Minnesota (33-23-1) at Carolina (19-34-6)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Fri Mar 7, 2003
  • TV: WRAZ
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RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA (TICKER)—The Carolina Hurricanes seek consecutive wins for the first time in over two months when they host the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

Carolina last posted consecutive victories on December 20-22, when it beat Atlanta and Dallas. A 1-0 win over Dallas moved the Hurricanes to a 15-12-5-3 mark.

But the Hurricanes are just 4-22-4-3 since then and have dropped out of playoff contention.

Carolina ended a nine-game winless streak and a 15-game road winless slide with a 4-0 victory at Pittsburgh on Thursday. Jeff O’Neill scored his 25th and 26th goals and Kevin Weekes recorded his third shutout of the season.

Minnesota comes into Friday’s contest tied with Anaheim for sixth place in the Western Conference. It has 76 points, four more than eighth-place Edmonton.

The Wild are 4-1-1 in their six games following a three-game losing streak and 8-5-1 since the All-Star break.

Most of Minnesota’s recent success has been with Marian Gaborik struggling. He leads them with 28 goals and 54 points, but has just three points in his last 11 games.

In Thursday’s 2-2 tie at Nashville, Sergei Zholtok and Pascal Dupuis scored in a 3:17 span of the second period as the Wild had 20 shots in the period.

Gaborik missed Minnesota’s 2-1 home win over the Hurricanes with the flu. But the Wild got first-period goals from Cliff Ronning and defenseman Filip Kuba for their first win in four all-time meetings (1-2-1).

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