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Thursday, December 8th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (17-8-2) at Los Angeles Kings (17-11-1), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes continue their lengthy road trip this evening when they visit the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.

Tonight's test is the fifth of a season-long six-game trek for the Hurricanes, who are 2-1-1 on the trip so far.

The Hurricanes picked up a 6-2 victory in Anaheim on Tuesday night. Kevyn Adams had a natural hat trick to lead Carolina to the easy win at the Pond.

Craig Adams assisted on all three of Kevyn Adams' goals, and Justin Williams and Eric Staal each added a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Rod Brind'Amour added three assists and Martin Gerber, who was originally drafted by Anaheim and played for the Ducks from 2002-04, was playing for the first time against his former team and made 35 saves in the victory.

Brind'Amour has registered a point in six straight games, posting a goal and seven assists during that stretch.

The first-place Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history with 36 points through their first 27 games.

The Kings, meanwhile, posted a 2-1 victory in Toronto on Tuesday. Dustin Brown recorded both Los Angeles goals and Mathieu Garon made 36 saves in the win at the Air Canada Centre.

Eric Belanger and Mattias Norstrom each had a pair of assists to help Los Angeles end its season-worst four-game losing streak.

Tonight's game begins a three-game homestand for the Kings, who are 10-4 at the Staples Center this year.

This is the first and only meeting of the year between LA and the Hurricanes. Carolina won the last matchup on November 8, 2003 to end a three-game series winless streak.

12/08 10:29:48 ET

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