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Hurricanes seek more success on power play

Carolina (16-14-5) at Atlanta (12-18-4), 7:30 p.m. EST

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Carolina Hurricanes have been struggling

on the road and their shoddy power play has not helped matters.

Coming off another deflating setback away from home, the

Hurricanes look to end their four-game road trip on a good note

against the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday.

Trudging through a 1-2-2 stretch in its last five road contests,

Carolina suffered a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

In that game, its 22nd-ranked power-play unit was held scoreless

over four opportunities against Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom.

The Hurricanes have converted only 15.1 percent of their chances

with the man advantage - better than only four teams in the

Eastern Conference.

Ray Whitney had a goal and an assist, giving him a four-game

points streak. He has also scored at least one point in nine of

his last 10 games.

Mike Leighton stopped 20 shots but fell to 1-5-2 in his last

eight outings.

Atlanta is fresh off Tuesday's 4-2 victory over the New York

Islanders that saw Ilya Kovalchuk notch his 500th career point

in as many NHL career games.

Kovalchuk assisted on Bryan Little's power-play goal to give the

Thrashers a lead they would not relinquish.

They are 1-3-1 at home in December.


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