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Tuesday, January 30th (All times eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (23-21-6) at Carolina Hurricanes (26-20-6), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs will begin their longest road trip of the season tonight, when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center.

The Maple Leafs have won three of their last four games and were able to beat the arch-rival Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Pavel Kubina notched a pair of goals and also added an assist to lift Toronto to the 4-1 home victory.

Jeff O'Neill had a goal and one assist while Mats Sundin also tallied for the Leafs. Matt Stajan added a pair of helpers and Andrew Raycroft stopped 27- of-28 shots faced for Toronto.

Toronto has been a better team on the road this season and is sporting a 12-9-3 record as the visitor. The Leafs continue this five-game swing Wednesday against the New York Rangers.

The Hurricanes, meanwhile, will try to put their recent struggles behind them tonight. Carolina has dropped three of their last four games and was demolished in Washington on Saturday. Alexander Semin scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Capitals to a 7-3 rout.

Saturday's test was the back end of a home-and-home series, and the Caps exacted a bit of revenge after The Hurricanes earned a 6-2 win in the opener on Friday.

Erik Cole and Justin Williams each tallied for the Hurricanes, while Cam Ward was tagged for all seven goals on just 23 shots faced.

The Maple Leafs and 'Canes have split a pair of meetings this year, but Carolina has won three of five and four of the last seven matchups.

01/30 10:52:49 ET


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