NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, December 14th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (8-12-8-1) at Vancouver Canucks (15-7-5-2), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks try to keep stockpiling points
tonight when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to GM Place.
Vancouver has lost only once in the last seven games (3-1-3), having recorded
nine of a possible 14 points in that time. The Canucks, with 37 points
overall, sit one behind first-place Colorado in the Northwest Division.
On Thursday, the Canucks played to a 1-1 tie with the visiting Avs. Ed
Jovanovski scored early in the third period to help Vancouver salvage the
deadlock. Alex Auld stopped 27 shots for the Canucks, who are only three
points behind Detroit in the race for the top spot in the Western Conference.
Auld played after being called up from the American Hockey League due to a
groin injury suffered by regular backstop Dan Cloutier. Cloutier is listed as
Vancouver captain Markus Naslund did not register a point in the tie, but he
enters today's action tied for second in the league with 36 points (15g, 21a).
Naslund is even with Washington's Robert Lang and sits a point behind
Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk in the scoring race.
Thursday marked the ninth time in the last 13 games that Vancouver has needed
The Canucks, 10-2-3 on home ice, will visit Nashville on Tuesday to kick off a
three-game road trip.
Carolina, meanwhile, is just 1-2-1-1 in its last five tries, and has lost
three of its last four away from home. On Thursday the Hurricanes were dealt a
1-0 loss by the Calgary Flames in the third slice of a four-game trip.
Miikka Kiprusoff earned his first shutout of the season and Shean Donovan
scored early in the third period to lead Calgary.
Kevin Weekes had a solid outing, stopping 30-of-31 shots in defeat. Carolina,
which was coming off a 3-2 win in Edmonton on Tuesday, has just six goals in
its last five games.
The Hurricanes will return home and face Pittsburgh on Thursday.
The Canucks are 3-0-1 in the last four meetings with the Canes, and Carolina
has lost four of its last five in British Columbia.
12/14 10:10:13 ET