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Minnesota looking to extend point streak to 12; Carolina has lost three of five

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

WILD (14-11-4) at HURRICANES (17-11-1) 

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


The Game 

The Minnesota Wild will try to extend their winning streak to six games and point streak to 12 when they play the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Saturday.

The Wild are 8-0-3 in their past 11 games, the second-longest point streak in their history (13 games from Dec. 2-29, 2016).

The Hurricanes are coming off a 3-2 shootout win against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday but are 2-3-0 in their past five games after going 6-1-0 in their previous seven.


Players to watch 

Wild forward Zach Parise has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past six games. He has 32 points (19 goals, 13 assists) in 34 games against Carolina.

Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in his past 13 games.


They said it 

"They play with speed, they play with pace, they keep coming at you, they shoot from everywhere. If you're not ready and you don't have your legs going, you're going to be in trouble." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

"It seems like everyone we're playing lately is playing well. It's the NHL. Every game is tough. We expect a really tough game." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour


Wild projected lineup

Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Zach Parise -- Victor Rask -- Kevin Fiala

Jordan Greenway -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Ryan Donato -- Ryan Hartman -- Marcus Foligno

Ryan Suter - Matt Dumba

Carson Soucy -- Jonas Brodin

Nick Seeler -- Brad Hunt

Alex Stalock

Kaapo Kahkonen

Scratched: Brennan Menell, Devan Dubnyk, Nico Sturm

Injured: Jared Spurgeon (upper body), Mikko Koivu (lower body), Greg Pateryn (lower body)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Ryan Dzingel -- Lucas Wallmark -- Jordan Martinook

Brock McGinn -- Clark Bishop -- Brian Gibbons

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Haydn Fleury

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Trevor van Riemsdyk

Injured: Erik Haula (knee), Martin Necas (lower body)


Status report 

Minnesota recalled Sturm and Menell from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Friday after placing Koivu and Pateryn on injured reserve … Carolina did not hold a morning skate. … Necas participated in practice Thursday, but Brind'Amour said he does not expect the rookie forward to be available.


Stat pack 

Zucker and Zuccarello each has four points (two goals, two assists) in the past two games.  … Fiala has seven points (two goals, five assists) in the past seven games. … Aho has eight points (two goals, six assists) in seven games against the Wild. … Mrazek is 29-8-1 at with a 2.12 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and five shutouts in 38 games at PNC Arena. … Carolina defeated Minnesota 4-3 in overtime at Xcel Energy Center on Nov. 16, its third straight win against the Wild.

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