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Hurricanes look for offensive punch against struggling Coyotes

Phoenix (8-8-1) at Carolina (10-7-2), 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Carolina Hurricanes look

to generate sparks on the offensive end when they put their

two-game winning streak on the line against the Phoenix Coyotes

on Friday.

Carolina has scored two goals or less in each of its last seven

games and has won just three of those contests. The Hurricanes

snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout victory

over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

Two days later, Sergei Samsonov and Ray Whitney scored 3 1/2

minutes apart in the third period and Carolina recorded a

season-high 48 shots in its 2-1 victory over the Montreal

Canadiens.

Cam Ward made 28 saves to anchor the defensive unit, which has

consistently bailed out the struggling offense.

"We got to continue to play with emotion and desperation we've

played the last couple of games," Ward told the Raleigh

Chronicle. "I'm happy for the guys, we've worked really hard,

and we threw everything at their net. A good defense is a good

offense."

Mired in a three-game losing skid, the Coyotes have failed to

convert on the offensive end as well. They have posted three or

less goals in 11 of 17 games this season.

Captain Shane Doan has been an exception lately, recording six

goals and 14 points over his last 11 contests.

Doan scored in Phoenix's 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago

Blackhawks on Tuesday, and assisted on another in its 3-2

shortcoming against the Dallas Stars three days prior.

Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has started 10 consecutive games and

has yielded nine goals in the last three. In the previous seven

contests, he surrendered 12.

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