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Monday, October 22nd (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (4-4-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (4-1-3), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks will continue their four-game road trip this evening, when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.

Vancouver kicked off the swing Sunday in Columbus and ended a two-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jackets. Curtis Sanford stopped 35- of-36 shots for the Canucks as he gave No. 1 goaltender Roberto Luongo a rare night off.

Ryan Kesler scored twice, while Kevin Bieksa and Markus Naslund each added a goal for the Canucks.

Vancouver, which also has stops in Detroit and Washington on this swing, is unbeaten (3-0) as the visiting team this season.

The Hurricanes have dropped their last two games, but gained a point in each of the setbacks because both losses came after regulation. Carolina lost a shootout in Pittsburgh on Friday and was handed an overtime loss in Philadelphia the following night.

Simon Gagne scored 48 seconds into overtime to lead the Flyers to a 3-2 victory over Carolina on Saturday. Including the OT loss in Philly, the Hurricanes capped a six-game road trip with a 3-2-1 record.

Eric Staal and Justin Williams tallied for the Hurricanes, who are in danger of dropping three straight tests for the first time this season.

John Grahame made 27 stops but was saddled with his second loss in as many starts.

The Hurricanes will begin a three-game homestand this evening and will also host Buffalo and Montreal over that stretch.

Vancouver has won the last five meetings with the Hurricanes. The teams haven't faced off in Raleigh since the Canucks posted a victory on November 27, 2002.

10/22 10:31:53 ET


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