Red Wings-Hurricanes Preview
GAME: Detroit Red Wings (23-12-4-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (12-15-8-2).
TIME: Friday, 7 p.m. EST.
The best offensive team in the league takes on the worst as the Detroit Red
Wings travel to RBC Center to play the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Red Wings lead the NHL with 132 goals this season, while the Hurricanes
have scored just 67.
Detroit is coming in off a 6-5 win Wednesday over visiting Atlanta, the
league's second-highest scoring team.
Henrik Zetterberg scored twice and had an assist, while Ray Whitney, Brendan
Shanahan and Mathieu Schneider each added a goal and an assist for the Red
Wings, who improved to 8-2-1-1 in their last 12 games.
Shanahan's goal was the 549th of his career, moving him into 18th place on
the NHL list, one ahead of Michel Goulet.
Brett Hull, the team's second-leading scorer with 39 points, added two
assists on Wednesday. Hull has 24 goals in 34 career games against Carolina.
The Hurricanes have scored just 12 goals in their last nine games, and are
3-4-0-2 over that span.
Goals were at a premium again on Wednesday as Carolina played uninspired
hockey in a 3-1 loss to visiting Anaheim. The Hurricanes had just 18 shots on
"The point I'm trying to make with our team is we don't have the luxury of
taking a breath," said coach Peter Laviolette, who is 4-3 since taking over
for Paul Maurice.
"We've got to keep our foot on the gas and our focus on where we're going
because nobody is going to give us anything."
For the third time this season the Hurricanes were denied their first
three-game win streak.
"A three-game winning streak shouldn't be too much to ask for, but for some
reason we haven't gotten it done," said right wing Erik Cole, who has gone 21
games without a goal, and nine without a point.
The loss was the first for Carolina on its current seven-game homestand
following wins over Montreal and Buffalo.