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Preview: Panthers vs. Hurricanes

Hockey Fights Cancer Night at PNC Arena

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

After seeing their four-game winning streak snapped in a divisional match-up on Thursday, the Carolina Hurricanes look to get back in the win column when they host the Florida Panthers on Hockey Fights Cancer Night.

In their return to Raleigh following a three-game road trip, the Canes were bested by the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3, on Thursday night, just their fourth loss in 11 home games this season.

Svech Me If You Can

Andrei Svechnikov recorded his team-leading 24th point of the season on Thursday, the primary helper on Teuvo Teravainen's power-play goal in the first period. That assist stretched the Russian sophomore's point streak to six games, and he's now looking to become the first teenager in Carolina (since relocation) history to record a seven-game point streak. The franchise record for the longest point streak by a teenager belongs to Ron Francis, who tallied a point in 10 straight games in 1982.

Video: CAR@CHI: Svechnikov snipes goal into the top shelf

"He's getting better and better every night. That's what's amazing to watch. He's just getting so confident out there to make plays," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said earlier in the week. "He wants to be a superstar, I think, and he's heading in the right direction."

Big Six-Oh

Brind'Amour is already the fastest coach in franchise history to record 20, 30, 40 and 50 wins, and now he's a win shy of being the quickest to 60 (59-37-8). Brind'Amour earned his 50th win in the last meeting against the Panthers in early October; now he has the opportunity to reach the 60-win mark against the same team in his 105th game as bench boss.

PROJECTED LINEUP

"At the end of the day, I think coaches get way too much credit for when things are going well and they take the heat when things don't go well," Brind'Amour said on Thursday. "That's what you sign up for."

The Last Meeting

The Hurricanes rolled into South Florida and captured a 6-3 win over the Panthers to match a franchise best start to the regular season (4-0-0). The victory was fueled by a four-goal first period, Ryan Dzingel's first two goals as a Hurricane and James Reimer's busy night that featured 47 saves on 50 shots against his former team.

"We came out ready to play. That's the reason we won," Reimer said. "If we don't come out and play that hard in the first, it's a different game."

Video: Hurricanes tie franchise mark with 6-3 win

The Opposition

That loss to the Hurricanes was one of just five in regulation the Panthers have been dealt in the first quarter of the regular season. Florida sits in second place in the Atlantic Division with a 12-5-5 record and 29 points. The Panthers are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and 6-3-3 away from Sunrise. They've won three straight games, having erased a four-goal second period deficit against Anaheim on Thursday to win, 5-4, in overtime. Jonathan Huberdeau is tied for the team lead in goals (10) and paces the team in points (30).


AT THE RINK

It's the Hurricanes' annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night, and there's plenty going on to help raise awareness and funds for one of hockey's most important fights.

One of the highlights of the night are the special warm-up jerseys the Canes will wear that feature the names of over 400 individuals who have or are currently fighting cancer. Seven of these jerseys will be auctioned off at the game.

Fans are invited to fill out "I Fight For" cards, which they will be then asked to share in a special presentation in the second period. The Foundation will sell 250 limited edition Hockey Fights Cancer mystery pucks for $30 each at their kiosk outside of section 129.

And, don't miss it: the 50/50 Raffle has returned. The jackpot, nearly at $5,000 right now, will continue to build until a cash drawing is made on Nov. 29.


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