NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, November 8th
(All times eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (7-5-0-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (3-5-4-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings attempt their fourth straight win
tonight when they continue a four-game road trip in Carolina against the
Hurricanes at the RBC Center.
The Kings picked up their fourth straight road victory on Thursday, as Ziggy
Palffy scored with 7.7 seconds left in overtime to give them a 1-0 decision
over Tampa Bay at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Roman Cechmanek stopped 30 shots to post his second shutout of the season for
the Kings, whose current streak comes on the heels of a three-game losing
slide. The goaltender earned his 22nd career blanking.
Palffy ended the game in the waning seconds. Skating right to left, he was
tripped between the circles by a defender, but beat John Grahame with a low
shot inside the left post.
LA, which is 4-1 away from the Staples Center, will close its trip on Monday
Carolina, meanwhile, enters tonight's contest on a high note after Craig Adams
scored two goals in the Hurricanes' 6-3 win over the New York Rangers on
Rookie Eric Staal contributed a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who
stopped a three-game losing streak. Josef Vasicek and Ryan Bayda also tallied
in the victory, while Erik Cole, who scored with the net vacant late in the
contest, added two assists.
Kevin Weekes started in goal for Carolina and posted 29 saves.
Staal, the second overall pick in the 2003 Entry Draft, started slowly but now
ranks third among rookies with eight points (2g, 6a). He's is also second with
Carolina, which improved to 2-2-1 at home, will be playing the third portion
of a four-game set at RBC Center tonight. The stand comes to an end on Sunday
against the Lightning.
The Kings are unbeaten in their last three matchups (2-0-1) with the Canes,
but could be at a disadvantage tonight. The home team in this series is
4-0-1 in the last five meetings.
11/08 10:23:03 ET