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At the Rink: Avalanche at Hurricanes

by Kurt Dusterberg /

RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes will try to continue their positive play when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

The Hurricanes lost 5-4 in a shootout at the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. The loss followed a stretch of three wins in four games.

"Going into St. Louis, scoring four times and never trailing, there are a lot of positives to take out of that game," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "Definitely a step in the right direction."

Colorado, which did not skate Tuesday morning, lost to the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Monday. The Avalanche beat Carolina 4-3 on Nov. 22 in Denver. The Hurricanes held a 3-1 lead in that game.

"We played well in Colorado and let it slip away," Peters said. "We need to be better here tonight. We need to be good against a team that played last night. I expect us to get off to a good start."

Here are the projected lineups:


Gabriel Landeskog - Matt Duchene - Borna Rendulic

Alex Tanguay - Ryan O'Reilly- Jarome Iginla

Maxime Talbot - John Mitchell - Nathan MacKinnon

Cody McLeod - Marc-Andre Cliche - Daniel Briere

Jan Hejda - Erik Johnson

Brad Stuart - Nick Holden

Nate Guenin - Tyson Barrie

Calvin Pickard

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Zach Redmond

Injured: Patrick Bordeleau (knee), Jamie McGinn (back surgery), Ben Street (hand), Jesse Winchester (concussion), Ryan Wilson (shoulder surgery)


Eric Staal - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm

Jiri Tlusty - Victor Rask - Nathan Gerbe

Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Alexander Semin

Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Patrick Dwyer

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk

Tim Gleason - John-Michael Liles

Ron Hainsey - Ryan Murphy

Anton Khudobin

Cam Ward

Scratched: Brett Bellemore, Chris Terry

Injured: None

Status report: Pickard starts for the first time since Dec. 27. Varlamov had started the previous eight games. … Khudobin will make his second start in the past nine games. His only other action since starting back-to-back games Dec. 21 and Dec. 23 was Jan. 4 against the Boston Bruins.

Who's hot: Johnson has eight goals in his past 14 games…. Eric Staal has six goals in the past seven games. ... Rask has two goals and two assists in the past three games.

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