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Preview: Hurricanes at Wild

Canes look to make it three straight in Minnesota

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

ST. PAUL - The Carolina Hurricanes are set to square off with the Minnesota Wild in a Saturday matinee, a continuation of the team's three-game road trip.

The Canes began the road swing with a 5-4 overtime win in Buffalo on Thursday night.

Take the Two Points

The Hurricanes saw two leads disappear in Buffalo on Thursday, but they didn't let that derail them from snagging two points in their second straight victory and 10th straight against Buffalo, the team's longest winning streak against any NHL opponent in franchise history.

The Canes brought a 3-2 lead into the third period, but the Sabres tied the game with about six-and-a-half minutes remaining. Not even three minutes later, Andrei Svechnikov lasered in his eighth goal of the season, a power-play marker, to reclaim the lead. The Sabres weren't finished, though, and tied the game with the extra attacker on in the final minute of play.

Video: Hamilton's OT winner lifts Hurricanes past Sabres

In overtime, Martin Necas, using his speed and skill, set up Dougie Hamilton for the game-winning goal.

"It felt like you never know who was going to get the last goal kind of thing," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said after the game. "All in all, it was a good two points."

Marty Party

Jordan Martinook is ready to return to the Hurricanes' lineup after missing the last 15 games following surgery to repair a core muscle injury.


"It's about how I feel. I feel good, and I'm skating good. I feel 100 percent," he said after practice in Minnesota on Friday. "At the beginning of the year, I could feel some pain. Whenever you have that in the back of your mind, you're always thinking about that a little bit. You're not thinking about what you need to do. Now I'm pain free, and with a clear head, I can just go out and do what I do. My skating isn't hindered, so I can go out and buzz around like I know I can."

Martinook will slot in alongside Brock McGinn and Erik Haula, who took a maintenance day on Friday following his first game back from injury.

Video: Jordan Martinook: "I'm diving right in"

"There's a lot of pace and chaos, is what I like to call it," Brind'Amour said. "He causes a lot of disruption out there with his play. He puts a lot of pressure on other teams to make plays and turn over pucks. He's hard to play against."

"I'm not the type of guy to ease into it," Martinook said. "I don't dip my toe in; I'm diving right in, and I'm going to go out and just play the way I play. I've been pushing myself in practice. That's kind of my test, and it's felt great. Now I'm ready to put it into a game."

The Opposition

The Wild, who have had a road-heavy schedule to open their season, bring a five-game home point streak (4-0-1) into this game. Most recently, Minnesota topped Arizona, 3-2, at home on Thursday night. Former Hurricanes captain Eric Staal leads the Wild in scoring with 14 points (6g, 8a) in 19 games.

Video: Rod Brind'Amour: "He cause a lot of disruption"

"You look at that lineup, and it's a pretty powerful lineup. They took a little time to get it figured out. A veteran group, and sometimes that happens," Brind'Amour said. "Now that they seem to have it figured out, they're firing on all cylinders. It will be a big challenge."





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