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Saturday, March 1st (All times Eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (26-24-9) at Los Angeles Kings (33-22-6), 4 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings try to post their longest winning streak in over two months on Saturday afternoon as they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to Staples Center.

The Kings have won their first two games following the Olympic break, pushing their overall winning streak to three straight following a 1-8-1 rut. Los Angeles has not won four in a row since claiming six straight victories from Dec. 2-14.

Los Angeles still sits third in the Pacific Division, seven points ahead of Phoenix.

The Kings went into the break having scored just 15 goals in 11 games before notching a 6-4 win at Colorado on Wednesday. The offense went quiet again the following night, but Jonathan Quick's 25-save shutout led his club to a 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames.

Quick notched his fourth shutout of the season and 29th of his career. It was also Los Angeles' 10th shutout as a team this season, one off the record of 11 set in 2011-12.

"The first star of the game was Jonathan, no doubt about it," Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr said of his netminder. "When we were on our heels a little bit, he made the saves we needed him to."

Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist while Dwight King also scored for the Kings.

Quick is likely to make his second start today for the Kings since serving as the No. 1 netminder for Team USA during the Winter Olympics. He faced the Hurricanes for the first time in his career on Oct. 11, making 27 saves in a 2-1 shootout win.

King scored shorthanded in regulation and Jeff Carter had the lone goal of the shootout as Los Angeles beat Carolina for the fourth time in the previous five meetings.

Jeff Skinner scored and Cam Ward stopped 36 shots for the Hurricanes, who have lost five of their past six in Los Angeles.

Ward is 2-0-2 with a 1.69 goals against average in his career versus the Kings and made his first appearance since Dec. 31 in Tuesday's 3-2 setback to Buffalo that began a five-game road trip. Ward had been out with a lower-body ailment.

Carolina coach Kirk Muller on Thursday went back to Anton Khudobin, who is 13-7-0 with a 2.18 GAA this season and has never faced the Kings, and had good words for his netminder despite a 4-1 loss to Dallas that saw the Stars score twice shorthanded.

"He's an elite goalie. He's doing the job every night," said Muller about Khudobin. "He gave us the chance again to stay in this game. He made some amazing, huge saves. But like I said, we just didn't get the goals and give him a chance to win this hockey game tonight."

Khudobin made 30 saves and Eric Staal scored, but the 'Canes lost their third straight and for the fifth time in their last seven games. Carolina also visits Anaheim on Sunday night.

The Hurricanes may be without scoring forward Alexander Semin today as he left Thursday's contest in the second period with a lower-body injury.

Carolina is five points out of third place in the Metropolitan Division.

03/01 10:26:20 ET

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Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
ECU 70
UNC 41
 
Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0
 
Final
KAN 2
DET 3
Final
CHC 8
LOS 7
Final
OAK 0
PHI 3
Final
NYY 3
TOR 6
Final
COL 5
ARI 1
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BAL 7
BOS 2
 
8th
PIT 0
MIL 0
 
9th
TAM 3
CWS 0
 
6th
MIN 2
CLE 7
 
9th
ATL 2
NYM 4
 
Final
HOU 10
SEA 1
9th
MIA 2
WAS 3
 
9th
STL 8
CIN 4
 
5th
SDP 1
SFG 0
 
4th
ANA 3
TEX 0
 
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WISC 68
BGU 17
Final
MSU 73
EMICH 14
Final
VT 24
GT 27
Final
PITT 20
IOWA 24
Final
RICE 42
ODU 45
Final
UGA 66
TROY 0
Final
SYR 20
MD 34
Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
COL 21
HAW 12
Final
AKR 17
MARS 48
Final
WAKE 24
ARMY 21
Final
KU 24
CMICH 10
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ALA 42
UF 21
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FIU 3
LOU 34
Final
ECU 70
UNC 41
 
Final
NAVY 24
RUTG 31
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SMU 6
TEXAM 58
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MICH 10
UTAH 26
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BYU 41
UVA 33
Final
WYO 20
FATL 19
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MIZZ 27
IND 31
Final
PSU 48
UMASS 7
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MINN 24
SJST 7
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ILL 42
TXST 35
 
Final
WASH 45
GASTATE 14
 
4th
SMISS 14
APPST 7
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOL 6
BST 0
4th
OHIO 29
IDAHO 17
 
4th
CIN 31
UMO 24
 
4th
MEM 36
MTST 10
 
4th
LSU 16
MSST 34
 
4th
ARK 45
NILL 14
 
4th
ARKST 7
UTST 14
 
4th
SALABAMA 6
GASO 21
 
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WVU 24
OKLA 31
 
3rd
VANDY 21
SCAR 27
 
3rd
NEB 24
MIAMI 14
 
3rd
NMST 14
NMU 21
 
3rd
HOU 13
UNLV 7
 
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FSU 3
CLEM 10
 
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BSU
LALAF
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WASU
OREG
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SDST
Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0