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Saturday, December 14th (All times Eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (13-13-7) at Phoenix Coyotes (18-8-5), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Hurricanes only have one more chance to pick up a victory on their four-game road trip, which comes to a close on Saturday night against the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Hurricanes had won three in a row prior to this swing out west, but have gone 0-1-2 on the trip, dropping back-to-back overtime decisions in Edmonton and Calgary following a 2-0 loss at Vancouver on Dec. 9.

Carolina was bested 2-1 by the Flames on Thursday, with Calgary getting the winner with less than four seconds to go in overtime. Justin Peters made 28 saves.

Jeff Skinner scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes, but was also denied on a penalty shot with 5:25 left in the third period after getting hooked from behind during 4-on-4 play. His attempt to beat Karri Ramo five hole was denied.

"I tried to open him up but he didn't really bite on my fake. I probably shouldn't have forced it in there," Skinner said.

Carolina did get forward Alexander Semin back from a concussion that sidelined him for 12 straight games and he logged three shots in just under 21 minutes of action. However, rookie center Elias Lindholm suffered an undisclosed injury on a hard hit in the first period and did not return.

The Coyotes are playing without captain Shane Doan, who leads the club with 12 goals. He sat out for a third straight game on Thursday due to illness and it is unknown when he will be able to return to action.

The rest of the Phoenix offense picked up the slack in a 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders, with Rob Klinkhammer posting two goals and an assist.

Mike Ribeiro added a goal and two helpers and Mikkel Boedker scored twice. Mike Smith, returning from a bout with the flu, gave up three goals on 24 shots in the victory, the Coyotes' second straight following a 2-4-2 skid.

"Everyone can chip in here and everyone can score," said Ribeiro. "The defense likes to chip in, too, so it can make matching up against us hard on other teams."

Klinkhammer scored twice in a 5-3 win over the hosting Hurricanes back on Oct. 13. Doan had a goal and an assist and Smith stopped 31 shots to improve to 3-6-3 with a 3.05 goals against average in his career versus Carolina.

The win moved Phoenix to 3-0-1 in its past four versus the Hurricanes, but Carolina has won two straight in Phoenix.

Skinner, Eric Staal and Riley Nash had the goals for the 'Canes, while Cam Ward made nine saves on 12 shots in relief to take the loss. He took over for Anton Khudobin, who suffered a lower-body injury.

Ward is 3-4-0 with a 3.68 GAA lifetime against the Coyotes.

12/14 10:25:47 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
1st OT
CHA 88
CHI 81
 
13th
DUR 5
NOR 6
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
9th
PHI 0
ATL 1
 
7th
NYY 2
CHC 0
 
7th
DET 1
CLE 3
 
8th
MIA 3
WAS 6
 
5th
TEX 0
SEA 2
 
4th
CWS 1
BOS 1
 
4th
HOU 2
KAN 2
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
1st OT
CHA 88
CHI 81
 
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
 
3rd
MIL 70
ATL 69
 
3rd
CLE 66
BRK 55
 
3rd
MEM 55
DAL 55
 
3rd
OKC 59
DET 59
 
3rd
NOP 62
HOU 60
 
3rd
SAN 71
LAL 80
 
3rd
MIA 53
PHI 55
 
3rd
NYK 54
TOR 59
 
3rd
MIN 59
UTA 67
 
3rd
BOS 70
WAS 76
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
3rd
TAM 3
MON 4
 
2nd Intermission
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
13th
DUR 5
NOR 6