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Panthers aim to close road trip with win

Florida (14-13-3) at Carolina (14-12-5) 7:00 p.m. EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Florida hit a slight bump in

the road its last time out. It still may not have been enough

to stop the Panthers' surge.

The Panthers look to bounce back from a loss when they wrap up

their five-game road trip against the Carolina Hurricanes on

Thursday.

Florida has won six of its last eight games, including three

straight to open its swing before dropping a 5-3 decision to the

Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

Rookie Michael Frolik and defensemen Nick Boynton and Jay

Bouwmeester each netted a goal for the Panthers, who tallied

twice in the opening 6:50 of the contest before the Canucks

scored four unanswered goals in the second period.

Frolik has two goals and seven assists in his last nine games

for Florida, which had a five-game road win streak come to end

against Vancouver, surrendering as many goals as it had in its

previous three games combined.

The Hurricanes rebounded from a pair of shootout losses during

its last game, claiming a 3-2 victory over the Montreal

Canadiens.

Eric Staal had two power-play goals for Carolina, which scored

all three of its goals with a man-advantage and had a

season-high 11 power plays.

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