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PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina Attendance: 13,226
'Canes go for third straight vs. Panthers
Florida Panthers at Carolina Hurricanes
- Florida lost, 7-3, to Tampa Bay on Wednesday, scoring two of its three goals on the power play. The Panthers have scored a power-play goal in 10 straight games, the longest streak in franchise history and second-longest streak in the NHL this season (Winnipeg, 11, October 14 to November 9).
- Carolina beat Toronto, 5-2, on Wednesday after recording a season-high 29 shots on goal in the first period and a season-low two in the second period. That 29 shots marks the club's most in a single period in the last 25 seasons.
- The Panthers have taken eight of 12 meetings since the start of 2014-15, with all four of the Hurricanes wins coming in the last six meetings. The Hurricanes have taken three straight at home vs. Florida.
- Mike Hoffman lit the lamp for the third straight game and his 17th consecutive game with a point, the longest streak in the NHL since Taylor Hall had a 19-game streak from January 30 to March 6 last season. He has 10 goals and 10 assists through 19 games, becoming the first Panther to tally 10 of each in fewer than 20 games in a season.
- Micheal Ferland has scored in back-to-back games and fourth time in five games and has 15 points on the season, becoming the fastest to reach 15 career points with the Hurricanes since Alexander Semin in February 2013 (19 games).
- The Hurricanes have outshot their opponents by an average of 13.90 shots per game, the largest differential in the NHL. The Panthers have outshot their opponents by 5.32, the fourth highest differential in the league.
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Something good could be brewing for the Carolina Hurricanes even though it took time for it to materialize during a lengthy stretch of home games.
"The bounces have started going our way a little bit," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said.
Carolina takes on the visiting Florida Panthers on Friday night at PNC Arena.
The Hurricanes are 3-1-1 with one game to go in a six-game homestand. The Hurricanes will go for their first three-game winning streak since the opening week-plus of the season.
The Panthers didn't enjoy quite the boost of momentum heading to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Florida gave up a season-high number of goals in Wednesday night's 7-3 loss at Tampa Bay. The Panthers are 2-3 with one game remaining on a six-game road swing.
"We have to find a way," Florida coach Bob Boughner said, shying away from excuses.
Panthers left winger Mike Hoffman stretched his points streak to 17 games, but that was merely a highlight without much juice from the team perspective.
"When we're not on top of our game ... you'll have outcomes like that," Hoffman said.
Meanwhile, by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Wednesday night, it was clearly a lift that might have an impact that extends beyond a single game for the Hurricanes.
"We wanted to make a statement that we could play with any team," said left winger Micheal Ferland, who leads Carolina with 11 goals.
The Hurricanes outshot the Maple Leafs 29-11 in the first period, marking the most single-period shots on goal by Carolina in team history (since relocation to North Carolina more than 20 years ago). The Hurricanes' 29 shots are also the most in a first period in the NHL since 1997-98.
That shot load eventually paid off.
"Everybody was on fire there," right winger Andrei Svechnikov said. "... That's why we won, because we shot everything on the net."
Carolina's special teams have been scrutinized so far this season. There are reasons for encouragement in that area with its first power-play goal in a three-game stretch in the latest outing. Plus, the penalty-killing was spotless for the second game in a row.
The Panthers liked some of their specials teams work in the Tampa Bay game. That might be something for them to build off.
"We made some adjustments and we were good after that," Boughner, a former Carolina player, said of one of the bright spots.
Justin Williams scored his 100th career Hurricanes goal Wednesday, giving him goals in consecutive games. He became the ninth player in NHL history to score at least 100 goals and win the Stanley Cup with multiple franchises. Williams has 100 goals in 368 games with Carolina and recorded 103 goals in 427 games for the Los Angeles Kings.
The other good news for the Hurricanes was having center Victor Rask in the lineup for the first time this season Wednesday night. He had been out since a preseason off-ice finger injury.
"He didn't play much, but the shifts he had were productive," Brind'Amour said. "I think we'll still probably ease him in a little bit. He's probably right where he needs to be. There's no real rush."
Updated November 22, 2018