Los Angeles (7-5-0) at Carolina (3-5-0)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Sat Nov 8, 2003
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The Los Angeles Kings look to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games, while the Carolina Hurricanes try to win consecutive contests for the first time this season when the teams meet at the RBC Center.

Los Angeles won three in a row from Oct. 10-15, but then went on to lose four of its next five before its current winning streak.

The Kings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 7-3 on Nov. 1 in the finale of their seven-game homestand, then began a four-game road trip with consecutive wins over the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Against the Lightning on Thursday, Ziggy Palffy scored with 7.7 seconds left in overtime to lift the Kings to a 1-0 victory.

Los Angeles snapped a six-game winless streak against Tampa Bay after winning for the first time ever at Florida on Wednesday night.

“Considering our record against these Florida teams, certainly to get four points in two nights is a nice boost,” Kings coach Andy Murray said.

Roman Cechmanek made 30 saves for his second shutout of the season for Los Angeles.

“We try to play hard every game,” Cechmanek said. “This is our job, and we did it.”

Carolina got the job done on Thursday night, scoring a season-high in goals with a 6-3 home win over the New York Rangers that snapped its three-game losing streak.

The Hurricanes were averaging an NHL-best 32 shots a game, but they came into the contest with just 21 goals scored.

“We’ve played well enough in the first 10, 11 games to get bounces and we hadn’t,” said Carolina center Rod Brind’Amour, who assisted on Carolina’s last two goals. “This was a game we did.”

Craig Adams led the way with two goals, while Ryan Bayda scored his first in seven games since being recalled from the minors.

“Just the thought that you can (score) is important,” Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. “It lets you stick with what you do. Sometimes winning one 6-5 is better than 1-0 just for confidence.”

STANDINGS (through Nov. 6): Kings - 14 points, 2nd place, 1 PB, Pacific Division. Hurricanes - 10 points, 3rd place (tied), 6 PB, Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Kings - Derek Armstrong, 5 goals; Palffy, 14 assists and 18 points; Sean Avery, 51 PIM. Hurricanes - Josef Vasicek, 7 goals; Jeff O’Neill, 9 assists; Vasicek, O’Neill and Erik Cole, 10 points; Jesse Boulerice, 29 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 6): Kings - Power play: 17.6 percent (13 for 74), 14th in NHL. Penalty killing: 74.5 percent (41 for 55), 30th. Hurricanes - Power play: 9.1 percent (5 for 55), 29th. Penalty killing: 86.5 percent (45 for 52), 5th.

GOALTENDERS: Kings - Cechmanek (6-4-0, 2 SO, 2.31 GAA); Cristobal Huet (1-1-0, 1, 2.03). Hurricanes - Kevin Weekes (3-4-3, 2, 1.96); Jamie Storr (0-1-1, 2.90).

2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Kings, 1-0-1.

LAST MEETING: March 15; 0-0. At Raleigh, N.C., Huet made 30 saves for Los Angeles, and Carolina’s Weekes stopped 23 shots as the teams skated to the draw. It was the Kings’ first scoreless tie on the road since 1977, and the Hurricanes’ first at home since 1987—when they were the Hartford Whalers.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Kings - 4-1-0-0 on the road; Hurricanes - 2-2-1-0 at home.

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