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Monday, November 23rd
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (5-12-5) at Dallas Stars (10-6-6), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Though they have put the worst losing streak in franchise
history behind them, one thing that the Carolina Hurricanes haven't done this
year is pick up a road win. Getting a victory in Dallas has historically been
a problem as well.
Carolina aims to end its 10-game season-opening slide on the road tonight in a
matchup with the Stars at American Airlines Center.
The Hurricanes are 3-0-2 over their last five games and have won three of four
since dropping a club-record 14 straight contests. However, none of those
victories have come on the road, where Carolina is 0-7-3 this season.
Getting that first victory in Dallas could be a problem. The Hurricanes
franchise is 0-5-2 with a tie in its last eight trips there since a 5-3
victory on February 11, 1996, when the club was still based in Hartford.
Carolina lost a 3-2 home decision to Dallas last year, giving the Stars a win
in four of their last five versus the Hurricanes.
The 'Canes do come in on a winning note, having defeated Tampa Bay, 3-1, on
Saturday. Chad LaRose scored his first goal of the season and added an assist
to spark the Hurricanes. The forward netted a career-best 19 goals last year.
"I'm happy for [LaRose] because, I'll tell you what, this guy is playing hard
-- and they're not easy minutes -- and he's first in the fight all the time,"
said head coach Paul Maurice. "It's tough to watch him go through [a slump]
because he's honest. There's not really much you can say to him. You can't say
'practice harder or play harder', because he plays as hard as he can every
time he gets on the ice."
Tuomo Ruutu and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Hurricanes, who have won two
straight for the first time since October 6-9. Manny Legace needed to make
just 20 saves to earn the victory.
The Hurricanes got defenseman Joni Pitkanen back in the lineup after he missed
two games with a lower-body injury. Center Eric Staal, meanwhile, returned to
practice on Saturday and has missed the last nine games with an upper-body
injury. He hopes to return to action this week.
Forward Scott Walker, though, remains out with his own upper-body ailment.
The Stars continue a four-game homestand tonight, having gone 1-1-0 on the
first two games of the stand. Following a 4-1 loss to Columbus on Thursday,
Dallas recorded a 5-3 triumph over New Jersey on Saturday.
Tom Wandell broke a 3-3 tie with a third-period goal for Dallas, while
Stephane Robidas tallied two goals and a pair of assists. Mike Ribeiro added a
goal and a helper, while Brad Richards finished with four assists, including
the 400th of his career.
"Sometimes there's nights where everything you seem to touch goes in," Robidas
said. "That was one of those nights. Obviously, for us, I'm really happy, but
the main thing is that it was a big win against a good team."
Marty Turco made 31 saves for Dallas, which was without leading goal scorer
James Neal because of a two-game suspension for a hit delivered versus
Columbus. Neal, who leads the team with 11 goals, will also sit out tonight's
Dallas is 4-3-3 overall as the host this season.
11/23 10:46:49 ET