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Preview: Hurricanes at Red Wings

Canes take seven-game winning streak on the road

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / Hurricanes.com

DETROIT - Riding a seven-game winning streak, the Carolina Hurricanes hit the road for a two-game set against the Detroit Red Wings.


The Match-Up

Carolina Hurricanes (19-6-1, 39 points) at Detroit Red Wings (8-16-4, 20 points)

Sunday, March 14, 5 p.m.

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PROJECTED LINEUP


Tracking the Storylines

Gardiner on Waivers: The Canes placed Jake Gardiner on waivers on Saturday with the intent of assigning him to the taxi squad. The move would provide salary cap flexibility for the team while Gardiner remains out of the lineup.

On the Mend: In addition to Gardiner, the Canes are without Teuvo Teravainen (concussion symptoms), Vincent Trocheck (upper body) and Petr Mrazek (right thumb) on this two-game road trip. Teravainen skated with the Canes on Saturday in a yellow, no-contact sweater. Mrazek has been off the ice in the last few days, but he figures to be the closest to returning to game action.

On a Roll: The Canes have won seven straight games for the sixth time in franchise history and the first time since 2010. The franchise record for longest win streak is nine games, accomplished in 2005, 2006 and 2009.


The Opposition

Last five games: 1-3-1, 3 points
At home: 5-6-3, 13 points
CAR vs. DET: 2-1-0
Leading scorer: Filip Hronek, 14 points (14a) in 28 games

The Wings have played just four games in the first 13 days of March, and after being on the road to begin the month, they returned home to claim three of a possible four points against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 4-3 overtime loss and a 6-4 victory. Detroit has earned 13 of its 20 points this season at Little Caesars Arena.


The Last Meeting

The Canes scored four unanswered goals, including three in the third period, to fly past the Red Wings 5-2 in front of a 15%-of-capacity capacity crowd at PNC Arena on March 4. Martin Necas tied the game late in the second period, and then the Canes broke the game open in the third. Jordan Staal scored 45 seconds into the final frame to give his team its first lead of the night, and that was that.

Video: Staal earn 3 points each in 5-2 victory

"We just decided we had to get to our game. We were just fighting it the whole night trying to find an easier way. We were fortunate to be tied going into the third. Then, the guys just started playing. You could see it," said head coach Rod Brind'Amour after his 100th win in the NHL. "Svech and Jordo, that line, they kind of took over early."


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