NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 10th (All times Eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (13-13-5) at Edmonton Oilers (10-18-3), 9:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Hurricanes seek to shake off a setback from the opener of their road trip as they visit the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night at Rexall Place.
The Hurricanes opened up a four-game swing on Monday night in Vancouver and were blanked 2-0 by the Canucks and backup goaltender Eddie Lack, who made 31 saves in his first career shutout.
Carolina backup Justin Peters gave up one goal and finished with 24 saves for the Hurricanes, who had a season-high, three-game win streak snapped.
"I think as a team we deserved a better fate," said Peters. "We played the right way, we had some chances. Just give credit to their team and Lack was playing well."
Carolina was shut out for the second time this season and for the first time since a 3-0 setback at home to Tampa Bay on Nov. 1. The zero-goal effort came on the same day that 'Canes forward Jeff Skinner was named the NHL's First Star for last week.
Skinner was coming off a week-long span in which he led the league with five goals and added an assist.
No. 1 netminder Cam Ward should get the start tonight for the Hurricanes and is 3-3-0 with a 2.53 goals against average in six previous meetings.
The Oilers have been idle since a 2-1 overtime setback to the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Edmonton salvaged a point and prevented a shutout loss of its own when Taylor Hall scored with 10.3 seconds left in regulation.
"It was nice to score that goal late. It was a huge rush and a boost for the team to send it into overtime," said Hall, who was named the league's Second Star for last week on Monday after notching four goals and two assists.
Devan Dubnyk was solid with 25 saves before giving up the winning tally 3:14 into overtime.
Edmonton, which was coming off an 8-2 win over Colorado, fell to 1-1-1 on a five-game homestand.
The Oilers and 'Canes have split their last six meetings in Edmonton. Carolina picked up a 5-3 victory in the most recent encounter there on Dec. 7, 2011, its second straight win in the series.
Dubnyk is 0-1-0 with a 4.34 GAA in two previous meetings with the Hurricanes, including one start.
12/10 11:07:20 ET