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Cats host slumping Hurricanes in Thanksgiving Eve throwdown from Sunrise.

Jonathan Huberdeau: 7P (3G) & 20 shots in six career games vs Carolina.
Jonathan Huberdeau: 7P (3G) & 20 shots in six career games vs Carolina.
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  • WHO: Carolina Hurricanes (6-11-3/15P) at Florida Panthers (7-6-6/20P)
  • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. ET (LBC GameThread at 7ish)
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL (purchase single game tickets)
  • HOW TO WATCH: Fox Sports Florida (FLA); Fox Sports Carolina (CAR)
  • HOW TO LISTEN: WQAM 560 (FLA); WCMC 100.3 (CAR)
  • ENEMY INTEL: Canes Country
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 1 of 3 (0-0)
  • ALL-TIME VS CAR/HFD: 41W-43L-11T 9OTL 2 SOL 293GF 295GA
  • PLAYER STATS: PanthersHurricanes

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Florida's last game: 4-1 home loss to Minnesota Tuesday. Shawn Thornton scored his first goal of the season. That's about the size of it.

Who was hot for the Cats: Thorny achieved the feat in just 7:25 TOI. Dmitry Kulikov picked up the lone assist, making him the only Panthers player to finish with a plus-minus rating better than zero (+1). The blue line trio of Aaron Ekblad, Erik Gudbranson & Kuli each recorded 3 shots on goal.

Carolina's last game: 4-3 regulation loss to the Avs in Denver Saturday. The Hurricanes carried a 3-1 lead into the second period, thereby awakening Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Gabe Landeskog (3 & 2 assists, respectively). Blew the eventual tie with 1:35 remaining in the final frame on Zach Redmond's second goal of the game. Carolina is 1-5 in their last six contests.

Who was hot for the Canes: John-Michael Liles, Nathan Gerbe and Andrej Nestrasil paced the CAR offense in the first, with Jeff Skinner chipping in 2 assists.

NHL Preview:

Wednesday in the Atlantic Division

Matchup Record / Points Atlantic Rank Start (ET)
Winnipeg 11-9-3 / 25P Central 7:00
Buffalo 6-13-2 / 14P 8th
Philadelphia 8-9-3 / 19P Metro 7:30
Detroit 11-5-5 / 27P T-3rd
NY Rangers 9-7-4 / 22P Metro 7:30
Tampa Bay 14-6-2 / 30P 2nd
Toronto 11-8-2 / 24P T-6th 7:30
Pittsburgh 14-4-2 / 30P Metro

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