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Preview: Kings vs. Hurricanes

Canes host Kings on Whalers Night

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes close out their seven-game homestand by hosting the Los Angeles Kings on Whalers Night.

The Canes, who are 4-2-0 in their longest homestand of the season, will break out the throwback green Whalers sweaters for one night only.

In the End

The Hurricanes have an opportunity to claim 10 of a possible 14 points in their longest consecutive stretch at home this season. Having won two games in a row, the Canes are now 2-2-0 in the new year.

"Every win counts. It's pretty close in the standings," Martin Necas said. "We've got to keep going and keep winning."

PROJECTED LINEUP

In addition to dropping the curtain on their homestand, Saturday's game also closes out the Canes' eighth of their 16 back-to-back sets this season. The Canes are 6-2-0 in the first game and 4-3-0 in the second game in 2019-20.

The Stars Look Down

Dougie Hamilton recorded an assist against Arizona for his 40th point (14g, 26a) of the season, exceeding the 39 points (18g, 21a) he posted with the Canes in 2018-19. Among all NHL defensemen, Hamilton ranks tied for second in goals, tied for third in points and tied for sixth in assists.

Hamilton will represent the Canes at the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis.

The Last Meeting

The Hurricanes and Kings first faced off this season during the Canes' first multi-game road trip of the season in mid-October. Petr Mrazek turned aside all 31 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the season in a 2-0 win. Martin Necas scored the game-deciding goal, helping the Canes to a franchise-best 6-1-0 start to the season.

Video: Mrazek leads Hurricanes to shutout win against Kings

The Opposition

At 18-24-4 with 40 points through 46 games, the Kings find themselves near the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Saturday's game marks the second in a stretch of five straight on the road, a trip that began with a 5-2 win in Vegas on Thursday night. Anze Kopitar, named an All-Star for the fifth time in his career, leads the team in scoring with 40 points (16g, 24a).


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