Shake off that Thanksgiving food coma - it's time for hockey.
The Carolina Hurricanes host the Nashville Predators in a cross-conference match-up on Black Friday, the front half of a back-to-back set that then takes the team to Tampa to conclude their November schedule.
Head coach Rod Brind'Amour and the Hurricanes were not pleased with their effort in New York on Wednesday. There were no moral victories for fighting back and nearly climbing out of a three-goal hole.
There was simply disappointment and frustration for not playing a complete game.
"We just didn't show up on time. We've been preaching all year that we've got to play 60 minutes," said Warren Foegele, who brought the Canes within a goal of the Rangers in the second period. "It's hard to play catch-up hockey down three. If we just come out ready to play, we're not in that position."
"That's the game. It's a 60-minute game. You have to play for 60 minutes. We weren't ready at the start," Brind'Amour said. "We were a little sluggish. Bing, bing, bing, and now you have to dig yourself out of a hole. We weren't able to do that."
Expect a better, feistier start against the Predators.
Andrei Svechnikov, who leads the Canes in scoring with 28 points (11g, 17a) in 25 games, enters Friday's game riding a nine-game point streak (5g, 8a), becoming the first teenager to do so in team (since relocation) history. The longest point streak by a teenager in franchise history belongs to Ron Francis, who notched points in 10 straight games (7g, 9a) in 1982.
Svechnikov finds himself among three Canes skaters who have recorded at least 25 points through 25 games; Dougie Hamilton (26 points) and Teuvo Teravainen (26) are the two others, marking the fifth time in franchise history that the team has had three or players replicate this feat.
Following a six-game winless skid (0-5-1), a stretch that included a 9-4 loss in Colorado and a 7-2 loss to the Blackhawks at home, the Predators have earned points in three straight games (2-0-1). Filip Forsberg and Nick Bonino are tied for the team lead in goals (10), while Roman Josi paces the team in both assists (17) and points (24).
The Hurricanes have won six straight games against the Predators and own a 10-2-1 record in the last 13 games between the two teams.
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