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Tuesday, December 26th (All times eastern)

Florida Panthers (13-18-7) at Carolina Hurricanes (19-14-4), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes will shoot for their fifth consecutive victory tonight when they welcome the Florida Panthers to RBC Center for the back end of a home-and-home series.

The Hurricanes, winners of last year's Stanley Cup, are in the midst of their longest winning streak of the season. With a victory tonight, they will have their first five-game streak since February 12-March 6 of last year.

Carolina is coming off Saturday's close decision in Florida. Erik Cole scored a power-play goal 1:59 into overtime as the Hurricanes came back to beat the Panthers, 3-2, at BankAtlantic Center.

Ray Whitney contributed a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes. Rod Brind'Amour also tallied for Carolina.

Goaltender John Grahame stopped 34-of-36 shots, including all 12 he faced in the third period.

Olli Jokinen had a goal and an assist for the Panthers, who had their three- game winning streak snapped. Ed Belfour made 14 saves on 17 Carolina shots.

The Hurricanes and Panthers have split a pair of meetings this season after Carolina won six of eight encounters during the 2005-06 campaign.

12/26 10:53:12 ET


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