Florida (5-6-0) at Carolina (6-7-0)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EDT Sat Nov 6, 2010
  • TV: FSFL
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The Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers split six meetings last season, with the home team winning each one.

The Hurricanes hope that trend will continue Saturday night when they try to bounce back from a loss to the Panthers as these Southeast Division rivals complete a home-and-home set.

The last seven matchups between these teams have been won by the home team, with six decided by three goals or more. That pattern of blowouts continued Friday when Florida (5-6-0) won 7-4 behind Stephen Weiss’(notes) two goals and an assist.

The Panthers took advantage of their 50 shots two nights after losing to Atlanta 4-3 despite a franchise-record 55 shots. The 105 shots are the highest two-game total in team history.

“I can’t explain it,” coach Pete DeBoer said. “Guys are working hard offensively. They’re working hard on the forecheck, being a tenacious team to play against and we’re getting rewarded for that and we have to keep that up.”

Defenseman Bryan Allen(notes) had a career-high three assists while Chris Higgins snapped a second-period tie with his third goal of the game. A wild first period ended with the game tied at 3.

“It wasn’t a particularly well-played hockey game from either team’s point of view,” Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. “But they were better than we were.”

Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun(notes) was pulled 10:49 into the first period after giving up two goals. Scott Clemmensen(notes) replaced him and made 23 saves.

“Funny game, you know,” Clemmensen said. “A lot of funny bounces, scoring chances both ways. It’s not much fun being a goalie in those type of games.”

DeBoer did not indicate who will start Saturday. Vokoun is 1-6-2 with a 3.52 goals-against average in his last 10 starts at Carolina (6-7-0) while Clemmensen is 0-2-0 with a 3.13 GAA in two starts in Raleigh.

Cam Ward(notes) made 43 saves for the Hurricanes. He’s expected to get the start again, and is 6-2-0 with a 2.97 GAA in 10 home starts against the Panthers.

Carolina outscored Florida 14-5 in three home games last season, although top scorer Eric Staal(notes) only had one assist in those matchups.

Staal was held without a point Friday for the third time in four games. Jussi Jokinen(notes) and Jay Harrison(notes) each had two assists for the Hurricanes.

Carolina went 0 for 7 on the power play, including a failed 5-on-3 late in the third period trailing 5-4.

“We were fortunate to have a chance to take control of the game with a 5-on-3 late in the third and our power play let us down there,” left wing Eric Cole said. “That’s the way it goes, you can’t take nights off in this league and expect to be successful.”

Panthers forward Cory Stillman(notes) left the game in the first period because of an upper-body injury and did not return. His status is uncertain.

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