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.
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 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.