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Martinook to return for Carolina; Minnesota can extend home point streak to six

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (11-7-1) at WILD (7-11-1)

2 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, FS-CR, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Jordan Martinook will return for the Carolina Hurricanes when they play the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

Martinook missed the past 15 games after having surgery Oct. 11 to repair a core muscle tear.

Carolina has won two straight after a four-game losing streak.

The Wild have won three of their past eight games (3-4-1) and have not lost a home game in regulation since their opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 12 (4-0-1).

 

Players to watch

Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton has three goals and two assists during a four-game point streak.

Wild forward Kevin Fiala has six points (four goals, two assists) in the past six games.

 

They said it

"I'm not the type of guy to ease into it. 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." -- Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook on returning to the lineup

"Jeez, (the Hurricanes are) fast. They pursue the puck really well. All six of their defensemen are good skaters, so they always join the play. … We know that they're going to come out (hard), we've got to make sure to stop that." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Ryan Dzingel -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Nino Niederreiter -- Lucas Wallmark -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Erik Haula -- Jordan Martinook

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Haydn Fleury

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Trevor van Riemsdyk

Injured: None

 

Wild projected lineup

Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Zach Parise -- Mikko Koivu -- Kevin Fiala

Jordan Greenway -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Ryan Donato -- Victor Rask -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Carson Soucy -- Brad Hunt

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Nick Seeler

Injured: Marcus Foligno (lower body), Greg Pateryn (core muscle)

 

Status report

The Hurricanes sent forward Brian Gibbons to Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Saturday after he cleared waivers. ... Pateryn participated in his first team practice Friday since he was injured. He wore a noncontact jersey.

 

Stat pack

Svechnikov has two goals and four assists during a three-game point streak. ... Teravainen has one goal and five assists during a four-game point streak. ... Parise has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past six games.

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