LOS ANGELES - The Carolina Hurricanes open a three-game road swing through the state of California with a Tuesday night tilt against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Hurricanes bring a 5-1-0 record out west, which matches the team's best six-game start in franchise history.
"We always look at it as the one-day-at-a-time thing. You're only as good as your last one, and you're always looking forward to the next one," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said after practice in Raleigh on Monday. "I think 5-1 is great. I still think we haven't played the way we need to. That's the positive on that. But, it's all about winning tomorrow."
Building on a Hot Start
The Hurricanes began the 2019-20 season with a five-game winning streak, the best five-game start in franchise history. Even after a 3-2 loss to Columbus on Saturday, the team remains one of the top in the Eastern Conference.
But in order to build on that start, the Canes know they have to be better than they were against a divisional opponent over the weekend.
"It wasn't a great game, but having said that, there were some good things in it but not enough to win a game. The positive of it is that I don't think it was great, but we still had a chance to win that game," Brind'Amour said. "It wasn't our best, and it's not going to be good enough to win. We all know that."
Brian Gibbons is set to make his regular-season debut with the Hurricanes. Gibbons, who was signed by the Canes as a free agent in early July and recalled from Charlotte on Sunday evening, has skated in 189 career NHL games with five teams and posted 67 points (25g, 42a).
"I thought he had a great training camp," Brind'Amour said. "I think he was a great pick-up for us this summer. A proven guy who knows how to play in this league, someone you can count on."
Gibbons, who recorded four points (1g, 3a) in his first four games with the Checkers, skated on the wing alongside Lucas Wallmark and Warren Foegele in practice on Monday.
The Kings began the season with a three-game road trip through Western Canada and brought home a 1-2-0 record. They then opened a five-game homestand on Saturday and defeated the Nashville Predators, 7-4, in their home opener. Anze Kopitar leads the team in scoring with eight points (2g, 6a) in five games.
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