As comfortable on the road as they are at home, the Carolina Hurricanes bring the NHL’s best road record to the table when they visit the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
The Hurricanes, who are in the midst of a six-game road trip, are 7-1-0 away from Raleigh this season. Their latest feat came Thursday with a win against the Anaheim Ducks, snapping Anaheim’s eight-game winning streak.
“I think the guys come to play and for the year I think we’ve had one stinker,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “(Thursday) was a stinker to start but we got to our game and our goalie kept us in it.”
Carolina brings a three-game winning streak to Saturday’s tilt against the Kings and has won eight of its past 10 games overall.
Hurricanes rookie Seth Jarvis hasn’t looked out of place in his first NHL campaign, with three goals in eight games while skating on the team’s top line with Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov.
Jarvis scored the game-winner for Carolina against Anaheim after he was stopped on a penalty shot early in the third period.
“It’s awesome. To help the team win is huge,” said the 19-year-old, who was selected 13th overall by the Hurricanes in the 2020 NHL Draft. “Missing that penalty shot kind of sucked, so I was happy to get one back for the boys. I was happy for us to get two points.”
The Kings head into the matchup looking to get back to their winning ways. Los Angeles has lost two straight after a seven-game winning streak, scoring only two goals in their past two outings.
With the offense hitting a dry spell, Kings coach Todd McLellan tweaked his lines at practice Thursday, hoping to find a spark. Adrian Kempe moved up to the top line with Anze Kopitar and Viktor Arvidsson, while veteran Dustin Brown slid in next to Rasmus Kupari and Trevor Moore.
“I think we had a bit more of an offensively focused day (Thursday). I think they’re going to go in, you just have to keep at it and bear down,” Moore said. “The more that you don’t put them in, the more you really focus on them when they come to you. As a group, I think we’re going to get there, too many talented guys not to.”
McLellan pointed out the Kings’ top line has been producing fewer scoring chances of late.
“So we’ve got to shake the tree a little bit,” McLellan said. “Sometimes the more you work on it, the tighter the guys squeeze the stick. … Instead of naturally reading what’s there, they begin to think, and they squeeze the sticks. We’ve got to be careful. In and around the blue paint, we worked on some of that stuff.”
It’s the second game of a seven-game homestand for the Kings, who are 5-3-0 on home ice.
–Field Level Media