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Carolina looks for fourth win in row; Pettersson eyes 100th NHL point for Vancouver

by Kevin Woodley / Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (19-11-1) at CANUCKS (15-12-4)

10 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes will try to win their fourth straight game when they play the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Thursday.

Carolina is 10-4-0 in its past 14 games, including a 6-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday to start a five-game road trip.

Petr Mrazek will start in goal for the Hurricanes. James Reimer made 33 saves in the win against Edmonton.

Goalie Jacob Markstrom will start for the Canucks, who are 2-2-0 on a five-game homestand and 6-9-2 in their past 17 games.

Forward Elias Pettersson (40 goals, 59 assists) is one point from 100 in the NHL.


Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past two games.

Canucks forward Josh Leivo has six points (five goals, one assist) in his past six games.


They said it

"Sometimes that's a good thing about when you are out for a while is you come back really fresh and you could see he had a little pep to his step, maybe even more than normal." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour on rookie forward Martin Necas, who will play his second straight game after missing four games with a lower-body injury

"Inside your hockey room, Carolina has got a lot of respect around the League, and rightfully so. They're fast, they're big, they're strong, their back end is one of the better back ends in the League." -- Canucks coach Travis Green


Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Ryan Dzingel -- Lucas Wallmark -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Jordan Martinook -- Julien Gauthier

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Haydn Fleury

Injured: Erik Haula (knee)


Canucks projected lineup

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Josh Leivo

Antoine Roussel -- Adam Gaudette -- Jake Virtanen

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Zack MacEwen

Jordie Benn -- Christopher Tanev

Quinn Hughes -- Tyler Myers

Oscar Fantenberg -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Michael DiPietro

Scratched: Loui Eriksson, Jalen Chatfield

Injured:  Thatcher Demko (concussion), Micheal Ferland (upper body), Alexander Edler (upper body), Tyler Graovac (lower body), Tyler Motte (upper body), Brandon Sutter (groin)


Status report

Haula, who has missed 15 of the past 17 games, is not with the Hurricanes on this road trip. … DiPietro was called up from Utica of the American Hockey League after Demko sustained a concussion in practice Wednesday. … Ferland left early in the second period of a 4-1 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, his second game back after missing 17 games with a concussion, but coach Travis Green said he is not in the concussion protocol.


Stat pack

Dzingel will play in his 300th NHL game. … Aho has 15 goals in his past 19 games, the most in the NHL since Nov. 1 … Miller had an NHL career-high point streak end at eight games in the loss to Toronto, but has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past nine games. … Pearson has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past six games.

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