NHL Hockey

Knights, Hurricanes to meet after going in different directions

Two teams with extended breaks will be back in action when the Vegas Golden Knights meet the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

They're coming off the respective layoffs with vastly different types of recent results.

Vegas lost four of six before the NHL All-Star break, unusual slippage for the team.

For the Knights, there's no reason for panic, though a chance to rejuvenate might have been good.

"There's a lot to be encouraged about," Vegas assistant coach Mike Kelly said.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes went 2-0-1 on a road trip before the break.

"They've dug in all year," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "We've pretty much played that way all year, tried to outwork teams."

This will be Carolina's first home game since Jan. 18. The Hurricanes will be home again Sunday before a five-game road stretch.

The Hurricanes might have found something to build on before the break, but Brind'Amour said the team has been consistent in its effort throughout the season.

"We have to play hard for each other," Brind'Amour said. "That's what we have to do to have success."

Carolina has outshot its opponents in the past six games.

"When we're playing right, it seems like we put up a lot of shots," Brind'Amour said. "That's our style."

The break might have come at a good time for Vegas, which had some solid performances but wasn't getting the results it wanted.

"I don't know that anybody is totally healthy throughout the course of the season," Kelly said. "I know that the break is going to be good for our guys. Mentally, they'll get a reset."

The Golden Knights are at the beginning of a four-game road trip. Their confidence hasn't waned considering they had a seven-game winning streak in place less than a month ago.

"We know we're right there," Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt said.

Vegas won 3-0 against Carolina on Nov. 3 with goalie Marc-Andre Fleury delivering a 34-save shutout. Last weekend, Fleury was a participant in the NHL All-Star Game.

Carolina's lone All-Star selection was center Sebastian Aho.

Through 50 games, Aho has 35 assists, putting him one short of his single-season career high.

Meanwhile, Carolina's Justin Faulk is one point shy of passing Dave Babych for the most career points by a defenseman in franchise history. Faulk has 240 career points.

In last season's visit to Raleigh, Vegas posted a 5-1 victory.

The Golden Knights made a couple of roster moves, calling up defenseman Jake Bischoff and goalie Maxime Lagace from the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves. Bischoff, 24, has yet to play in an NHL game.

The Hurricanes have brought back defenseman Haydn Fleury from Charlotte of the AHL.

Carolina also had off-ice news during the layoff, with left winger Jordan Martinook agreeing to a two-year contract extension. Martinook, who's in his first season with the Hurricanes, has 10 goals this season after notching only six goals in 81 games for the Arizona Coyotes last season.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 31, 2019

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