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Carolina tries to strengthen playoff position; Los Angeles hopes to end eight-game skid

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

KINGS (23-32-7) at HURRICANES (33-23-6)

7 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-SE, NHL.TV


The Game 

The Carolina Hurricanes will try to strengthen their position in the race to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they play the Los Angeles Kings at PNC Arena on Tuesday.

The Hurricanes are 11-3-1 in their past 15 games and hold the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Goalie Petr Mrazek, who has two shutouts in his past four games, will start for Carolina.

The Kings hope to end an eight-game losing streak (0-5-3), their longest since they lost a team record 11 in a row (nine in regulation, two in overtime) from March 16-April 4, 2004. Los Angeles has been outscored 32-20 during its eight-game skid.


Players to watch

Kings forward Ilya Kovalchuk has 74 points (37 goals, 37 assists) in 59 games against the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes forward Justin Williams has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games.


They said it

"There's a lot of guys who have never been in this situation. Unfortunately, I have. The deadline has passed, but if you want to be a King you've got to play like a King. Twenty games until the end of the year, but 20 games to the end of a bad season where there will probably be changes regardless." -- Kings forward Dustin Brown

"We don't really worry about the other team. If we play our game, it doesn't really matter who we're playing. I watched (the Kings') game last night. They took on Tampa Bay and could have beat them, the best team in hockey in their building." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour 


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Brendan Leipsic -- Adrian Kempe -- Jonny Brodzinski

Kyle Clifford -- Trevor Lewis -- Austin Wagner

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Paul LaDue -- Matt Roy

Dion Phaneuf -- Sean Walker

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: None

Injured: Alec Martinez (upper body)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Justin Williams

Micheal Ferland -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Martinook -- Brock McGinn

Saku Maenalanen -- Lucas Wallmark -- Warren Foegele

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Brett Pesce -- Justin Faulk

Calvin de Haan -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Greg McKegg

Injured: None


Status report

The Kings did not hold a morning skate. … McKegg will be a healthy scratch after playing in all 23 games since his recall from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Jan. 4.


Stat pack

Kopitar has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his past 14 games. … Quick is 6-3-0 with a 2.08 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and two shutouts against the Hurricanes. ... Aho has 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in his past 19 games. … Teravainen has 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in his past 19 games.

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