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Hamilton tries to extend goal streak with Carolina; Campbell starts for Los Angeles

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (5-1-0) at KINGS (2-3-0)

10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-CR, NHL.TV 


The Game 

Dougie Hamilton will try to become the first NHL defenseman to score in five consecutive games since 2009 when the Carolina Hurricanes play the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Tuesday.

Hamilton, who has six points (four goals, two assists) during his streak, can match a feat last accomplished by Mike Green of the Washington Capitals. Green scored a goal in eight straight games Jan. 24-Feb. 14, 2009.

The Hurricanes had their five-game winning streak to open the season end in a 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. 

The Kings, coming off a 5-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday, have alternated losses and wins over their first five games.


Players to watch

Hurricanes center Erik Haula has scored in five of six games this season. He has a Carolina-best five goals. 
Kings center Anze Kopitar has eight points (two goals, six assists) during a five-game season-opening point streak. He'll try to match his NHL career-best six-game point streak to start a season (Oct. 7-20, 2011). Kopitar has at least one assist in each game.  


They said it

"We knew we were getting a good player. Obviously he had sat out most of last year so I think it was more of a confidence issue for him to see how he would feel bouncing back, and I think he feels real good about where his game is." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour on center Erik Haula

"(Assistant coach) Trent Yawney says he's like a mosquito in a dark tent. He's just a pest. He just keeps on going and going, and I think a lot of the real good teams in the League have an Energizer bunny, if you will, and that would be Blake in our case." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan on center Blake Lizotte


Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen   

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Brock McGinn 

Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas   

Warren Foegele -- Lucas Wallmark -- Brian Gibbons 

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton 

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce 

Jake Gardiner -- Haydn Fleury

James Reimer

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Trevor van Riemsdyk

Injured: Jordan Martinook (core muscle)


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown   

Jeff Carter -- Blake Lizotte -- Tyler Toffoli   

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Michael Amadio -- Trevor Lewis  

Kyle Clifford -- Adrian Kempe -- Austin Wagner  

Ben Hutton -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Sean Walker

Joakim Ryan -- Matt Roy 

Jack Campbell

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Tobias Bjornfot, Carl Grundstrom, Kurtis MacDermid

Injured: Derek Forbort (back) 


Status report

Gibbons is expected to make his Hurricanes debut after being recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Sunday. He had 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 64 games with the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators last season. … van Riemsdyk is day-to-day after being activated off injured reserve Saturday. … Dzingel and Svechnikov did not practice Tuesday but will play. … Campbell, who is 2-0-0 with a 3.47 goals-against average and .885 save percentage, will start in goal for Los Angeles.


Stat pack

Staal will play in his 900th NHL game. … Slavin has five points (two goals, three assists) during a five-game point streak to tie his NHL career high. … Walker has four points (two goals, two assists) during an NHL career-best four-game point streak.

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