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Saturday, March 1st
(All times Eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (26-24-9) at Los Angeles Kings (33-22-6), 4 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings try to post their longest winning
streak in over two months on Saturday afternoon as they welcome the Carolina
Hurricanes to Staples Center.
The Kings have won their first two games following the Olympic break, pushing
their overall winning streak to three straight following a 1-8-1 rut. Los
Angeles has not won four in a row since claiming six straight victories from
Los Angeles still sits third in the Pacific Division, seven points ahead of
The Kings went into the break having scored just 15 goals in 11 games before
notching a 6-4 win at Colorado on Wednesday. The offense went quiet again the
following night, but Jonathan Quick's 25-save shutout led his club to a 2-0
win over the Calgary Flames.
Quick notched his fourth shutout of the season and 29th of his career. It was
also Los Angeles' 10th shutout as a team this season, one off the record of 11
set in 2011-12.
"The first star of the game was Jonathan, no doubt about it," Kings defenseman
Robyn Regehr said of his netminder. "When we were on our heels a little bit,
he made the saves we needed him to."
Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist while Dwight King also scored for the
Quick is likely to make his second start today for the Kings since serving as
the No. 1 netminder for Team USA during the Winter Olympics. He faced the
Hurricanes for the first time in his career on Oct. 11, making 27 saves in a
2-1 shootout win.
King scored shorthanded in regulation and Jeff Carter had the lone goal of the
shootout as Los Angeles beat Carolina for the fourth time in the previous five
Jeff Skinner scored and Cam Ward stopped 36 shots for the Hurricanes, who have
lost five of their past six in Los Angeles.
Ward is 2-0-2 with a 1.69 goals against average in his career versus the Kings
and made his first appearance since Dec. 31 in Tuesday's 3-2 setback to
Buffalo that began a five-game road trip. Ward had been out with a lower-body
Carolina coach Kirk Muller on Thursday went back to Anton Khudobin, who is
13-7-0 with a 2.18 GAA this season and has never faced the Kings, and had good
words for his netminder despite a 4-1 loss to Dallas that saw the Stars score
"He's an elite goalie. He's doing the job every night," said Muller about
Khudobin. "He gave us the chance again to stay in this game. He made some
amazing, huge saves. But like I said, we just didn't get the goals and give
him a chance to win this hockey game tonight."
Khudobin made 30 saves and Eric Staal scored, but the 'Canes lost their third
straight and for the fifth time in their last seven games. Carolina also
visits Anaheim on Sunday night.
The Hurricanes may be without scoring forward Alexander Semin today as he left
Thursday's contest in the second period with a lower-body injury.
Carolina is five points out of third place in the Metropolitan Division.
03/01 10:26:20 ET