NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
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
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
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
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