October11, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) stops the Carolina Hurricanes left wing Nathan Gerbe (14) on a shootout attempt at PNC Center. The Kings defeated the Hurricanes 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Game #60: Carolina Hurricanes At Los Angeles Kings

The Carolina Hurricanes (26-24-9) continue their Western Conference road trip amid a three-game losing streak as they take on the Los Angeles Kings (33-22-6) this afternoon at 4 p.m. The game will be televised on Sports South and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

The Hurricanes and Kings met in the Canes’ fifth game of the season on Oct. 11. The Kings won in overtime, 2-1.

Hurricanes’ Lineup
Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer
Nathan Gerbe- Manny Malhotra – Tuomo Ruutu
Drayson Bowman – Riley Nash – Elias Lindholm
 
Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey
Jay Harrison – Brett Bellemore
 
Cam Ward/Anton Khuboin
Possible Scratches: Radek Dvorak and Mike Komisarek (Healthy). Justin Peters (Conditioning Stint).
 
Kings’ Lineup
Tyler Toffoli – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Jordan Nolan – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Dwight King – Jarret Stoll – Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford – Linden Vey – Trevor Lewis
 
Drew Doughty – Jake Muzzin
Slava Voynov – Robyn Regehr
Alec Martinez – Willie Mitchell
 
Jonathan Quick/Martin Jones
Possible Scratches: Matt Greene, Matt Frattin (Healthy).

Hurricanes’ Outlook: Things have not been going well for the Canes lately and if they continue to lose, they’ll likely become sellers at the trade deadline as the team will be too far out of a playoff spot.

Although the team plays two more games before the March 5 trade deadline, this could be the deciding factor on the trades GM Jim Rutherford make on Wednesday.

Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera had rough games against the Dallas Stars on Thursday and the Canes need the top pairing to play better.

Anton Khudobin let up four goals, although not all were his fault against the Stars. Coach Kirk Muller has usually gone back-and-forth with the netminders during a losing streak and will likely go back to Cam Ward for today’s game.

Kings’ Outlook: In two games since the Olympic break, the Kings have two wins, one over the Colorado Avalanche, the other over the Calgary Flames.

The Kings have plenty of depth at every position with three lines that score, one of the best defensemen in the game in Drew Doughty and one of the best goalies in Jonathan Quick.

The team’s depth has mirrored its success as Los Angeles sits in third place in the Pacific Division and has a seven-point lead on the fourth-place Phoenix Coyotes.

Anze Kopitar leads the team with 50 points in 61 games. However, eight players have over 20 points.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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