Hurricanes-Canucks Preview

Fresh off what their coach described as their best performance,

the Carolina Hurricanes look to extend their longest win streak of

the season to four games.

That would mean getting two points in a city where they haven’t

won in over 14 years, however.

The Hurricanes try to end a five-game losing streak in Vancouver

on Monday night when they take on the Canucks.

Carolina (13-12-5) hasn’t lost since a 3-2 home defeat to

Vancouver on Dec. 1. The Hurricanes have scored at least four goals

in each game of their winning streak after tallying four-plus goals

only three times in their first 27 contests.

Their four third-period goals in Friday’s 5-3 victory over San

Jose marked their most in a single 20-minute frame this season.

Elias Lindholm – the fifth overall pick in June’s draft – had a

goal and two assists for his first multi-point game.

They had been 1-8-2 when trailing after two periods.

“That has got to be a big confidence builder for our guys

tonight – to beat a team like that who we have a lot of respect for

tonight,” coach Kirk Muller said.

Limiting shots has also been a big key for Carolina during the

win streak with the club holding opponents to an average of 24.7

compared to 31.5 previously.

The Hurricanes have also won their last three away from home,

however, they’ve lost eight of their last nine trips to Vancouver,

including five in a row since Oct. 15, 1999.

The Canucks (17-10-5) also come in playing well.

Their four-game win streak started by beating Carolina last

week, and Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Colorado marked their fifth win

in six contests. Roberto Luongo made 28 saves, coming up eight

seconds shy of his third shutout when he allowed a late goal to

Jamie McGinn.

Vancouver extended its lead with two early third-period scores,

a fitting response to coach John Tortorella’s criticism after

Friday’s 3-2 overtime win over Phoenix.

“I am happy we won, but I can’t stand the way we won,”

Tortorella had said after his team surrendered two third-period

goals against the Coyotes.

Mike Santorelli had two goals Sunday, and has seven points in

his last six games. He has scored eight times after tallying two

goals in 34 games last season.

His linemates also played well with Ryan Kesler scoring his

team-leading 15th goal and Chris Higgins recording two assists.

“They are two unbelievable players to play with, and it’s nice

playing with two guys like that,” Santorelli said. “You learn a lot

from them. We are communicating with each other on the bench and

letting each other know where we are and things like that, and it’s

been fun.”

Kesler had two goals in last week’s meeting, and five scores in

the last four games. He has seven points in his last five games

against Carolina.

Henrik Sedin has eight assists over his last five matchups.

Luongo, who has a 1.31 goals-against average in winning his last

three starts, didn’t play against the Hurricanes last week. He is

4-4-1 in his last nine starts versus Carolina, allowing at least

three goals eight times.

Carolina hasn’t won four straight road games since winning five

in a row to end the 2010-2011 season.