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PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina Attendance: 17,104
Knights, Hurricanes to meet after going in different directions
Vegas Golden Knights at Carolina Hurricanes
- The Golden Knights lost four of their last six heading into the All-Star break and their bye week, following a seven-game winning streak. They've also suffered back-to-back regulation losses for the first time since November 10-11 (both at home -- against Minnesota on January 21, and Nashville on January 23).
- Max Pacioretty has been scoring in bunches this season -- his last 13 goals have all been either part of a two-goal game or a multi-game scoring streak, like his current three-game goal streak. He has just two four-game streaks in his career.
- Vegas has earned a point in all three of its games against Carolina (2-0-1), including a 3-0 win in November. The Knights' three goal scorers in that game (Brad Hunt, Ryan Reaves, and William Carrier) combined for 31:07 of ice time, the fewest by any goal-scoring trio in a game this season.
- The Hurricanes beat the Canucks, 5-2, on January 23, improving to 9-3-1 since December 31. That record ranks third in the NHL, and their 3.77 goals per game in that span ranks fourth in the league.
- Sebastian Aho, Carolina's lone All-Star representative, is one of five players leading his team outright in goals and assists. His 57 points through 50 team games ranks second in franchise history since the move to Carolina, behind only Eric Staal in 2005-06 (66).
- Carolina leads the league in shots on goal per game and has faced the fewest shots on goal per game. In the last 35 years, only eight teams have accomplished that. Of those eight, six won their division, and four won the Stanley Cup, including the last two to do it (2009-10 Chicago, 2007-08 Detroit).
- Sens hire ex-Leafs asst. Smith as coach
- Isles sign C Nelson for 6 years, $36M
- Marchand avoids injury in scrimmage
- Arbitrator upholds Voynov's suspension
- Pens re-sign D Ruhwedel to 2-year deal
Two teams with extended breaks will be back in action when the Vegas Golden Knights meet the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.
They're coming off the respective layoffs with vastly different types of recent results.
Vegas lost four of six before the NHL All-Star break, unusual slippage for the team.
For the Knights, there's no reason for panic, though a chance to rejuvenate might have been good.
"There's a lot to be encouraged about," Vegas assistant coach Mike Kelly said.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes went 2-0-1 on a road trip before the break.
"They've dug in all year," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "We've pretty much played that way all year, tried to outwork teams."
This will be Carolina's first home game since Jan. 18. The Hurricanes will be home again Sunday before a five-game road stretch.
The Hurricanes might have found something to build on before the break, but Brind'Amour said the team has been consistent in its effort throughout the season.
"We have to play hard for each other," Brind'Amour said. "That's what we have to do to have success."
Carolina has outshot its opponents in the past six games.
"When we're playing right, it seems like we put up a lot of shots," Brind'Amour said. "That's our style."
The break might have come at a good time for Vegas, which had some solid performances but wasn't getting the results it wanted.
"I don't know that anybody is totally healthy throughout the course of the season," Kelly said. "I know that the break is going to be good for our guys. Mentally, they'll get a reset."
The Golden Knights are at the beginning of a four-game road trip. Their confidence hasn't waned considering they had a seven-game winning streak in place less than a month ago.
"We know we're right there," Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt said.
Vegas won 3-0 against Carolina on Nov. 3 with goalie Marc-Andre Fleury delivering a 34-save shutout. Last weekend, Fleury was a participant in the NHL All-Star Game.
Carolina's lone All-Star selection was center Sebastian Aho.
Through 50 games, Aho has 35 assists, putting him one short of his single-season career high.
Meanwhile, Carolina's Justin Faulk is one point shy of passing Dave Babych for the most career points by a defenseman in franchise history. Faulk has 240 career points.
In last season's visit to Raleigh, Vegas posted a 5-1 victory.
The Golden Knights made a couple of roster moves, calling up defenseman Jake Bischoff and goalie Maxime Lagace from the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves. Bischoff, 24, has yet to play in an NHL game.
The Hurricanes have brought back defenseman Haydn Fleury from Charlotte of the AHL.
Carolina also had off-ice news during the layoff, with left winger Jordan Martinook agreeing to a two-year contract extension. Martinook, who's in his first season with the Hurricanes, has 10 goals this season after notching only six goals in 81 games for the Arizona Coyotes last season.
--Field Level Media
Updated January 31, 2019