Hurricanes kicked off the season with a shootout loss to Buffalo and have since been dealt regulation setbacks by New Jersey and Washington. Carolina last played on Saturday in D.C. and was handed a 5-2 setback, as Alexander Semin posted his first career hat trick for the Capitals.

Niclas Wallin and Andrew Ladd scored for the Hurricanes, whose season high for consecutive losses last season was three games. Carolina hasn't dropped four in a row since ending the 2002-03 campaign on a six-game skid.

Cam Ward made 30 saves for the Hurricanes.

The Panthers opened the season with a home win over Boston, but then dropped two in a row on the road. They were handed a shootout loss in Toronto on Monday. Mats Sundin and Darcy Tucker scored during the shootout to lift the Maple Leafs to a 2-1 victory.

Stephen Weiss scored for the Panthers, who begin a two-game homestand this evening. Gary Roberts and Todd Bertuzzi assisted on Weiss' goal.

The Hurricanes dominated the season series with Florida last year, winning six of the eight encounters. Carolina is 8-3-2 (two ties) in its last 13 meetings with the Panthers.

10/11 10:38:39 ET


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