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Preview: Hurricanes at Red Wings

Canes close back-to-back set in Detroit

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

DETROIT - A quick turnaround brings the Carolina Hurricanes to Detroit for their second match-up of the month against the Red Wings.

The Canes recorded a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers in Raleigh less than 24 hours ago to improve to 14-8-1 on the season.

Winning the Fight

Following a divisional loss to the Philadelphia Flyers two nights prior, the Hurricanes got back in the win column with a 4-2 victory over the Panthers on Hockey Fights Cancer Night.

The Canes erased a two-goal deficit in the first period and scored four unanswered goals en route to their second win in as many games versus Florida this season.

"That was about as good a game as you're going to get," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "That's one of the best teams in the league, and we didn't give them much."

Video: Hamilton, Svechnikov lead Hurricanes to 4-2 victory

Dougie Hamilton's 10th goal of the season - he's the first defenseman in the NHL to reach that mark this season - was the game-winner, and he added an assist in a first-star performance. Teuvo Teravainen notched three assists - he owns a team-leading 18 on the season - and owns 12 points (3g, 9a) in his last eight games.

"Even though we got down, we were playing fine," Brind'Amour said. "I just love the fact that we just didn't change one bit what we were doing. It doesn't always work out that way, but to get right back in it after we got down two, that was a big goal. 'OK. We're OK.' I thought everybody contributed tonight. It was solid."

Eddy, the Point Man

Joel Edmundson wasn't acquired by the Hurricanes to be a point producer from the blue line. But, here we are, and Edmundson is riding a career-long, six-game point streak (2g, 6a), doubling his previous career best.

PROJECTED LINEUP

"We're trying to get a lot of shots from the points," Hamilton said. "Good forwards making good passes to the D, and we're just trying to do our best."

Oh my God, We're Back Again

This marks the fifth of 16 back-to-back sets on the Hurricanes' schedule this season. The team is so far perfect in the front half (5-0-0) but has struggled in the second game (1-3-0).

The Last Meeting

The Canes flew past the Red Wings, 7-3, in the first meeting between these two teams on Nov. 1. Twelve different skaters contributed at least a point for the Canes, led by three-point nights from Sebastian Aho (2g, 1a), Dougie Hamilton (3a) and Jaccob Slavin (3a).

"It was pretty loosely played," Brind'Amour said. "It's also good that we can win games like that. It goes up and down, a little bit of a track meet, but we were able to put enough in the net, obviously."

Video: Hurricanes top Red Wings for third consecutive win

The Opposition

Detroit is 3-6-2 since that last meeting with the Canes. The Red Wings have gone winless in their last five games (0-3-2) and were also in action on Saturday night, dropping a 5-1 decision to the Devils in New Jersey. Detroit currently ranks last in the league with a 7-15-3 record.


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