NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 10th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (9-4-3) at Atlanta Thrashers (7-9-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - That Atlanta Thrashers will try to extend their season-high
three-game winning streak tonight when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to
Since starting out the season 0-6-0, which resulted in the firing of coach Bob
Hartley, the Thrashers have posted a 7-3-0 mark under general manager and
interim coach Don Waddell, and have climbed out of the Southeast Division
Atlanta's winning streak reached three games on Friday after a 4-1 victory
over Florida. Ondrej Pavelec made 36 saves in the win.
Despite leaving Atlanta's previous game early due to back spasms, Ilya
Kovalchuk returned to the lineup and scored his eighth goal in the last four
games while also adding an assist.
Kovalchuk has 10 points (8 goals, 2 assists) in the last four games and leads
the league with 14 goals, one ahead of Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg. Also, the
goal was his 400th career point.
Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist, and Slava Kozlov scored to extend his
points streak to six games (4g, 4a).
Atlanta, which is tied for third in the standings, is only 2-3-0 at home and
will also host Florida on Tuesday.
But first, the Thrashers have to battle the Southeast's top squad. The
Hurricanes are on top with a 9-4-3 record and 21 points, six points ahead of
second-place Tampa Bay.
Carolina won back-to-back games before suffering a 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay on
Thursday. The Hurricanes failed to solve Johan Holmqvist, who made 40 saves
for the Lightning.
Cam Ward, meanwhile, yielded five goals on 31 shots.
Ray Whitney scored the lone goal for Carolina to extend his points streak to
eight games. He has seven goals and six assists during his burst. Matt Cullen
had an assist to give him a helper in eight straight games -- 11 total --
which ties the longest such run in club history.
The Hurricanes enter tonight's game with a 4-2-2 record on the road and play
the first of three straight as the visitor. The club also has stops in Florida
and Tampa Bay coming up.
The Thrashers and Hurricanes are meeting for the first time this year and have
split their eight-game series each of the last two seasons. Carolina has won
three of its last four trips to Atlanta.
11/10 10:29:20 ET