GAME: Carolina Hurricanes (7-11-8-1) at Edmonton Oilers (11-12-3-0).
TIME: Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST.
The Carolina Hurricanes look to snap a three-game winless streak and notch
just their third road victory of the season when they continue a four-game trip
against the Edmonton Oilers.
Carolina lost 2-1 in overtime at home to the Nashville Predators last
Wednesday, and tied the Montreal Canadiens 1-1 at the RBC Center on Friday.
The Hurricanes began their road trip with a 3-1 loss to the Canadiens on
Saturday, falling to 2-8-3 on the road this season.
Following Saturday's defeat, Carolina held a players-only meeting.
"We needed to talk about things that we had to talk about as a team,"
Hurricanes defenseman Bret Hedican said. "It's got nothing to do with anybody
else but the 22 guys in this dressing room."
The Hurricanes lost in Edmonton last season, but are 4-2-2 there since the
1993-94 season. Prior to that, Carolina was 2-17-3 all-time in Edmonton.
The Oilers got back on the winning track in their last contest, beating the
Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak and
six-game winless skid.
Edmonton trailed 3-2 after two periods, but Cory Cross tied it 25 seconds
into the third before Shawn Horcoff gave the Oilers the lead at 2:56 with his
first goal in 10 games.
"It's a big relief," Oilers forward Ryan Smyth said. "When you're
struggling, it's frustrating. You're squeezing your stick, losing a bit of
confidence. But tonight we decided the game was in our hands."
Edmonton's top goalie Tommy Salo, who has missed the last 13 games with a
hip injury, should be ready to start Tuesday. Backup Ty Conklin went 6-6-1
during Salo's absence.
Salo is 4-7-2 with a 2.52 goals-against average in his career against the
Hurricanes, who continue their trip at Calgary on Thursday before ending it
Sunday in Vancouver.