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Carolina trying to end four-game losing streak; Detroit has dropped three straight

by Dave Hogg / Correspondent

HURRICANES (27-24-10) at RED WINGS (24-26-10)

7 p.m. ET; FS-D, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes will try to end a four-game losing streak when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday.

The Hurricanes are in an 0-3-1 slide after losing 6-1 at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. They are one point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Carolina center Jordan Staal is expected to miss his second straight game to be with his wife as she gives birth.

The Red Wings are 0-2-1 in their past three games and are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. The Red Wings, who are seven points behind the Blue Jackets, have scored two goals or fewer in 10 of their past 14 games.


Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past seven games. He leads Carolina with 21 goals in 57 games.

Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg is second on the team with 41 points (eight goals, 33 assists), but has scored two goals in his past 23 games.


They said it

"They outworked us and they showed they wanted it more. Our response was poor, very poor. That's frustrating, because we have to be better." -- Hurricanes forward Justin Williams after the loss to Pittsburgh

"We're trying to win hockey games, and I'm going to put the lineup out there that gives us the best chance to win. I'm fully aware Jimmy (Howard) plays great at Madison Square Garden, but I'm also aware Carolina is a team we have to track down to make the playoffs." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on the possibility of starting Howard Saturday and Sunday


Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Elias Lindholm -- Teuvo Teravainen

Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Lee Stempniak

Brock McGinn -- Victor Rask -- Justin Williams

Joakim Nordstrom -- Josh Jooris -- Phillip Di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

Cam Ward

Scratched: Klas Dahlbeck, Jordan Staal

Injured: None


Red Wings projected lineup

Anthony Mantha -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Tomas Tatar -- Dylan Larkin -- Andreas Athanasiou

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Justin Abdelkader

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Luke Glendening -- David Booth

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Niklas Kronwall -- Xavier Ouellet

Jimmy Howard

Jared Coreau

Scratched: Martin Frk, Luke Witkowski

Injured: Mike Green (upper body)


Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. … Green practiced Friday and could return after missing Detroit's past four games. Mantha will play with a full face shield after fracturing his cheekbone on Thursday.


Stat pack

Skinner has six points (five goals, one assist) in his past seven games. … Nielsen has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games.

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