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Tuesday, January 9th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (22-18-4) at Toronto Maple Leafs (19-18-6), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes aim for their first winning streak
in 2007 as they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at the Air Canada
The Hurricanes kicked off the new calendar year with consecutive losses, but
earned a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday. Erik Cole scored a
pair of second-period goals to redeem himself from an earlier penalty shot
miss and lead Carolina to the home victory.
Justin Williams had a goal and an assist while Cory Stillman and Ray Whitney
each finished with two helpers for the Hurricanes, who put the breaks on a
Eric Staal broke a nine-game scoring drought with a goal, while Cam Ward made
33 saves for Carolina.
The Hurricanes made a deal Monday to bolster their blueline, as they acquired
defenseman Dennis Seidenberg from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward
Kevyn Adams. The 25-year-old Seidenberg has one goal and one assist in 32
games with the Coyotes this season -- his fourth in the league.
Currently, defenseman Tim Gleason (broken foot) and Frantisek Kaberle
(shoulder) are out indefinitely, while Bret Hedican is expected to be out
until early February with a torn ligament in his finger. Also, defender Glen
Wesley is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, will try to bounce back from a loss after dropping
a close one to the rival Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Chris Drury and Ales
Kotalik each scored a goal and notched an assist as Buffalo edged Toronto,
4-3, at the Air Canada Centre.
Carlo Colaiacovo, Alexander Steen and Pavel Kubina rounded out the scoring for
the Maple Leafs, who have dropped six of nine overall. Netminder Andrew
Raycroft made 25 saves in defeat.
The Leafs beat Carolina on December 15 in the only meeting between the teams
this season. Toronto has won three of the last five tilts in the series and
the Hurricanes have lost five of their last seven at the ACC.
01/09 10:44:12 ET