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Thursday, March 12th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (36-27-6) at Dallas Stars (31-28-8), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Though the Carolina Hurricanes franchise hasn't won in
Dallas in over 13 years, they won't exactly play a Stars club that is on a
roll in Texas this evening.
Carolina will aim to extend Dallas' six-game home losing streak in tonight's
matchup at American Airlines Center.
The Hurricanes haven't posted a victory in Dallas since February 11, 1996,
when they were still known as the Hartford Whalers. They have gone winless in
seven trips since. losing six contests while posting a tie in 2001. In fact,
the home team is 10-1 with a pair of ties in the last 13 games in the series.
These two clubs haven't met since Carolina's 5-4 home win on November 18, 2006
that halted its three-game series losing streak. This marks the first meeting
between the teams in Dallas since December of 2005.
The Hurricanes have posted points in five straight games to move into a tie
with Pittsburgh for sixth overall in the Eastern Conference. Both clubs lead
eight-seeded Florida by a point.
Carolina had matched a season-best four-game winning streak prior to
Wednesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago. Both clubs scored twice through the
first three rounds of the extra session before the Blackhawks' Kris Versteeg
beat Cam Ward with a wrister just below the crossbar. Sergei Samsonov then
failed to extend the shootout for Carolina.
Rod Brind'Amour scored for the third straight game, while former Blackhawk
Tuomo Ruutu also tallied for the Hurricanes, who suffered just their third
loss in the last 11 games and had outscored their opponents 23-6 over their
four-game win streak. Ward stopped 39-of-41 shots in the loss.
Carolina plays the middle portion of a three-game road trip tonight and is
17-14-5 as the guest. They visit Washington on Saturday.
The Stars return home after Tuesday's 5-2 setback in St. Louis. Dallas hasn't
won as the host since February 19 and has fallen to 17-13-4 in Big D this
In Tuesday's loss, James Neal and Mike Ribeiro scored for struggling Dallas,
which fell to 2-7-1 in its last 10 games. Marty Turco started in goal for the
Stars but was pulled midway through the first period, after he allowed three
goals on eight shots. Tobias Stephan made 17 saves in relief.
Despite Dallas' recent success versus the 'Canes, Turco is just 1-3-0 with a
2.59 goals against average against them lifetime.
The Stars are now 10th overall in the West, one point back of a playoff spot.
They are tied with Minnesota in the standings with 70 points and will host the
Wild on Saturday.
03/12 10:52:15 ET