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Hurricanes look to stay hot against division-rival Panthers

Carolina (21-15-5) at Florida (18-16-6) 7:30 p.m. EST

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- The Carolina Hurricanes will spend

most of the rest of the month on the road. On Tuesday, they get

things started against one of their key division rivals.

Riding a four-game winning streak, the Hurricanes open up a

stretch featuring seven of eight games on the road as they head

south to take on the Florida Panthers.

Things will only get tougher, as they proceed to go into enemy

territory against some of the top Eastern Conference foes -

including Boston, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers.

For now, the 'Canes can focus on the Panthers, their Southeast

Division foe that they've defeated two of three times this

season. Overall, they haven't lost since December 27, rattling

off four straight wins - including three in a row by one-goal

margins. On Monday, they jumped to a 3-0 lead before

surrendering a pair of late third-period goals, ultimately

surviving, 3-2.

Cam Ward made 26 stops in the victory.

The Panthers, who lost their last three games of 2008, have

gotten off to a better start in 2009. They have won two of

their last three, with their only loss coming in a 6-5 shootout

against Montreal on January 4. Two nights later, Stephen Weiss,

Ville Peltonen and Gregory Campbell registered a goal and an

assist apiece to lead the way in a 4-2 triumph over Toronto.


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