PANTHERS (17-12-5) at HURRICANES (22-11-2)
7 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-CR, NHL.TV
Noel Acciari will try to become the first player in NHL history with a hat trick in three straight games when the Florida Panthers visit the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Saturday.
Acciari had three goals in a 7-4 win against the Dallas Stars on Friday and three goals in a 6-1 win against the Ottawa Senators on Monday. It was the 76th time in NHL history that a player had hat tricks in back-to-back games.
Forward Erik Haula will return to the lineup for the Hurricanes after missing the past 15 games and 18 of the past 20 because of a knee injury.
Carolina is 6-0-1 in its past seven games and finished a five-game road trip (4-0-1) with a 3-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche.
Players to watch
Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau has scored four points in consecutive games (one goal, seven assists) and has 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in his past eight games.
Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in his past six games.
They said it
"It's crazy, I've never seen that. It's cool for Noel. I think our line is clicking right now. We're keeping things simple, we're talking to each other. We're forechecking well too. It's a tough game (Saturday) against Carolina. We've just got to get ready." -- Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau on Noel Acciari scoring back-to-back hat tricks
"It's the opponent, number one. (Florida is) a good team; they've kind of cranked it up. We pushed pretty hard on the road and then you get to come home. I know yesterday everyone took a breath, and now you're right back at it. That's going to be the trick here is to make sure we don't take any setbacks." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour
Panthers projected lineup
Frank Vatrano -- Aleksander Barkov -- Brett Connolly
Jonathan Huberdeau -- Vincent Trocheck -- Noel Acciari
Mike Hoffman -- Brian Boyle -- Evgenii Dadonov
Colton Sceviour -- Dominic Toninato -- Mark Pysyk
Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad
MacKenzie Weegar -- Anton Stralman
Mike Matheson -- Josh Brown
Scratched: Denis Malgin
Injured: Jayce Hawryluk (upper body)
Hurricanes projected lineup
Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele
Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas
Brock McGinn -- Lucas Wallmark -- Jordan Martinook
Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton
Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce
Jake Gardiner -- Trevor van Riemsdyk
Scratched: Haydn Fleury
The Panthers did not hold a morning skate. ... Brind'Amour said the morning line rushes may not carry over to the game lineup. The Hurricanes assigned forward Brian Gibbons to Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Friday.
Yandle has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his past nine games. … Martinook and Teravainen each have four assists in the past three games. ... Carolina defeated Florida 6-3 on Oct. 8 and 4-2 on Nov. 23. ... The Hurricanes have a 9-1-1 record in their past 11 games in the series, including five straight wins.