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Friday, December 8th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (15-12-3) at Vancouver Canucks (13-14-1), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes will try to come up with a victory on their current road trip, as they battle the Vancouver Canucks at General Motors Place.

Last year's Stanley Cup champions have dropped the first two tests on their four-game swing, losing matches in Calgary and Edmonton. The most recent setback came Wednesday evening, as the Oilers posted a 3-1 victory at Rexall Place.

Wednesday's contest was a rematch of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, which the Hurricanes won in a seventh-game in Raleigh. It was the first meeting between the teams in the province of Alberta since Game 6 of the Finals on June 17th, a 4-0 Oilers win.

Craig Adams scored for the Hurricanes, while Cam Ward made 21 saves in a losing return to his hometown.

Carolina, which closes out its trek Monday evening in Colorado, is 7-8-2 as the visitor this year.

The Canucks, meanwhile, are capping a five-game homestand tonight. Vancouver is 7-7-0 as the host this year, and has been true to that trend so far in its current residency, going 2-2-0.

Vancouver hasn't played since Monday night, when it was blanked by the Oilers. Dwayne Roloson stopped all 36 shots he faced help Edmonton post the 4-0 win.

Roberto Luongo made only 14 saves in the loss for Vancouver, which has dropped two of its last three games.

Tonight's game is the first meeting between the Canucks and Hurricanes since a December 14, 2003 matchup at GM Place. Vancouver posted a 2-1 overtime victory on that night and has won four straight encounters.

12/08 10:21:36 ET


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