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Semin a healthy scratch for Hurricanes vs. Kings

by Kurt Dusterberg

KINGS (6-3-2) at HURRICANES (1-6-2)

TV: FS-W, FS-CR

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings at PNC Arena.

Semin has two assists in eight games.

"We gave it a little bit of thought," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "We had three forwards come in this morning for treatment, and if one of those guys wouldn't have been able to go, we would have made some moves. But they are all deemed healthy and ready to play, so I want to keep the lineup the same."

Goalie Cam Ward will start for the Hurricanes. Ward stopped 25 shots for his 22nd career shutout Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes to give Peters his first win as an NHL coach.

"When you haven't won and you [win your first game], you want to reward the guys who got it done," Peters said. "That's why the lineup stays the same."

The Kings are hoping center Anze Kopitar will return Sunday after missing three games with an upper-body injury sustained Oct. 26 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kopitar practiced with the Kings Saturday in Detroit before leaving for Raleigh.

The Kings are 0-2-1 on their current five-game road trip after a 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.

Here are the projected lineups:

KINGS

Dwight King - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford - Jarret Stoll - Justin Williams

Andy Andreoff - Mike Richards - Trevor Lewis

Jake Muzzin - Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez - Robyn Regehr

Brayden McNabb - Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick

Martin Jones

Injuries: Marian Gaborik (upper body)

Suspended: Jordan Nolan

HURRICANES

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Jeff Skinner

Nathan Gerbe - Riley Nash - Elias Lindholm

Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Patrick Dwyer

Chris Terry - Victor Rask - Zach Boychuk

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk

Tim Gleason - Jay Harrison

Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore

Cam Ward

Anton Khudobin

Scratches: Alexander Semin, John-Michael Liles

Injuries: Jordan Staal (broken leg)

Status report: The Kings will be without Nolan, who was suspended two games Sunday for boarding Red Wings forward Darren Helm on Friday.

Who's hot: With a goal against the Coyotes on Saturday, Tlusty has six goals in nine games, including three on the power play ... Toffoli has 14 points in 11 games, including a League-best three short-handed goals.

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