The Hurricanes (28-23-7) are winless in three straight home games (0-2-1) for the first time since a five-game drought from Feb. 19-March 10, 2004. – Associated Press Historically, hockey hasn’t made much of an impact in England. The country did not qualify for the Olympic men’s tournament although Great Britain does have a 10-team professional league that includes teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. One published report indicated the Kings’ potential partner in the London venture could be the Ducks, who played two games in Tokyo against the Vancouver Canucks at the start of the 1997-98 season. Vancouver and Calgary played the next year in Tokyo, but international NHL games have not been played since. The NFL played a game in Mexico City in 2005 and will open its 2007 season in London. Major League Baseball opened its 2004 season with a series in Tokyo. The NBA has been perhaps the most proactive about promoting its sport internationally, most recently when the Clippers conducted their training camp in Moscow before this season. The weariness of international travel has been cited as one reason the Clippers have struggled this season, but it’s likely that the Kings would have at least a week of rest before they resumed their season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Is it possible that the Kings might have an audience with the queen this fall? The Kings are exploring the possibility of playing the first two games of the 2007-08 season in London, which would be the first NHL games ever played in Europe. Details remain scarce because the idea is still in the discussion stage, but the league would like to expand its international fan base and if London is the destination, the Kings would be an obvious choice. Anschutz Entertainment Group, the Kings’ parent company, is redeveloping an arena in London that is scheduled to open in July, and AEG’s international reach in the sporting world is well known. In addition to its well-documented import of David Beckham to the Galaxy, AEG also controls five professional hockey teams in Europe and a share of a soccer team in Sweden. KINGS TODAYKings at Carolina Faceoff: 4 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C. TV/Radio: FSN West; 1150-AM. Matchup: The Kings (19-30-9) have recorded pointsin a season-best five straight games, including their most impressive win of the season Saturday, scoring three second-period goals en route to a 4-1 victory at Nashville that ended the Predators’ franchise-record eight-game home win streak.