NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, October 24th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (2-5-2) at Minnesota Wild (2-7-0), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild hope a return home tonight can shake
them out of their current funk, as they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to
Xcel Energy Center.
The Wild have lost six of their last seven games, getting held to two goals or
less in five of those contests. Their lone win in that span came at home,
where the club is 2-0-0 on the season compared to 0-7-0 on the road.
Minnesota's latest road setback came in St. Louis last night, a 3-1 defeat.
Playing in his second game since being acquired from Boston in a trade, Chuck
Kobasew scored his first goal of the season. Eric Belanger and Shane Hnidy
notched the assists.
Niklas Backstrom gave up a goal just 56 seconds into the game and ended with
23 saves on the night.
"Our guys were just running out of gas a little bit [in the third period]. It
was tough to get it in [the Blues'] zone and get opportunities," Wild head
coach Todd Richards said.
Minnesota plays three of its next four games at home, where it is 3-0 with a
tie in its last four meetings with Carolina. That includes a 3-2 victory last
That isn't good new for a Hurricanes' club that has lost its first five road
games (0-4-1) of 2009-10. Carolina wraps a four-game swing this evening, one
night after a 5-4 loss to Colorado.
Tuomo Ruutu had a goal and an assist, but might not be available for this game
after receiving a five-minute boarding major and 10-minute game misconduct for
a hit on the Avalanche's Darcy Tucker, who left the ice on a stretcher.
Colorado scored on that resulting power play, as the Hurricanes were
shorthanded seven times in the game overall.
"We got way too many penalties. We can't do that if we want to win any of
these games," Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen said.
Matt Cullen, Ray Whitney and Joseph Corvo all scored in the loss, the
Hurricanes' fifth in a row (0-3-2). Cam Ward allowed five goals on 36 shots
Carolina is 2-3-0 with a tie in its last six games overall versus Minnesota.
10/24 10:49:57 ET