GAME: Carolina Hurricanes (8-12-8-1) at Vancouver Canucks (15-7-5-2).
TIME: Sunday, 10 p.m. EST.
The Vancouver Canucks look to end their recent struggles at home as they
host the Carolina Hurricanes at General Motors Place.
The Canucks tied the Colorado Avalanche 1-1 on Thursday, giving them a 1-2-2
record in their last five home games. Ed Jovanovski scored in the third period
for Vancouver, which went 9-0-1 in its first 10 home games this season.
Overall, the Canucks have gone just 1-3-3-1 in their last eight games.
Nonetheless, they were pleased with their performance against the Avalanche,
who were tied with the Canucks atop the Northwest Division heading into
"I think these are the games you want to play," Vancouver forward Markus
Naslund said Thursday. "They mean a whole lot, and they're a top team. I
thought we rose to the challenge and played a lot better."
Teammate Brad May agreed that Vancouver might be shaking its recent slump.
"I'll tell you it was a good night," he said. "I don't think we're going
to take any negatives out of this one. That's probably the best feeling we've
had coming out of a game in some time."
Goalie Alex Auld, called up from Manitoba of the AHL on Tuesday, turned away
27 shots. Dan Cloutier, Vancouver's No. 1 goalie, injured his groin Tuesday and
is listed as day-to-day.
The Hurricanes are coming off Thursday's 1-0 loss to the Calgary Flames --
their third defeat in five games (1-2-1-1).
Goalie Kevin Weekes made 30 saves for Carolina, which has lost eight of its
last 10 road games.
"It was a great game and an entertaining game, but unfortunately we came
out on the short end of it," Weekes said.
The Hurricanes, who are finishing up a four-game road trip, have been held
to two or fewer goals in 10 of their last 12 games. They were shut out for the
third time this season.