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Canucks aim to end home skid against Hurricanes

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.


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