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Preview: Panthers vs. Hurricanes

First place in the Central Division up for grabs

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

The Carolina Hurricanes are set to challenge the Florida Panthers for first place in the Central Division.

The Match-Up

Florida Panthers (26-10-4, 56 points) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (26-9-3, 55 points)

Thursday, April 8, 7 p.m.

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About Tuesday Night

The Canes roared back from behind with four unanswered goals in the third period to best the Florida Panthers in a 5-2 final. Dougie Hamilton netted a power-play goal 45 seconds into the third period. Eight minutes later, Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal, and he sealed the victory with an empty-net tally late. The win pulled the Canes within a point of the Panthers for the top spot in the Central Division.

Video: Hurricanes hand Panthers first loss in seven games

"We have a lot of individuals who are very competitive and hate to lose," Staal said. "It might not always be pretty or perfect but we're going to find a way to compete as hard as we can and continue to try to find ways to win games."

Numbers to Know

12-2-2: Since 2016-17, the Canes hold a 12-2-2 record against the Panthers. Carolina is 4-0-1 against Florida this season.

5: Vincent Trocheck, who has recorded at least a point in each of the last 11 games he's played (6g, 9a), has scored a goal in each of the five games against his former team this season. Trocheck is the only player in franchise history to score in his first four or more games against his former team after being traded since the league began tracking trades in 1991-92.

20: After scoring his first power-play goal of the seaosn on Tuesday night, Dougie Hamilton now has 20 points (4g, 16a) in his last 19 games. Hamilton ranks first on the team in assists (26), tied for second on the team in points (31) and tied for first on the team in power-play points (15).

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