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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ETNaN:� BRT, February 17, 2017
PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina  Attendance: 11,456

Hurricanes return from break to host Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche at Carolina Hurricanes

  1. Colorado lost, 2-0, in Buffalo last night, and has now dropped five straight games overall -- its fifth losing streak of five or more games this season. The Avs are 3-4-0 in the second of back-to-back tilts in 2016-17.
  2. Carolina was waxed, 5-2, in Dallas six days ago, losing back-to-back games heading into its "bye", while allowing five goals in each setback. The Hurricanes haven't allowed 5+ markers in three straight games since October 28-November 1, 2009.
  3. Tonight marks the first of two meetings between the Avs and Canes in 2016-17 (will play again March 7 at Pepsi Center). Carolina has defeated Colorado six straight times at PNC Arena, with each of the last five triumphs coming by a single tally.
  4. Nathan MacKinnon went without a shot on goal last night for just the fourth time of the 2016-17 campaign. MacKinnon has a team-high 183 SOG on the season (sixth most in the Western Conference).
  5. Elias Lindholm had two helpers in the Canes' last game before their "bye", giving him seven assists in his last five skates, and a team-best 22 on the year. Lindholm has 11 points (2g, 9a) in his last nine games at PNC Arena (since December 23).
  6. Colorado has been shut out nine times in 2016-17 -- most of any team in the league, and tied for the third most in any season in franchise history (shut out 12 times in 2008-09 and 10 times in 2001-02).

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes are counting on their time off providing a lift as they return to action Friday night to begin a five-game homestand.

The opponent at PNC Arena will be the Colorado Avalanche, the worst team in the NHL.

"When you take five days off, you're going to sink a little in the standings," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "Now you have to make sure you win on a consistent basis. ... We're going to make up some games in hand. You have to play good."

The Hurricanes (24-22-7) were off this week, so a layoff since Saturday's loss in Dallas has been time to recoup and gear up for what must be a strong final two months if they're going to break through and make the Eastern Conference playoffs.

"When we skate and are good on the forecheck, we're at our best," Peters said. "There's definitely some challenges. I believe in the group."

The Hurricanes have work to do after a recent rough stretch despite picking up six of a possible 10 points in the five-game span prior to the five-day layoff.

"We're trying to get some consistent (play)," Peters said.

The Avalanche (15-38-2) suffered their fifth consecutive loss with Thursday night's 2-0 setback at Buffalo.

"Just being in games isn't what we're looking for," Colorado forward Matt Duchene said. "We're looking to win games. There's things we have to do better."

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said he tried to mix up the team's routine at times in order to break out of the slump. Much of what's being emphasized is of a learning nature, but that doesn't mean the outcome of games hasn't taken a toll.

"We can't worry about the last few games now," Bednar said.

The matchup in Raleigh pits two teams occupying last place in their respective divisions. The Hurricanes lost their last two games.

"It's a results-based business," Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard said. "We can definitely play better so we have to find a way to win."

Friday's game wraps up a stretch of five road games in a seven-day stretch for Colorado, so the Avalanche has been considerably busier than the Hurricanes.

"We've been offensively challenged this trip," Duchene said, with the team managing a total of six goals during the five-game skid.

For Carolina, now is the time to get after it and this might be the ideal opponent coming off the idle time and in need of an immediate jump-start. Peters said he's aware some teams have had trouble coming out of similar layoffs.

"This is the start to a five-game segment," Peters said. "We have to play our best hockey of the season."

Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla posted 26 points in 25 games against the Hurricanes. Carolina center Jordan Staal has compiled 12 points in 11 career games against Colorado.

Carolina won its last six home games against the Avalanche. The teams meet again next month in Denver.

Updated February 17, 2017

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