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Skinner's slapshot puts Canes on top 2-1

Posted January 5

Anton Khudobin (31) makes a save during the Flyers vs. Hurricanes game on October 6, 2013 in Raleigh, NC.

FINAL: Canes 2-Predators 1: Carolina won its fourth straight game Sunday night on a Jeff Skinner slapshot that put away the visiting Nashville Predators.

3:00 3rd: Canes 2-Predators 1: Jeff Skinner's slapshot put the home team back on top though they still trail in opportunities. Anton Khudobin has stopped 20 Nashville shots.

6:46 3rd, Canes 1-Predators 1: Nashville took advantage of the man advantage when Patric Hornqvist tapped in a power-play goal to tie the game.

2nd intermission, Canes 1-Predators 0: The Hurricanes and Predators traded shots and saves through the second period, and Nashville had the slight edge, with 23 shots through two periods, but nothing to show for them. 

1st intermission, Canes 1-Predators 0: Within minutes of the puck drop, Alexander Semin had the home team on the board with help from Jeff Skinner and Tuomo Ruutu.

In goal, Anton Khudobin got the call and proved up to it, deflecting 10 shots in the first period.

Muller makes lineup changes

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller said Sunday that captain Eric Staal would miss at least one game and possibly as many as three or four. Staal left the game Saturday with a lower-body injury and could be out for five or six days. The Canes play on the road Tuesday (at Buffalo), host Toronto on Thursday and head to Columbus Friday night. 

Expect Jeff Skinner and Tuomo Ruutu to see some time at center.

New call up Aaron Palushaj, elevated from the Charlotte Checkers Sunday afternoon, has some experience with Muller. He played in Montreal when Muller was an assistant there.

Pregame: The Carolina Hurricanes will aim for their first four- game winning streak since last season when they welcome the Nashville Predators for Sunday's battle at PNC Arena (7 p.m. FSN-TN, FSN-CAR / 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio).

Carolina has matched a season-high with three consecutive wins and another victory tonight would give the club its first four-game winning streak since Feb. 28-March 5 of last season.

After winning two straight in overtime, the Hurricanes notched a 3-2 road regulation win Saturday against the New York Islanders. Brett Sutter scored the game winner in the second period as the Hurricanes held off the Islanders for at Nassau Coliseum.

The win did come at a cost, however, as captain Eric Staal left the game due to a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return. The star centerman, who leads the Hurricanes with 35 points in 42 games this season, expects to be a game-time decision on Sunday.

"He will get assessed tonight and hopefully we will know his status tomorrow," said Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller.

Staal's younger brother, Jordan, added a goal in Saturday's win, as did Manny Malhotra, while Patrick Dwyer had a pair of assists for the Hurricanes. Anton Khudobin made 38 saves in the win.

With No. 1 goaltender Cam Ward still out with a lower-body issue, Justin Peters could get the start in net on Sunday. Otherwise, Khudobin will get the call on consecutive days.

After notching their last two wins on the road, the Hurricanes will try to keep heading in the right direction in today's home tilt. Carolina is 8-8-5 as the host this season.

While Carolina aims for its longest win streak of the season, the Predators hope to avoid a third straight loss on Sunday. Nashville is 0-0-2 so far in 2014, losing in overtime at Boston on Thursday before dropping a shootout decision Saturday at Florida.

Although the Predators lost for the seventh time in nine game on Saturday, the club did well to earn a point in the 5-4 setback against the Panthers. Nashville trailed 4-2 midway through the third period, but were able to rally to force overtime.

Seth Jones cut the deficit to 4-3 with 5:08 left in regulation and Paul Gaustad tied it with 47.1 seconds left after putting home a rebound of a Shea Weber shot from the point. However, Tomas Kopecky scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give the extra point to the Panthers.

Craig Smith and Mike Fisher also scored in regulation for the Predators, while Marek Mazanec made 25 saves in the loss.

"Obviously it was good for us to come back," said Weber. "But we're digging ourselves holes and making mistakes we shouldn't be."

Nashville suffered its fourth straight road loss and will try to halt that streak when it closes a three-game swing tonight in Raleigh. The Preds are 8-10-3 as the visiting team this season.

Although Nashville has claimed seven of the last 10 meetings in the series against the Hurricanes, Carolina did notch a 5-2 road win over the Predators on Dec. 5. Jeff Skinner recorded a hat trick for the 'Canes in that lopsided win.

Carolina has won its last two tilts against Nashville following a six-game slide in the matchup.

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  • viking416 Jan 5, 8:35 p.m.

    streaking Canes....where to the bottom of the standings?

    — Posted by I am not who you think I am

    Yeah...you seem informed...check the standings Einstein...or do you even know how to do that? I'm all over this team if they are playing bad...you it seems are all about your uninformed remarks...sad really

  • jscott13 Jan 5, 5:22 p.m.

    Streaking is not the word I would use to describe this team at this point in time. It's more like hanging on by a fingernail.

  • jdpridg Jan 5, 2:59 p.m.

    What's the point of the second paragraph. It gives me the exact same info as the first. The third almost does the same thing. So what you're telling me is...?

  • common tater Jan 5, 1:16 p.m.

    Hope both teams can continue their current streak!

  • I am not who you think I am Jan 5, 1:16 p.m.

    streaking Canes....where to the bottom of the standings?

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Scoreboard
Local
4th
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
1st
TOR 26
NYK 15
 
4:30pm Today
CLE
MEM
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
6:00pm Tonight
BRK
DET
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
7:00pm Tonight
OKC
NOP
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
2nd
RAD 71
CORN 61
 
2nd
UNT 58
CREI 55
 
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
 
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
 
2nd
NEOM 75
TXPA 70
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
2nd
UNCA 60
WCU 62
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
2nd
HART 70
FIU 60
 
2nd
VALPO 60
GOSHEN 41
 
Half
LIP 32
PEAY 24
 
2nd
DEN 12
BRY 22
 
Half
MONT 37
SD 33
 
Half
MTST 36
TENST 23
 
1st
SAMF 13
LAMON 15
 
1st
SCAR 19
COKR 13
 
4:00pm Today
HAMP
NARZ
 
4:00pm Today
SDU
SDCHR
 
4:00pm Today
BC
USC
4:30pm Today
NICST
TROY
 
4:30pm Today
BRAD
UCI
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
6:00pm Tonight
EDM
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
4th
NOS 14
ATL 23
 
4th
HOU 22
BAL 7
 
4th
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
4th
CHI 14
DET 20
 
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
 
4th
PIT 20
KAN 12
 
4th
MIA 28
MIN 28
 
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
 
4:05pm Today
STL
NYG
4:25pm Today
OAK
BUF
4:25pm Today
DAL
IND
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA