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Wild look for third straight win against Hurricanes

by Kurt Dusterberg /

WILD (9-3-2) at HURRICANES (6-9-0)


RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Minnesota Wild will seek their third straight win when they face the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

Carolina is coming off a 3-0 road loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday. The Hurricanes outshot New York 33-23 and had six power-play opportunities.

"I see a team that's playing well that just hasn't found a lot of wins," Wild coach Mike Yeo said of the Hurricanes. "I thought they were all over the Rangers, then the Rangers scored a couple quick ones. I expect a pretty desperate team. They're playing good hockey both with and without the puck."

Minnesota recalled forward Christoph Bertschy and defenseman Gustov Olofsson from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Thursday. Bertschy had two shots on goal in 8:08 of ice time in his NHL debut against the Tampa Bay Lightning last Saturday.

"For his first game, he got better as the game went on," Yeo said. "He's got the speed to get in on the forecheck but also to break some plays."

The Hurricanes' struggling power play is not sitting well with coach Bill Peters; they're 28th in the NHL at 11.5 percent.

"When teams play fast and attack the net you end up on the power play," Peters said. "We had six in New York. I didn't think our power play was very good. We lacked pace coming up the ice and we lacked execution in the zone. It wasn't good."

Rookie defenseman Noah Hanifin returns to the lineup for the Hurricanes. The fifth pick of the 2015 NHL Draft sat out the past two games as a healthy scratch.

"I expect him to contribute," Peters said. "I expect him to move pucks, skate and be hard to play against, be physical in our end and do good things."

Here are the projected lineups:


Thomas Vanek - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville

Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu - Nino Niederreiter

Charlie Coyle - Ryan Carter - Jordan Schroeder

Chris Porter - Erik Haula - Christoph Bertschy

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin - Mathew Dumba

Nate Prosser - Christian Folin

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Injured: Zach Parise (knee), Justin Fontaine (knee), Tyler Graovac (sports hernia)

Scratched: Marco Scandella, Gustav Olofsson


Eric Staal - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm

Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Chris Terry

Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Kris Versteeg

Andrej Nestrasil - Jay McClement - Joakim Nordstrom

Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk

John-Michael Liles - Brett Pesce

Noah Hanifin - Ryan Murphy

Cam Ward

Eddie Lack

Injured: James Wisniewski (knee)

Scratched: Brad Malone

Status update: Yeo said he does not expect Olofsson to make his NHL debut against Carolina. The Wild want to have an additional defenseman on the roster during their four-game road trip, which starts Thursday.

Who's hot: Jordan Staal has goals in three of the past four games. ... Vanek had two goals, including the game-winner, in Minnesota's 5-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. ... Zucker has three goals and six assists in the past nine games.

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