NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, December 6th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (15-11-3) at Edmonton Oilers (14-10-2), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A Stanley Cup Finals rematch is on tap tonight when the
reigning-champion Carolina Hurricanes visit the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall
The teams last met in the spring, battling a fierce seven games. Carolina
ultimately took home the prize, winning 3-1 in Game 7 at the RBC Center in
The Hurricanes have been up-and-down so far during their quest for a repeat.
Tuesday marked one of the valleys, as they were blanked, 3-0, in Calgary to
begin a four-game road trip. Miikka Kiprusoff made 23 saves for his fourth
shutout of the season to lift the Flames.
John Grahame allowed two goals on 31 shots for the Hurricanes, who had a two-
game winning streak ended. Conn Smythe Trophy winner Cam Ward will likely
be back between the pipes tonight.
The Canes, who are seven points behind first-place Atlanta in the Southeast
Division race, will visit Vancouver on Friday.
Edmonton, meanwhile, ended a three-game skid on Monday, as Dwayne Roloson
stopped all 36 shots he faced to anchor a 4-0 win over Vancouver at GM Place.
Petr Sykora notched two assists, Raffi Torres picked up a goal and one assist,
while Shawn Horcoff, Daniel Tjarnqvist and Joffrey Lupul scored for Edmonton.
Roloson was unable to participate in most of last spring's Finals series, as
he suffered a serious knee injury in Game 1.
This Oilers team is somewhat different than the one that won the Western
Conference title. Defenseman Chris Pronger requested a trade shortly after the
season ended, and Michael Peca and Sergei Samsonov left town via free agency,
Edmonton will visit Dallas on Friday to begin a three-game road trip.
Carolina and Edmonton last met in the regular season on December 9, 2003 -- a
3-2 Canes win in Edmonton. The teams are 2-2-4 (4 ties) in their last eight
12/06 10:26:54 ET