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Canes end five-game road trip in Colorado

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

DENVER - All roads lead to Denver for the Carolina Hurricanes, who wrap up an 11-day, five-game road trip against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Canes doubled up the Winnipeg Jets, 6-3, on Tuesday to improve to 3-0-1 on this trip.

Taking the Road by Storm

The Hurricanes come to Denver with seven of a possible eight points already in their pockets and a chance to turn this pre-holiday roadie into a nine-point trip.

"Good trip. We've played some good hockey on this trip," Sebastian Aho said. "So far, so good."

PROJECTED LINEUP

The Canes have recorded eight points on a five-game road trip three times prior in franchise history; nine points in five games would be a first.

In total, the Canes are 11-6-2 on the road this season. Additionally, the team is tied for the third-most road wins in the NHL since the start of the 2018-19 campaign.

"You can tell when we get tenacious, get on the forecheck and play in their end, we're a tough team to beat," Jordan Staal said.

Going Fishing

Sebastian Aho tallied his third multi-goal performance in his last five games on Tuesday in Winnipeg, netting his 19th and 20th goals of the season in the second period. He's the first player in team (since relocation) history to reach the 20-goal mark in each of his first four NHL seasons and the fourth player in franchise history to do so.

Of his 20 goals, Aho has scored 17 in his last 22 games dating back to Nov. 1. Only Jack Eichel has scored as many in that same stretch.

Svech Does It Again

By now, you've seen it.

For the second time in seven weeks, Andrei Svechnikov scored a lacrosse-style goal, something that had never been done in the NHL before he did it in late October.

Video: CAR@WPG: Svechnikov nets second lacrosse-style goal

"The Svechy move? Yeah, I think we're going to call it that now," Staal said. "You can't say enough about the kid. So talented. Such a hard worker. He plays tough and plays hard. He does everything and does everything really, really well. It shows. A goal like that is pretty special. He makes it look easy."

The Opposition

The Avalanche defeated the Blackhawks, 4-1, on Wednesday night in Chicago to improve to 22-9-3 on the season. Colorado owns a 10-3-2 record at home and ranks second in the Central Division with 47 points. Nathan MacKinnon leads the team in goals (21), assists (31) and points (52) through 34 games.


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