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Wild could make Vanek scratch vs. Hurricanes

Kuemper day-to-day for Minnesota; Murphy questionable for Carolina

by Dan Myers / Correspondent

HURRICANES (31-27-13) at WILD (32-28-11)

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

Season series: Jason Zucker scored two goals, including the game-winner 3:50 into overtime, to help the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Nov. 12. Justin Faulk and Andrej Nestrasil scored goals for Carolina.


Hurricanes team scope: Carolina could be without defenseman Ryan Murphy, who did not practice with the team in Minneapolis on Friday. Murphy, who has an upper-body issue, was deemed questionable by Hurricanes coach Bill Peters. With Murphy's status in doubt, Carolina recalled defenseman Trevor Carrick from Charlotte of the American Hockey League. Carrick made his NHL debut against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday in place of Ron Hainsey, who missed the game because of an illness, but was reassigned to Charlotte on Wednesday. "He played real good in Washington," Peters told the Hurricanes website. "I thought he settled in and made real smart decisions with the puck. He moved it crisply. Game two should be a little easier for him." Carolina, which will try to end a three-game losing streak, is playing the final game of a five-game road trip (1-1-2).

Wild team scope: Coach John Torchetti promised lineup changes after Minnesota's practice at Xcel Energy Center on Friday, one day after a 7-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils. The seven goals were the most allowed by the Wild this season. If line rushes are any indication, forward Thomas Vanek could be the odd man out. Jordan Schroeder skated in Vanek's place on a line with Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund. "We went over the film, and we know we can play a better game, and bring a better effort as a team," Torchetti said. "I've been pretty happy with our games all along. Since I've been here, we had last night's game, and maybe a period here and there, but overall, told them I was disappointed in it, but let's just battle back, and move on." Goaltender Darcy Kuemper is day-to-day after sustaining an upper-body injury against the Devils. The Wild recalled goaltender Steve Michalek from Iowa of the American Hockey League to serve as a backup to Devan Dubnyk.

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