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.”
“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.”
“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.
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.”