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Saturday, February 24th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (31-25-7) at Atlanta Thrashers (31-22-10), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Another key Southeast Division battle is on tap for tonight, as the Atlanta Thrashers welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to Philips Arena.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are atop the Southeast with 73 points after earning an overtime win in Atlanta on Thursday. The Thrashers are second with 72 points and Carolina is third with 69.

The Thrashers were handed the 5-4 setback by the Lightning after Martin St. Louis scored the game-winner with 1:16 left in overtime. In the extra frame, Brad Richards left a drop pass for St. Louis, who rifled a one-timer from the top of the left circle that beat Johan Hedberg to win the game.

Marian Hossa, Eric Belanger and Steve McCarthy each had a goal and an assist for the Thrashers, who have dropped five of their last six games. Johan Hedberg made 24 saves in the defeat.

Atlanta is 14-9-6 as the home team this year and will wrap up a brief two-game stand tonight.

As for the Hurricanes, they are coming off Thursday's win over visiting Philadelphia. Glen Wesley ended his 82-game scoring drought in style, as he tallied shorthanded 16 seconds into overtime to give Carolina a 3-2 triumph over the lowly Flyers.

Rod Brind'Amour and Andrew Ladd each scored, while netminder John Grahame finished with 33 saves for the Hurricanes, who have split their last six games.

Carolina, the defending Stanley Cup champions, is currently holding onto the eighth and final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference. The 'Canes are just one point ahead of the New York Islanders in the standings.

With the NHL trade deadline just days away, the Hurricanes picked up some help for the playoff push by acquiring right wing Anson Carter from Columbus in exchange for a 2008 fifth-round draft pick. The 32-year-old Carter had tallied 10 goals and 17 assists in 54 games with the Blue Jackets this season and is expected to debut with Carolina tonight.

The Hurricanes are 15-13-3 as the away team this year. They will return home on Tuesday to open a home-and-home series with Ottawa.

Carolina holds a 3-2 edge in the season series with Atlanta, but the Thrashers have taken the last two encounters.

02/24 10:41:07 ET


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