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Jeff Skinner

Hurricanes fall to Predators in season opener, 2-1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Carolina Hurricanes absorbed some early punches Thursday in their season opener and never fully recovered.tmpplchld The Nashville Predators emerged with a 2-1 victory at Bridgestone Arena, getting a quick power-play goal to take the lead, then relying on the unshakable goaltending of Pekka Rinne.tmpplchld The Preds, beginning Peter Laviolette's second year as coach, led 2-0 after the first period as Craig Smith had the power-play score and rookie Viktor Arvidsson scored late in the period.tmpplchld The Hurricanes lost defenseman James Wisniewski to a leg injury a little more than three minutes into the game _ an unsettling turn of events. Wisniewski was obtained...