Final SO

Series (Game 1 of 2)

Nashville leads 2-0

Game 1: Saturday, November 20th
Game 2: Saturday, December 4th

Predators 2

(9-6-3, 21 pts)

Hurricanes 1

(9-9-2, 20 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 20, 2010

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 SO T
NSH 0 1 0 12
CAR 1 0 0 01

C. Ward (Hurricanes - G): Saves: 26, Save Pct.: .963

P. Rinne (Predators - G): Saves: 21, Save Pct.: .955

J. Skinner (Hurricanes - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Predators-Hurricanes Preview


The struggling Nashville Predators have one of the league's worst power plays, especially on the road. That should be good news for a Carolina Hurricanes' penalty-kill unit that has struggled in recent games.

The Hurricanes will look to end a three-game skid against the Predators when these teams meet for the only time in 2010-11 Saturday night at the RBC Center.

Nashville (8-6-3) has the worst power play in the NHL since Oct. 15, scoring a league-low three times in 50 chances. The Predators are 2 for 32 on the road, including 16 straight opportunities without a goal.

Carolina (9-9-1) has allowed seven goals in its opponents' last 17 power plays. Those woes continued Friday as Pittsburgh scored on 1 of 2 chances in a 5-4 shootout victory over the visiting Hurricanes.

The club took solace in rallying from three one-goal deficits. Jussi Jokinen scored with 52 seconds left in regulation to help Carolina earn a point.

"We battled back three times after being down, and that showed lots of character for our team," Jokinen said.

Jokinen and Eric Staal each has eight points over three-game streaks. Jokinen had two goals and two assists Friday while Staal added an assist after getting five points Wednesday during a 7-1 victory over Ottawa.

The Hurricanes lost for the first time in the eight games that they've scored first in a back-and-forth game in which the teams combined for 70 shots.

"There were some strange plays, some crazy plays, lots of energy and lots of excitement -- and some strange calls," coach Paul Maurice said.

Defenseman Ian White had one assist in his Carolina debut after being acquired Wednesday in a trade with Calgary.

Justin Peters, who started and made 32 saves Friday, has never faced Nashville. Cam Ward is 0-3-0 with a 3.37 goals-against average in his career against the Predators, who have outscored Carolina 10-4 in those games.

The Predators have split the first two contests of this four-game trip after winning 3-0 at Montreal on Thursday. Pekka Rinne made 30 saves for his second shutout of the season, and Marcel Goc scored twice.

"It was big for us," Goc said. "We wanted to show ourselves that we are able to play against teams like that and we don't just try to adapt to their game, we want to make them adapt to our game as well and I think we were able to do that for a little bit today."

Center David Legwand did not return after leaving in the first period with a lower-body injury after being checked into the boards. Legwand is day to day.

"It's nothing major," coach Barry Trotz said. "We'll just take it day to day but he shouldn't miss too much time, if he does."

Defenseman Shea Weber has two goals and three assists during the three-game win streak over Carolina while J.P. Dumont has two of each in those games.