The Carolina Hurricanes made short work of the Florida Panthers at home on Saturday, scoring three times in the first 10 minutes of a 6-2 victory. The triumph was the Hurricanes' first in six games against Southeast Division opponents. The Panthers will attempt to earn a split in the home-and-home set with their rival when they host Carolina on Sunday. Florida starting goaltender Jose Theodore suffered a lower-body injury on the first shot of Saturday's game and left early. Scott Clemmensen allowed six goals for the second time this season, leaving the Panthers with some very immediate concerns in the crease.The Hurricanes have been shut out in two of their last three road games, dropping their away record to 6-4-1 this season. After failing to record a point in January, Jiri Tlusty scored nine goals as part of a 15-point February. He added his 10th tally on Saturday. Tlusty has found a home on a line with captain Eric Staal and Alexander Semin. Jeff Skinner has a goal in two games since recovering from a concussion, giving the Hurricanes a formidable secondary scoring threat. TV: 6 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports FloridaABOUT THE HURRICANES (11-8-1): Cam Ward has won three of his last four starts and has only allowed more than three goals once in his last seven. Jussi Jokinen scored twice on Saturday for his first goals in seven games. Staal leads the team with 12 goals and 24 points, while Semin has 19 points and a team-high 15 assists. Carolina went 0-for-4 on the power play against Florida and is near the bottom of the league this season with a 13.9 percent conversion rate.ABOUT THE PANTHERS (6-10-5): Clemmensen has allowed 22 goals in nine games (five starts) this season. He allowed six goals in an overtime loss at home to Washington on Feb. 12. If Theodore's injury is serious, Florida will likely recall rookie netminder Jacob Markstrom, who allowed three goals in each of his two NHL starts this season (both losses). Tomas Fleischmann leads the team with 15 points, while defenseman Brian Campbell has 14.OVERTIME1. Despite their struggles within their division, the Hurricanes lead the Southeast by two points.2. Florida, which defeated Carolina 5-1 in its season opener, has allowed a league-worst 79 goals this season.3. Semin has 39 points in 42 career games against the Panthers.PREDICTION: Hurricanes 4, Panthers 2
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