Carolina (25-21-5) at Vancouver (22-20-8) 10:00 p.m. EST
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) — GM Place has been a
house of horrors for the Vancouver Canucks.
The Canucks look to end a nine-game home losing streak when they
host the surging Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.
Vancouver closed January with a 0-5-3 record over its final
eight games, and its last win was a 4-2 victory over the
Edmonton Oilers on January 7.
The recent slide has everything to do with the Canucks’ skid at
home, which is two games shy of the franchise record set in the
team’s inaugural 1970-71 season.
Vancouver failed to win a game at GM Place in January, last
forging a victory on home ice in a 3-0 triumph over the Ottawa
Senators on December 28.
Roberto Luongo’s return from a groin injury has not helped the
Canucks, as the team captain is 0-2-3 with a 3.70 goals-against
average during his last five games.
Vancouver will have trouble ending its slump against the
Hurricanes, who are aiming for their third straight win.
Cam Ward made 19 saves and Matt Cullen scored a goal and set up
another as Carolina blanked the Atlanta Thrashers, 2-0, on
Saturday in a battle of Southeast Division rivals.
The 24-year-old Ward turned aside four shots in both the first
and third periods while stopping 11 shots in the second to notch
his third shutout of the season and ninth career as the
Hurricanes improved to 4-1-0 in their last five games.