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Posted On Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 1:22 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Capitals come to grips with missing postseason

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The mood was gloomy in the Washington Capitals locker room after the morning skate, about 12 hours after the Capitals were eliminated from contention for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The combination of a Columbus Blue Jackets win and a shootout loss by the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday pushed Washington out of picture.

"Obviously, it's a hard day to be a pro," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. "We're all very disappointed of course. It's about us. We didn't get the job done. We've got to be better as coaches, we've got to be better as players."

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Posted On Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 1:33 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Stars enjoying late-season playoff run

RALEIGH, N.C. -- More than 22 years since making his NHL debut, Dallas Stars forward Ray Whitney has gained some insight into how the regular season typically unfolds. With Dallas scrambling to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the veteran is more than happy to share his wisdom.

"For the majority of teams, you play 70 games just to care about the last 12 of the season," Whitney said.

The Stars sit in the second wild-card position in the Western Conference heading into their game with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. Each of their final seven games will have playoff implications, with the Phoenix Coyotes in pursuit. Phoenix also has 85 points, but Dallas has two games in hand. They play each other in their season finale on April 13 in Arizona.

"You scoreboard watch and do all those things that bring the intensity up," Whitney said. "It feels a little more competitive on a nightly basis. Your mistakes get magnified, the goals you score get magnified. But when you score them and how you score them become a little less relevant."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 1:08 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blue Jackets' McElhinney to start again: report

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney will start against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, according to a report by Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

Sergei Bobrovsky, who didn't dress for a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night due to flu symptoms, will serve as the backup.

Columbus reassigned goalie Mike McKenna to the Springfield Falcons on Friday night.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 1:06 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Hurricanes believe playoffs remain possible

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Coming off a 3-2 road win against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, the Carolina Hurricanes are clinging to the fringe of Stanley Cup Playoff contention in the Eastern Conference. And as long as they are, coach Kirk Muller expects to see Carolina's best.

"There's a lot of fight left in our guys," Muller said. "Our basic message from the Olympics on has been, 'One game at a time.' With the exception of one or two games we feel like we've been playing really good hockey. There's still an avenue to make [the playoffs]. And as long as there is, let's keep slugging it out."

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Posted On Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 12:54 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sabres get Sulzer back, start Neuvirth in goal

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan said defenseman Alexander Sulzer will return to the lineup against the Carolina Hurricanes after missing two games with a lower-body injury.

Goaltender Michal Neuvirth will make his second start since being acquired from the Washington Capitals on March 5.

After putting the Sabres through skating drills and addressing their work ethic in practice Wednesday, Nolan made a point of saying he is not down on the team.

"They're not bad. They're not tanking," he said. "It was designed to remind them that we have to work every day. Whether we're in first place or last place, it doesn't matter. It's how you prepare yourself."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 1:19 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Dorsett returns to Rangers lineup against Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Looking for a third win in a row, the New York Rangers will make one change against the Carolina Hurricanes: forward Derek Dorsett will take Daniel Carcillo's spot in the lineup.

Dorsett has played in two of the past five games after missing 18 with a broken fibula sustained Jan. 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"They're both the same type of player," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "They bring energy, physicality. I just want to get Dorsett in. He's been out for a long time. He was playing on a regular basis before his injury. I just think we've got a lot of hockey coming up here and we need to put Dorsett in."

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Posted On Friday, 03.07.2014 / 12:54 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Zuccarello expected back for Rangers

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The New York Rangers will try to snap a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) when they face the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday.

Forward Mats Zuccarello is expected to return to the New York lineup after sustaining a broken hand during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He has missed the first four games since the Rangers returned from the break.

Newly acquired forward Martin St. Louis will play his second game for the Rangers, who did not skate Friday morning. He recorded three shots in his debut Tuesday, playing on a line with Carl Hagelin and Brad Richards.

The Hurricanes come off a 3-2 overtime win against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, snapping a five-game losing streak.

"We want to play a fast game here [Friday] and build off the game against San Jose, which is arguably our best game of the year," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. "I thought our compete level was real high. We put pucks in an area where we were able to retrieve them and we were able to spend a lot of time in the offensive zone."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.08.2014 / 9:31 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Pacioretty: I'm going to Sochi

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty said he's going to the Sochi Olympics despite leaving the game Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes with 7:30 remaining in the first period after being checked into the goal post.

"I'm OK. I'm going to Sochi," the U.S. Olympian said in the dressing room after Montreal's 4-1 victory. NHL players taking part in the Games are scheduled to fly to Russia on Sunday.

Pacioretty drove hard to the net and was hit by Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore. He appeared to be favoring his left forearm as he skated slowly to the dressing room. He didn't return, and the Canadiens announced during the second period that Pacioretty had sustained a lower-body injury.

The 25-year-old has a team-leading 26 goals and 11 assists for Montreal this season.

"It's a play I make often," Pacioretty said. "I went in a little bit awkwardly. I banged up my arm and my hip. I was very worried at first. It was tough to breath and I was having (back) spasms. Once that went away, I was feeling a lot better. I got a lot of treatment during the game and I'm feeling a lot better."

Pacioretty didn't hesitate when asked if he was certain to be ready for the Olympics. He expected some lingering bruising, but otherwise felt he avoided a more serious injury.

"I think I got lucky," he said. "It could have been a lot worse."

Pacioretty is one of seven Canadiens who will compete in Sochi.

"If he was to miss that, it would be a terrible loss," said Montreal goalie Carey Price, who will play for Canada. "It's a very cool life experience to take part in."

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Posted On Friday, 02.07.2014 / 12:10 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Muller wants to see Hurricanes' offense get aggressive

RALEIGH, N.C. -- When the Carolina Hurricanes face the Florida Panthers on Friday, they will look for a little more grit from the power play and a little less emphasis on style points.

The Hurricanes have fallen to 28th in the NHL with a 14.1-percent success rate on the man-advantage. They have three power-play goals in their past nine games.

"We've got to attack the net more," coach Kirk Muller said. "We're too much of a perimeter power play, looking for the nice plays and it just doesn't happen. [We need to be] more direct, have more urgency."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 1:14 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Maurice sees Jets responding to success

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice has 10 games under his belt since taking over Jan. 12. The Jets' 8-2-0 mark ties the best 10-game stretch in franchise history.

As a result the Jets have gone from the far edges of the Stanley Cup Playoff chase to just four points behind the eighth-place Vancouver Canucks. Mauricehas managed to get the most out of his new team without an overhaul.

"In the games toward the end when the coach is in trouble, you can see it in the players' body language," Maurice said. "But here they were going, they were trying. They just needed a little adjustment, a little refocus. There were a lot of good things in the Winnipeg Jets' game and we tried to keep those."

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Posted On Friday, 01.31.2014 / 12:58 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blues' Hitchcock matches wits against former pupil

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The St. Louis Blues will aim for a fourth straight win and a share of the Central Division lead Friday when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes. With 77 points, the Blues trail the Chicago Blackhawks by two points and also have four games in hand.

St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock will match wits with Carolina counterpart Kirk Muller, who played for Hitchcock with the Dallas Stars. Hitchcock had no problem admitting the coaching matchup feels awkward.

"It's hard for me to look at Kirk as anything but a player yet," Hitchcock said. "When you're looking at a guy that's played for you, and you've had such a unique relationship and so much success with them, it's hard for me to look at him as a guy you've got to coach against. It looks like a friend who happens to be standing on the other team's bench."

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Posted On Monday, 01.27.2014 / 1:30 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Winning 'contagious' for Hurricanes, Blue Jackets

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes have played themselves into the thick of the Eastern Conference race on the strength of winning streaks.

The Blue Jackets saw their eight-game streak snapped in a 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, but they will have the chance to recapture the feeling against the Hurricanes on Monday.

"It's contagious," Columbus forward Nathan Horton said. "You come to the rink and you know you're going to win. That's the good feeling about winning. When you lose after a long streak, you want to get back on the horse and in the win column."

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Posted On Saturday, 01.25.2014 / 9:00 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Methot back for Senators for early start

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Ottawa Senators will try to overcome two frustrating trends when they face the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at noon.

In games that start before 7 p.m., the Senators are 1-7-2 this season. Then there is the issue of playing at Carolina, where the Hurricanes are 10-0-1 against the Senators in the past 11 games.

Ottawa defenseman Marc Methot is expected to return to the lineup after sitting out the past two games.

Carolina forward Patrick Dwyer will miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury.

Here are the projected lineups:

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Posted On Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 4:45 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Lightning's Hedman injured, out against Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman injured his right ankle in a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday and did not return. He was ruled out Sunday against theCarolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes appeared to emerge healthy after their 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Goaltender Anton Khudobin made his seventh straight start, but coach Kirk Mullerdidn't tip his hand on his starter Sunday. Backup goalie Justin Peters has not played since a Dec. 27 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins and will get the call against the Lightning.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 1:33 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Hurricanes hope reunited top line solves scoring woes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes will try to break a scoring drought that has resulted in back-to-back shutout losses against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Calgary Flames when they face the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

To address their scoring issues the Hurricanes have reunited Jiri TlustyEric Staal and Alexander Semin, the team's top line from last season. This season the trio has combined for 22 goals through 46 games; last season they had 54.

"I just want them to be one of our hardest working lines. That's all," coach Kirk Muller said Saturday morning. "They're capable of scoring and making plays. But if they put the work ethic into it -- discipline, short shifts and play hard -- hey, they might score this weekend, they might not. But when it finally kicks in, they've got the chemistry to be a very potent line."

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Posted On Monday, 01.13.2014 / 1:22 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames minus Cammalleri; Hurricanes will have Staal

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Already struggling for offensive production, the Calgary Flames will be without Mike Cammalleri against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday after he sustained a concussion against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

"That's tough news for Cammalleri and for us," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. "We all know what he represents for us. That's part of our business."

Cammalleri's 13 goals lead the Flames, who have scored one goal during their current three-game losing streak. Ben Street, who played eight games with Calgary at the start of the season, has been recalled from Abbotsford of the American Hockey League. He had one assist in his previous stint with the Flames.

"Don't make too much of the lines because [Monday] you might see a full buffet of lines," Hartley said. "We have a little overload at center so we will try some different combinations."

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Posted On Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 1:53 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Leafs' Gleason, Hurricanes' Liles face former team

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Defenseman Tim Gleason, traded from the Carolina Hurricanes to the Toronto Maple Leafs just eight days ago, is back in the place he called home for eight years, as the two teams meet Thursday night at PNC Arena. It didn't take long to tap into the awkward vibe so many players experience when they return to face their former teams.

"I got to stay home last night," said Gleason, who played his first game with Toronto on Tuesday. "I drove my truck to practice today. I saw my ex-boss, [general manager] Jim Rutherford. I kind of followed him all the way to the rink. I don't think he saw me. Kind of a small world."

Gleason then parked in the players' lot, but a good distance from the Carolina players. It's all part of the separation that goes with moving to a new club.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 1:24 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Gunnarsson, Clarkson game-time calls for Leafs

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Toronto Maple Leafs lineup will be in a holding pattern until game time Thursday night.

Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (elbow) and forward David Clarkson (lower body) left the Jan. 4 game against the New York Rangers, but Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle was hoping to have at least one of the two back in the lineup to face the Carolina Hurricanes.

"Obviously there has been some improvement, but we will have to wait until after the warm-up whether they give us the heads up on whether they can go," Carlyle said. "They would both like to take the time between now and then and test it again in warm-up."

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Posted On Sunday, 01.05.2014 / 5:26 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Captain Staal out for Hurricanes against Predators

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes will be without captain Eric Staal on Sunday night against the Nashville Predators, and perhaps for five or six days, according to Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller.

Staal, who is missing just his second game since the start of the 2010-11 season, left the game Saturday night against the New York Islanders in the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return. The Carolina captain might have initially sustained the injury Thursday night against the Washington Capitals.

The Hurricanes have recalled forward Aaron Palushaj from the Charlotte Checkers to fill Staal's spot in the lineup, although Palushaj will play on the wing.

Without Staal and injured center Riley Nash, the Hurricanes will piece together their lineup down the middle. Muller said he is likely to rely on Tuomo Ruutu and Jeff Skinner, who both have played center for Carolina. Over the past three games, the Hurricanes have often used three centers and four sets of wingers.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.05.2014 / 10:54 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Staal could be out for Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes returned to Raleigh Saturday night following a 3-2 road win against the New York Islanders, extending their winning streak to three games.

Hurricanes captain Eric Staal left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return. The Hurricanes captain has missed only one game since the start of the 2010-11 and head coach Kirk Muller gave no update on his status following Carolina's win.

The Nashville Predators lost 5-4 to the Florida Panthers in a shootout Saturday night in Sunrise, Fla. The Predators have earned points in four straight games (2-0-2).

Here are the projected lineups for the Predators and Hurricanes.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 1:21 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Hurricanes coach Muller: 'We've got to win'

RALEIGH, N.C. -- One day after Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said he's been working the phones in pursuit of a trade, the Hurricanes had a quiet morning skate in preparation for their game Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Carolina has won just one of its previous nine games (1-4-4). Rutherford also met with coach Kirk Muller on Monday.

"I had a good chat with him yesterday. Everything was good," Muller said. "We've got to win. I'm comfortable with it. That's what we're in this game for. Our better players have to play better. They know that. That gives us a better chance to win, like any hockey club. But there's more positives around here than negatives."

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Posted On Friday, 12.20.2013 / 1:50 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Capitals, Hurricanes face tough decisions in net

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes each had to make a tough goaltending decision ahead of their game Friday night.

The Capitals have three healthy goaltenders, Braden Holtby, Michal Neuvirth and Philipp Grubauer, leaving coach Adam Oates to make a judgment call. Grubauer, who played in four straight prior to Washington's loss Tuesday night to the Philadelphia Flyers, will get the start in net against Carolina.

"Grubauer has been good," Oates said. "We've got three goalies, so we have to make some decisions. We've played Carolina twice and didn't have the best results, so we will change it up a little bit and put a fresh guy in there."

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Posted On Friday, 12.06.2013 / 4:40 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Boychuk set to make season debut for Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes will juggle their lineup Friday when they play the San Jose Sharks.

Forward Zach Boychuk was recalled from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. He likely will replace Drayson Bowman or Patrick Dwyer, who were injured in a 5-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

It will be Boychuk's first NHL game this season after playing with the Hurricanes, Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins last season. This will mark the sixth consecutive season Boychuk has appeared in a game for Carolina. He has eight goals and 20 points in 85 NHL games.

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Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 1:07 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sekera out as Hurricanes, Devils end home-and-home

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes will complete a home-and-home series Friday night, after the Hurricanes picked up a 4-3 road win Wednesday.

Cory Schneider will get the call in the New Jersey net, after Martin Brodeur played all three games in the Devils' current losing streak.

The Hurricanes will be without defenseman Andrej Sekera, who is out with an upper-body injury and awaiting an MRI, coach Kirk Muller said. With 13 points, Sekera is second on the team in scoring and first among Carolina defensemen.

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Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 1:20 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Hurricanes get Ward back but lose Semin

RALEIGH, N.C. -- After missing 10 games with a lower-body injury, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward will return Monday for a start against the Boston Bruins. Ward has been sidelined injury since leaving a game Oct. 24 against the Minnesota Wild.

While the Hurricanes get one key player back from injury, another is headed out of the lineup. Forward Alexander Semin left the game Saturday against the St. Louis Blues after a hit by Alex Pietrangelo. Semin returned to the ice briefly but then came out for the remainder of the game. Carolina coach Kirk Muller said Semin had an upper-body injury and was being evaluated Monday.

The news was no better for forward Jeff Skinner, who will miss his 11th straight game with an upper-body injury. Skinner did take the morning skate but was ruled out afterward.

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Posted On Friday, 11.15.2013 / 1:32 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flu bug continues to leave Ducks in tough spot

RALEIGH -- The Anaheim Ducks are fighting through a bout with the flu.

One day after a 5-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Ducks had a light showing at their optional morning skate prior to their game Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Defenseman Francois Beauchemin and forward Corey Perry made brief appearances on the ice, while Teemu Selanne, Mathieu Perreault and Bryan Allen stayed at the team hotel.

"There's a lot of game-time decisions," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "There's three more guys sick who stayed back so we don't know what's going on. We might be short."

Goaltender Viktor Fasth, who missed 13 games with a lower-body injury, may start in goal against Carolina. He was in the visitor's net for the morning skate.


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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 1:29 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Avalanche chase 7-0-0 road mark in Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Colorado Avalanche will put their 6-0-0 road record on the line against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Colorado coach Patrick Roy said the key to winning away from Denver is making the right adjustments to combat each opponent's strengths.

"Their centers are pretty solid," Roy said of the Hurricanes. "So we're going to have to be solid on the puck and win our battles. We're going to have to put shots on [Hurricanes goalie Justin] Peters and test him early on. We've been playing with the lead, and when we are it seems we're a lot tougher to beat."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 1:15 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Stoner out, Dumba in for Wild against Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding will make his fifth straigh start in net Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Wild coach Mike Yeo said he strongly considered Niklas Backstrom for a start.

"We're going to get [Backstrom] in here soon," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "But when a guy's playing really well, he deserves to keep on going."

Clayton Stoner, who fell into the boards awkwardly in a 3-2 shootout loss Thursday night at Washington, will sit out against the Hurricanes. In his place, rookie Matt Dumba will play his 10th NHL game, which makes the first year of his entry-level contract official.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 12:57 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Islanders alter lineup, give Poulin start in goal

RALEIGH, N.C. -- New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano is looking for a little more offense from his team against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. He hinted he might juggle his lines early if they do not generate some scoring chances.

In the meantime, he will make a few adjustments. Colin McDonald likely will return to the lineup to bolster the fourth line. McDonald has missed five straight games with a hip injury.

"The way he plays the game is physical," Capuano said. "It's tough to come back from that [injury] right away, so it's good that we gave him some time. But the last few days he's looked real good in practice and [is] pain-free. It will be good to get him back in there."

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Posted On Friday, 11.01.2013 / 1:19 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Malhotra excited to be back in NHL

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Veteran forward Manny Malhotra, signed by the Carolina Hurricanes to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday, will be in the lineup Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Hurricanes are dealing with injuries and a three-game losing streak. Coach Kirk Muller felt the time was right to introduce a veteran presence to the team.

"You can never have enough experience, [plus] the value of faceoffs and killing some penalties," Muller said. "Being just a mentor to some guys in our lineup. I think his experience on and off the ice will be huge for our group."

Malhotra lost much of the vision in his left eye when he was injured during a game in March 2011. He has played a limited role since then, but said he has full clearance by doctors to return to play.

"My vision is not what it was; it never will be, but it's fine," he said. "I'm accustomed to what I do have."

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Posted On Monday, 10.28.2013 / 1:13 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Scuderi's games-played streak ends for Penguins

RALEIGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi's streak of 276 consecutive games played will come to an end when the Pens play the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. Scuderi left the game Saturday against Toronto with a lower-body injury, the result of a first-period hit and did not return.

"Rob has returned to Pittsburgh today and he will be re-evaluated by our doctors this afternoon," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "We will know more in the next 24 hours."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 1:03 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Hurricanes' Ruutu just happy to be playing

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rehabbing an injury never is an enjoyable process for a professional athlete. Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu has been waging that battle for quite a while.

Two hip surgeries in the past calendar year were bad enough. Then came a leg injury in the preseason that kept him out of the lineup until a game Sunday against the Phoenix Coyotes, in which he logged 10:28 of ice time.

"Every time you come off an injury, at least from my point of view, the other guys are always going left and right," Ruutu said. "The game speed is so different from practice or if you're skating by yourself. But once you get that first hit and that first shot, you stop thinking about it and start playing."

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Posted On Friday, 10.11.2013 / 12:38 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Ward likely to return to Hurricanes crease

RALEIGH, N.C. -- After a much-needed rest following a Tuesday night matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in which he allowed five goals on 37 shots, Cam Ward appears ready to return to the Hurricanes crease in time to face one of the NHL's top teams.

Despite Carolina coach Kirk Muller not holding a formal pre-game skate, Ward took to the ice Friday to face a few shots in anticipation of team's game against the Los Angeles Kings. Ward has faced 75 shots in his two appearances this season, posting a 0-1-1 record with a 3.90 goals-against average and .893 save percentage. So he will likely be busy against the Kings, especially considering the Hurricanes allow an average of 31.2 shots per game.


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Posted On Friday, 10.04.2013 / 12:55 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Hurricanes eager to get season started

RALEIGH, N.C. -- While the Detroit Red Wings already have played a game -- a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday -- the Carolina Hurricanes will be among the final teams to begin the regular season when the puck drops Friday here at PNC Arena.

The Hurricanes will have plenty to prove, coming off a 13th-place finish in the Eastern Conference last season. Carolina coach Kirk Muller said his team is itching to start after a week-long layoff since the final preseason game.

"These guys are programmed to practice one or two days, then play a game," Muller said. "Once the season started [for other teams] and they were watching games, you could see them getting a little anxious. It's nice that it's finally here and they're mentally prepared for a big season."

Here are the projected lineups for the game Friday between the Red Wings and Hurricanes:

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Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 12:45 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Sekera, Khudobin settling in with Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes' first on-ice session of training camp featured two important newcomers.

Former Boston Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin and ex-Buffalo Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera were out on the ice with the morning group.

Both players will play key roles in Carolina. Khudobin will provide insurance for goaltender Cam Ward, who missed more than half of last season with a sprained MCL. Although he has just 21 games of NHL experience, Khudobin's numbers have been eye-popping: a 2.03 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage. Ward is known for carrying a heavy workload, but the Hurricanes would like to rely on a backup who can shoulder enough games to take the heat off the starter.


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Posted On Thursday, 04.25.2013 / 2:02 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Rangers focused on better forecheck, net presence

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The New York Rangers will have a chance to clinch a Stanley Cup Playoff berth Thursday night when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes. One thing they will need is a bigger offensive push than they gave in Tuesday's 3-2 loss against the Florida Panthers.

"We need to forecheck better and establish a net presence," said Rick Nash, who leads the Rangers with 19 goals. "We got a lot of shots (against Florida), but they were from the outside -- no traffic. The goalies in this League are world-class and you've got to be able to put some bodies in front of them."

The Rangers will clinch a playoff spot with any combination of two points gained in their final two games, or a loss by the Winnipeg Jets to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. Against Carolina, New York hopes to add some diversity to its offensive game and remove any doubt about the postseason.

"[We want to] get to the dirty areas, maybe spread the offensive zone out and use the points a little bit," defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. "We talked about trying to use our D, and if we don't get the puck on net, at least draw the forwards out and maybe get a quick 2-on-1 in front of the net or something like that. Just try to be a little more creative in the offensive zone."

For Carolina, Alexander Semin will miss the final two games of the season with a concussion.

Here are the projected lineups for the Rangers and the Hurricanes:

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Posted On Thursday, 04.25.2013 / 1:54 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Jared Staal's route to NHL different from brothers

RALEIGH, N.C. -- For the first three Staal brothers, NHL success came quickly. First Eric, followed by Jordan, then Marc.

That was not the end of the family pipeline, however.

A fourth Staal, Jared, will make his NHL debut Thursday night, skating with Eric and Jordan for the Carolina Hurricanes. Marc is in town, too, with the New York Rangers, but he won't be able to round out the on-ice family photo, as he recovers from an eye injury.

Jared's route to the NHL has been nothing like those of his older brothers. Eric, Jordan and Marc were first-round draft picks, jumping straight to the NHL out of juniors. They cast long shadows on their youngest brother -- but not so long that the NHL dream ever went away.

"Obviously I have a different path than my three older brothers," Jared Staal said. "They're all exceptional players who deserved to be in the NHL at a young age. I guess mine is more conventional compared to most hockey players."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 1:24 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Islanders keep calm with clinch possible Tuesday

RALEIGH, N.C. -- For the New York Islanders, Tuesday could be a big night.

After missing out on the Stanley Cup Playoffs five straight seasons, the Islanders have a shot at clinching a berth in the Eastern Conference. If New York beats the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Winnipeg Jets lose to the Washington Capitals, the Islanders are in.

If there are any jitters among the team, they didn't show after the morning skate.

"It's an exciting week for us," Islanders captain Mark Streit said. "We've been playing pretty well, and the mindset has been to take it game by game. Whatever happens with Winnipeg happens. But it's getting closer. We'll concentrate on the game and how we want to play as a team."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.20.2013 / 1:30 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Hurricanes' Skinner instructed to be cautious

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Forward Jeff Skinner will return to the Carolina Hurricanes lineup when they play the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Skinner sat out Thursday night's game against the Winnipeg Jets. He was on the receiving end of an open-ice hit from the Ottawa Senators' Jared Cowen on Tuesday night. Skinner did not return during the game and was returned here for observation.

Upon returning home, team doctors determined he did not suffer a concussion.

"I respect the decision the doctor made," Skinner said. "I agree you have to be safe and cautious."

The Hurricanes have reminded the 20-year-old forward to be aware of vulnerable places on the ice, particularly in light of his knack for drawing contact.

"Maybe I shouldn't have been cutting across [the neutral zone] there," Skinner said. "I saw the guy, but I didn't think he would step up there, but he did. I don't think there's a point in dwelling on it. It's done, so you move forward."

Here are the likely lineups for Saturday's game:

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Posted On Saturday, 04.13.2013 / 1:39 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Rookie Hamilton just getting a rest for Bruins

RALEIGH, N.C. - Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton will sit out for the second game in a row, but not because he's falling short of expectations.

Boston coach Claude Julien wants to give Hamilton a breather, just to make sure he is rested and ready for the stretch run.

"The rest is the only reason he's been sitting out. It's certainly not because of his play," said Julien, who had a lengthy discussion with Hamilton at the end of the morning skate. "One thing we've done as an organization is developed our young guys properly, and I think he's progressed very well this year. We want him to get some rest. With fatigue, you get bad habits. We don't want that to creep into his game."

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron practiced with the Bruins, but he remains out of the lineup following a concussion.

"As long as he's feeling good, he gets a chance to practice with us," Julien said. "He's cleared for contact, but light contact so far. He still needs final clearance from the doctors, and hopefully sooner than later."

Here are the likely lineups for this game between the Bruins and Hurricanes:

HURRICANES

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alex Semin

Jeff Skinner - Jordan Staal - Chad LaRose

Tuomo Ruutu - Riley Nash - Patrick Dwyer

Nicolas Blanchard - Tim Wallace - Kevin Westgarth

Tim Gleason - Justin Faulk

Jay Harrision - Joe Corvo

Bobby Sanguinetti - Jamie McBain

Justin Peters

Dan Ellis

Injuries: Tim Brent, Drayson Bowman, Joni Pitkanen, Cam Ward

Scratches: Marc-Andre Bergeron

BRUINS

Daniel Paille - David Krejci - Nathan Horton

Milan Lucic - Gregory Campbell - Jaromir Jagr

Jordan Caron - Chris Kelly -Tyler Seguin

Kaspars Daugavins - Rich Peverly - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuck

Dennis Seidenberg - Matt Bartkowski

Adam McQuaid - Andrew Ference

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Injuries: Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand

Scratches: Jay Pandolfo, Wade Redden, Aaron Johnson

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 1:05 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Faulk, Semin likely to return for Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk will return to the lineup Tuesday after missing the past nine games with a second-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Faulk is Carolina's leader in ice time, skating 23:23 per night. Carolina sent defenseman Brett Bellemore to Charlotte of the American Hockey League to open a roster spot.

Forward Alexander Semin also is expected to return to face the Pittsburgh Penguins, after missing two games with a lower-body injury.

Here are the projected lineups for the game between the Penguins and Hurricanes:

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Posted On Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 1:39 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Bishop to make Lightning debut, Lecavalier back

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will turn to new goaltender Ben Bishop on Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes, one day after the former Ottawa Senators netminder was acquired at the NHL Trade Deadline. He was relaxed when he met the media after the team's morning skate.

"Your first game, you want to show what you can do for the guys," said Bishop, who has a 2.45 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. "At the same time, I've been doing this for a little bit now and one game is not going to make the year."

His first challenge, he figures, is getting to know his teammates before he takes the ice Thursday night.

"The biggest thing is trying to learn everybody's names on the ice real quick and not have to think about it before you call their name," he said. "So that will be the hardest thing. After a couple days I'm sure I will have it down."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 12:59 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Hurricanes expect Bergeron to step right in

RALEIGH N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday in exchange for forward Adam Hall and a seventh-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Bergeron joins his seventh NHL team and is expected to be in the Carolina lineup Tuesday against the Washington Capitals.

"We're bringing him in here for the power play," said Carolina coach Kirk Muller, whose team has an NHL-worst 12.7-percent conversion rate with the man advantage.

"Basically, he shoots the puck and he's got a cannon. He's a veteran guy and I've worked with him before."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 1:24 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Hurricanes place Jokinen, Wallace on waivers

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes placed forwards Jussi Jokinen and Tim Wallace on waivers Tuesday.

Jokinen, who scored 30 goals three seasons ago, has five goals and 10 points through the first 30 games.

Wallace has played 21 games with Carolina, recording one goal. He has 20 points in 43 games with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

Here are the projected lineups for Tuesday night's game between the Winnipeg Jets and Hurricanes:

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Posted On Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 11:36 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Ruutu to make season debut for Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Two key players will return to their respective lineups for the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes when they face off Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur is ready to return after missing 13 games with a pinched nerve in his neck. The Devils were 3-8-2 in his absence, as Johan Hedberg made all 13 starts. Brodeur, who last played on Feb. 21, has an 8-2-3 mark and a 2.27 goals-against average.

The Hurricanes will work forward Tuomo Ruutu into the lineup for the first time this season, after recovering from hip surgery in December. The team activated him from injured reserve Thursday.

“He’s excited and ready to go,” Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. “We waited to see what the right opportunity was for him. I said, ‘Listen, when you feel comfortable, let me know.’ He felt comfortable enough this morning to say, ‘I’m ready."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 12:07 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Selleck set to make NHL debut for Panthers

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Already struggling to overcome injuries, the Florida Panthers will see at least one new face in the lineup Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Eric Selleck will make his NHL debut, adding some toughness to Florida's roster in the absence of George Parros. Selleck has 16 points and 181 penalty minutes in 60 games with San Antonio of the American Hockey League this season.

"I don't know how many shifts I'm going to get, so the early ones count," Selleck said. "We've got a game plan, so I'll just try to keep it simple and stick to my role."

Selleck's role is no mystery to either team -- and that simplifies his approach.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 1:01 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Capitals, Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here are the projected lineups for the game Thursday between the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena:

CAPITALS

Matt Hendricks - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

Eric Fehr - Marcus Johansson - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Mike Ribeiro - Joel Ward

Aaron Volpatti - Jay Beagle - Joey Crabb

Jeff Schultz - John Carlson

Karl Alzner - Tomas Kundratek

Tom Poti - Steve Oleksy

Michal Neuvirth

Braden Holtby

Scratches: Mathieu Perreault, Wojtek Wolski, Cameron Schilling

Injuries: Mike Green (groin), John Erskine (upper body), Brooks Laich (groin)

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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 1:12 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Peters back in net as Hurricanes host Canadiens

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters will make his second start of the season Thursday, coming off a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. The team also recalled forward Jeremy Welsh from Charlotte to replace Riley Nash, who has flu symptoms.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Yannick Weber is expected to rejoin the lineup for the first time since their Jan. 27 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Here are the projected lineups for Thursday night's game:

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 1:40 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Hurricanes turn to Peters; Sabres welcome back Vanek

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Carolina Hurricanes will begin a long stretch of hockey without goaltender Cam Ward, who suffered a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee Sunday and will miss 6-8 weeks.

The Hurricanes will turn over the net to Justin Peters on Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres, after his recall from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. Dan Ellis still is battling an illness, but will serve as the backup. This will mark the fourth straight season Peters has seen time in the Carolina goal.

"We're going to go with his energy and give him an opportunity to jump right in and play," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. "He's had a great first half down in Charlotte, so he should have confidence. He should look at all the experiences leading up to now and just go out and play hockey and get the job done."

Buffalo will get its top scorer back against Carolina. Thomas Vanek, who has missed the past two games with an upper-body injury, will bring his 27 points to the Sabres' offense.

"It's great to see [Vanek] out there, especially to get some work on the power play, and what he means to that phase of our game," Sabres interim coach Ron Rolston said. "Any time you lose a player of that quality, it's certainly a dent in your lineup. I'm looking forward to getting him back in there."

Here are the projected lineups for Tuesday's game:

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Posted On Saturday, 03.02.2013 / 12:57 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Panthers, Hurricanes

After about two weeks of playing without a number of their regulars, the Carolina Hurricanes are welcoming back the majority of their walking wounded.

Two days after activating Tim Gleason and Tim Brent from injured reserve and welcoming back Jeff Skinner, who had been out with a concussion, the team announced that defenseman Joni Pitkanen has been activated from injured reserve.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 1:02 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Penguins, Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- These are the projected lineups for Thursday night's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes:

PENGUINS

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - James Neal

Dustin Jeffrey - Tyler Kennedy - Matt Cooke

Beau Bennett - Brandon Sutter - Pascal Dupuis

Tanner Glass - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Paul Martin - Brooks Orpik

Matt Niskanen - Kris Letang

Robert Bortuzzo - Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Tomas Vokoun

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 1:23 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Muller: Hurricanes must step up in absence of Skinner

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The injuries are mounting for the Carolina Hurricanes, including a concussion to forward Jeff Skinner that will sideline the third-year player indefinitely.

For Skinner, this marks the second concussion of his career. He was sidelined for more than a month after a December 2011 hit by the Edmonton Oilers' Andy Sutton. Skinner's loss will be felt immediately; he had 14 points in his first 13 games.

"[Skinner] is a big part of the team this year," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. "You see the big timely goals he was getting. We've got to adapt. We've got some guys that -- bottom line -- have to step up and contribute and help the hockey club win."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.14.2013 / 1:11 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Pitkanen out, Gleason also ailing for Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes will be without defenseman Joni Pitkanen for Thursday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Pitkanen is expected to miss several days after leaving Tuesday's 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils with an injury.

Fellow blueliner Tim Gleason also could be out. He is nursing a lower-body injury after playing 20:07 against the Devils.

Carolina has recalled defenseman Michal Jordan from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. He has yet to make his NHL debut.

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Posted On Friday, 02.01.2013 / 1:20 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Senators, Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here are the projected lineups for the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes ahead of their game Friday at PNC Arena:

SENATORS

Milan Michalek - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson

Colin Greening - Zack Smith - Chris Neil

Jim O'Brien - Mika Zibanejad - Erik Condra

Kaspars Daugavins - Peter Regin - Jakob Silfverberg

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Chris Phillips - Andre Benoit

Patrick Wiercioch - Sergei Gonchar

Craig Anderson

Ben Bishop

Scratches: Mark Borowiecki

Illness: Guillaume Latendresse (flu)

Injured: Jason Spezza

CAROLINA

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin

Jeff Skinner - Jordan Staal - Zac Dalpe

Drayson Bowman - Jussi Jokinen - Patrick Dwyer

Andreas Nodl - Tim Brent - Chad LaRose

Justin Faulk - Tim Gleason

Joni Pitkanen - Jamie McBain

Joe Corvo - Jay Harrison

Dan Ellis

Cam Ward

Scratched: Kevin Westgarth, Bobby Sanguinetti

The Senators are beginning to deal with the reality of playing a couple months without center Jason Spezza, who is out after surgery to fix a herniated disc in his back.

"Jason is one of those special players in the League that can make something out of nothing," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "We don't have someone like that to go in there, but we certainly feel very confident about the depth of our team to play with four lines and to play with tempo."

While Spezza's offense will be missed, MacLean said he expects to learn more about his forward group in Spezza's absence.

"We're actually excited by the fact that it's a great opportunity, not only for individuals, but for the team, to play," he said. "It's not necessarily who's out, but who's in. Let's come and play hard. They're not going to wait for us. We're really more concerned about the players who are available to play."

Guillaume Latendresse, who has the flu, is expected to miss Friday's game at Carolina and Sunday's game at Montreal.

For the Hurricanes, Dan Ellis will start in goal for the second time in three games. He stopped 40 of 41 shots in a 3-1 win at the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 25.

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 2:05 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Khudobin to start for Bruins vs. Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here are the projected lineups for Monday's game between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes:

HURRICANES

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal -Alexander Semin

Jeff Skinner - Jordan Staal - Zac Dalpe

Chad LaRose - Drayson Bowman - Jussi Jokinen

Kevin Westgarth - Tim Brent - Patrick Dwyer

Tim Gleason - Joe Corvo

Jamie McBain - Joni Pitkanen

Jay Harrison - Bobby Sanguinetti

Cam Ward

Dan Ellis

Scratched: Zach Boychuk

Injured: Justin Faulk

BRUINS

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin

Chris Bourque - Rich Peverley - Chris Kelly

Shawn Thornton - Gregory Campbell - Daniel Paille

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk

Andrew Ference - Aaron Johnson

Dougie Hamilton - Dennis Seidenberg

Anton Khudobin

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Lane MacDermid

Injured: Adam McQuaid

Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin will make his first start of the season Monday. He is 5-1-0 in seven career NHL games, with a 1.32 goals against average. In his only previous action with Boston, he posted a 3-1 win against Ottawa last April.

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 1:22 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Hamilton still waiting on future

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Boston Bruins will have a decision to make in the next 24 hours concerning the future of rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton.

The 19-year-old blueliner will play his fifth game of the season Monday against Carolina. The first season of his three-year entry-level contract kicks in if he plays in a sixth NHL game, which for the Bruins is Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils.

"Upper management will make that decision, but from our end of it, he's been really good," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "He's better and better every game as he gains confidence. I've really liked his composure and vision of the game. He's been extremely good for us."

Before joining the Bruins at the start of the NHL season, Hamilton had 41 points in 32 games with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League, and had a goal and an assist in six games for Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

He said he's looking forward to having his status resolved.

"It will be really nice," Hamilton said. "I'm trying not to think about it too much. I'm just trying to work my hardest and keep playing my game."

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Posted On Thursday, 01.24.2013 / 1:00 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Hurricanes, Sabres

Here are the projected lineups for Thursday night's game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres:

HURRICANES

Jiri TlustyEric Staal – Alexander Semin

Jeff SkinnerJordan StaalZac Dalpe

Drayson BowmanJussi JokinenChad LaRose

Patrick DwyerTim BrentKevin Westgarth

Tim GleasonJustin Faulk

Jay HarrisonBobby Sanguinetti

Joni Pitkanen - Jay Harrison

Cam Ward

Dan Ellis

Scratches: Jeremy Welsh, Zach Boychuk, Joe Corvo

SABRES

Thomas VanekCody HodgsonJason Pominville

Marcus FolignoTyler EnnisDrew Stafford

Steve OttMikhail GrigorenkoNathan Gerbe

John ScottJochen HechtPatrick Kaleta

Robyn Regehr - Tyler Myers

Andrej Sekera - Jordan Leopold

Christian Ehrhoff - Alexander Sulzer

Jhonas Enroth

Ryan Miller

Scratches: Matt Ellis, TJ Brennan

Injured: Ville Leino

Gerbe has been cleared to play after off-season back surgery and will join the lineup tonight, paired with Ott and Grigorenko.

"Nathan's got a natural goal-scoring touch, so I think he's got some finish to him," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "He's got real good speed and we're hoping he can create a little bit of offense for us."

Enroth makes his first start of the season in goal for Buffalo. In two career games against Carolina, Enroth has a 0.49 goals-against average.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 1:11 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Lightning, Hurricanes

Here are the projected lineups for Tuesday night's game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes:

LIGHTNING

Cory Conacher - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis

Taylor Pyatt - Vincent Lecavalier - Teddy Purcell

Benoit Pouliot - Nate Thompson - Ryan Malone

Adam Hall - Dana Tyrell - BJ Crombeen

Eric BrewerMatthew Carle

Sami SaloVictor Hedman

Keith Aulie - Brendan Mikkelson

Mathieu Garon

Anders Lindback

The Lightning had an optional skate this morning.

Garon will make his first start of the season in goal. Mikkelson will dress for the first time tonight in place of Brian Lee, while Tyrell makes his season debut, replacing Pierre-Cedric Labrie.

HURRICANES

Drayson BowmanEric Staal – Alexander Semin

Jiri TlustyJordan StaalChad LaRose

Jeff SkinnerJussi Jokinen – Patrick Dwyer

Zach BoychukTim BrentKevin Westgarth

Tim GleasonJustin Faulk

Joni PitkanenBobby Sanguinetti

Jay HarrisonJoe Corvo

Cam Ward

Dan Ellis

Scratches: Jeremy Welsh, Jamie McBain

Illness: Zac Dalpe

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Posted On Thursday, 04.05.2012 / 11:42 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Canadiens, Hurricanes

Here's how the lineups could look tonight when the Montreal Canadiens pay a visit to PNC Arena to face the Carolina Hurricanes:

CANADIENS

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole
Rene Bourque - Tomas Plekanec - Louis Leblanc
Blake Geoffrion - Lars Eller - Mike Blunden
Aaron Palushaj - Gabriel Dumont - Brad Staubitz
 
P.K. Subban - Josh Gorges
Frédéric St-Denis - Andrei Markov
Chris Campoli - Alexei Emelin
 
Peter Budaj
Robert Mayer

Montreal did not skate Thursday morning, coming off a 5-2 home win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.

HURRICANES

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Chad LaRose
Jeff Skinner - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Derek Joslin - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart
 
Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Joni Pitkanen - Jamie McBain
Jaroslav Spacek
 
Cam Ward
Brian Boucher

Carolina forward Andreas Nodl skated with the team Thursday morning, but Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said he is unlikely to dress. He has missed seven games recovering from a concussion. Instead, Spacek will join the lineup as the seventh defenseman.
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Posted On Saturday, 03.31.2012 / 12:43 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Devils' Ponikarovsky faces old teammates for first time

Alexei Ponikarovsky will play his first game against Carolina since the Hurricanes dealt him to the Devils on Jan. 20. Ponikarovsky was in his first season with Carolina, but struggled to make an impact as the team fell to 15th in the Eastern Conference. After registering 15 points in 49 games in Carolina, he has accounted for 16 in just 29 games in New Jersey.

"We're playing pretty good as a team," Ponikarovsky said. "When you're in a playoff spot, it's a little different than when you're out of the playoffs. The atmosphere and everything else is a little different, for sure. Our focus is to win some games and get some points on the board."

The Devils will call on Martin Brodeur in net, while Carolina will counter with Brian Boucher.

Here is the projected lineup for the Devils and Hurricanes:

DEVILS

Patrik Elias - Dainus Zubrus – Petr Sykora
Ilya Kovalchuk - Zach PariseAdam Henrique
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Travis Zajac - David Clarkson
Jacob Josefson - Ryan CarterSteve Bernier
 
Anton VolchenkovPeter Harrold
Marek ZidlickyBryce Salvador
Andy GreeneMark Fayne
 
Martin Brodeur
Johan Hedberg
 
HURRICANES
 
Jiri TlustyEric StaalChad LaRose
Jeff SkinnerJussi JokinenTuomo Ruutu
Drayson BowmanBrandon SutterPatrick Dwyer
Derek JoslinTim BrentAnthony Stewart
 
Tim GleasonBryan Allen
Jay HarrisonJustin Faulk
Joni PitkanenJamie McBain
 
Brian Boucher
Cam Ward
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Posted On Friday, 03.30.2012 / 1:08 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Jets, Hurricanes

Here's how the lineups could look tonight when the Winnipeg Jets visit the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena:

JETS

Evander Kane - Alexander Burmistrov - Antti Miettinen
Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler
Kyle Wellwood - Tim Stapleton - Nik Antropov
Tanner Glass - Jim Slater - Spencer Machacek

Zach Bogosian - Ron Hainsey
Dustin Byfuglien - Tobias Enstrom
Mark Stuart - Grant Clitsome

Chris Mason
Ondrej Pavelec
 
HURRICANES
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Chad LaRose
Jeff Skinner - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Drayson Bowman - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Derek Joslin - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart
 
Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Joni Pitkanen - Jamie McBain
 
Cam Ward
Brian Boucher

Antropov returns to the lineup for the Jets after missing the past five games with a lower-body injury. Mason will get the start in goal for Winnipeg, his fifth in six games against the Hurricanes this season. Ward will make his sixth consecutive start for Carolina.
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Posted On Wednesday, 03.21.2012 / 11:46 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Pitkanen returns for Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- After travelling from Philadelphia following their 2-1 win against the Flyers, the Panthers opted not to practice today.

For the Hurricanes, they'll get defenseman Joni Pitkanen back in the lineup after a 44-game absence. He suffered a concussion in early December and then had knee surgery in January. He has 3 goals and 9 assists in 21 games for Carolina this season.

Here are the lineups the teams could use when they take the ice here at PNC Arena:

PANTHERS
Tomas Fleischmann - Stephen Weiss - Kris Versteeg
Sean Bergenheim - Marcel Goc - Mikael Samuelsson
Tomas Kopecky - Shawn Matthias - Wojtek Wolski
Krystofer Barch - John Madden - Marco Sturm
 
Brian Campbell - Jason Garrison
Mike Weaver - Dmitri Kulikov
Erik Gudbranson - Ed Jovanovski

Jose Theodore will start in goal, with Scott Clemmensen the backup.
 
HURRICANES
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Chad LaRose
Jeff Skinner - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Drayson Bowman - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Derek Joslin - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart
 
Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Joni Pitkanen - Jamie McBain
 
Cam Ward will start in goal, with Brian Boucher the backup.
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Posted On Thursday, 03.15.2012 / 1:00 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Blues to rest Arnott; projected Hurricanes lineup

St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock is giving forward Jason Arnott the next two games off to overcome a variety of recent injuries. With 16 goals and 32 points, Arnott is a key figure as the Blues prepare for the playoffs.

"We'll bit the bullet," said Hitchcock. "That allows him to have a full week off before he plays again. Arnie was in a situation where he was trying to play through injuries and it wasn't fair to him. I think he was 50 percent of the player we had before. He was a really good player for us three weeks ago. Then he got banged up and tried to play through it, but it doesn't work that way."

After a lengthy practice in Raleigh on Wednesday, St. Louis had a light turnout for an optional skate Thursday morning.

Brian Elliott, with an NHL-best 1.61 goals against average, will get the start against the Hurricanes.

Meanwhile, this is the projected lineup for the Hurricanes based off their morning skate:

Jeff Skinner - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Andreas Nodl - Jussi Jokinen - Chad LaRose
Patrick Dwyer - Brandon Sutter - Drayson Bowman
Derek Joslin - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart
 
Bobby Sanguinetti - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason - Jamie McBain
 
Cam Ward
Brian Boucher



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Posted On Saturday, 03.03.2012 / 12:16 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

LaRose returns to Carolina lineup

Hurricanes forward Chad LaRose returns to the Carolina lineup Saturday night after missing seven games with a lower-body injury. His return leads to a juggling of the forward lines, but a lot of the focus will be on stopping Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, who leads the NHL with 45 goals.

"We've got to stop Stamkos. He's on fire," said Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller. "Our D pairings are going to be important and our awareness of him."

After Tampa Bay's 4-3 overtime win against the Rangers on Friday night, the team arrived in Raleigh late due to weather conditions. They did not skate Saturday morning.

Here is Carolina's projected starting lineup:

Zach Boychuk - Eric Staal - Jiri Tlusty
Jeff Skinner - Jussi Jokinen - Chad LaRose
Drayson Bowman - Brandon Sutter - Andreas Nodl
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Derek Joslin

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Jaroslav Spacek - Jamie McBain

Cam Ward
Brian Boucher
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Posted On Thursday, 03.01.2012 / 12:46 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Callahan out, Scott in for Rangers

RALEIGH, N.C. -- New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan will miss Thursday's game with an injured foot. Coach John Tortorella said no decision has been made on who will take his spot on Brad Richards' line.

Forward John Scott will make his Rangers debut after being acquired from Chicago ahead of Monday's trade deadline.

Martin Biron gets the start in goal for the Rangers.

We had the Hurricanes lineup earlier; here's what the Rangers likely will counter with:

Artem Anisimov - Derek Stepan - Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - Ruslan Fedotenko
Brandon Dubinsky - Brian Boyle - Brandon Prust
John Scott - John Mitchell - Mike Rupp

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto - Anton Stralman
Marc Staal - Stu Bickel

Martin Biron will start in goal, with Henrik Lundqvist the backup.
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Posted On Thursday, 03.01.2012 / 12:45 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Marc Staal faces Eric for first time since big hit

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Thursday's game between the Rangers and Hurricanes will be the first time Hurricanes forward Eric Staal and his brother, Rangers defensemen Marc Staal, have played against each other since Eric's big hit put Marc out of the lineup last February with a concussion.

"I enjoy competing against him," said Eric. "I enjoy the fact that I'm playing a game I love and he is, too. He wasn't (playing) last time (in New York), so that was difficult for me."

Then Staal quickly added with a laugh, "And the fact that I got booed every time I touched (the puck) -- that was different. It will be good to put this game behind us and focus on our teams."
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Posted On Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 11:50 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Canes get Ward back in goal against Predators

RALEIGH, N.C. -- After sitting out deadline day, the Hurricanes will ice their regular lineup -- one that is still missing several injured players. But Cam Ward will return to the net for Carolina, after missing four starts with a lower-body injury.

The Hurricanes have filled out the roster with several of their American Hockey League prospects, including Zach Boychuk, who was called up Tuesday. Against Nashville, Kirk Muller will skate eight forwards who are 25 years old or younger.

"They're capable of beating anyone when they play a good, honest game," Muller said. "This is our group. There's no cavalry coming. This is who who we are, and we've got to push and see what happens from here on in."

The Predators, coming off Monday night's 2-1 win over Los Angeles, were unable to travel after the game due to foggy weather conditions. When they arrive on Tuesday, they will have two new deadline acquistions in the lineup. Andrei Kostitsyn -- the older brother of Nashville forward Sergei Kostitsyn -- joins the Predators from Montreal, while Paul Gaustad comes over from Buffalo.

HURRICANES
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Jerome Samson
Jussi Jokinen - Jeff Skinner - Zach Boychuk
Drayson Bowman - Brandon Sutter - Andreas Nodl
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Derek Joslin

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Jaroslav Spacek - Jamie McBain

Cam Ward
Justin Peters
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Posted On Saturday, 02.25.2012 / 1:12 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Smithson set for Panthers debut against Carolina

The Florida Panthers had a bit of a new look Saturday morning after the Friday acquisition of forward Jerred Smithson, who came from Nashville in exchange for a 2012 sixth-round draft pick.

Smithson had spent the past seven seasons with the Predators. With 89 points in 527 NHL games, he brings a reputation as a strong faceoff man who finishes his checks.

"It's definitely a new experience for me. I've never been traded before," Smithson said. "It happened so fast I didn't get a chance to sit down and take it all in last night until I got to the hotel. But I'm excited. It was a long time in Nashville, but it will be good to get a fresh start."

As far as making the quick transition to a new team, Smithson wasn't worried.

"There's an easy part -- the guys are always good," he said. "I'll just go in there and do my thing and try to fit in."

Carolina will give Justin Peters his third straight start in goal. The Hurricanes had hoped to have Cam Ward back in the net Saturday night, but coach Kirk Muller insisted that Ward continues to make progress with his lower-body injury. Muller said the team is just being extra cautious.

Florida coach Kevin Dineen did not name a starting goaltender. He will make a game-time decision.

FLORIDA

Tomas Fleischmann – Stephan Weiss -– Kris Versteeg
Michael Samuelsson - Tomas Kopecky - Shawn Matthias
Michal Repik - Mike Santorelli – Jerrod Smithson
Krystofer Barch - Jon MatsumotoJack Skille

Brian CampbellErik Gudbranson
Ed Jovanovski - Jason Garrison
Keaton EllerbyMike Weaver

Jose Theodore
Scott Clemmensen

CAROLINA

Jiri TlustyEric StaalJerome Samson
Jussi JokinenJeff SkinnerPatrick Dwyer
Drayson BowmanBrandon SutterAndreas Nodl
Anthony StewartTim BrentDerek Joslin

Tim GleasonBryan Allen
Jay HarrisonJustin Faulk
Jaroslav SpacekJamie McBain

Justin Peters
Mike Murphy
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Posted On Thursday, 02.23.2012 / 1:34 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Hurricanes backup goalie has Boudreau's attention

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau is making his first trip to Carolina as the Ducks' bench boss, but the stop over in Raleigh is a familiar one from his days with Washington. So he knows a thing or two about the Hurricanes.

That's why he seemed genuinely concerned about facing goaltender Justin Peters, who has made 26 NHL appearances over three seasons. In his last outing, Peters recorded his first NHL shutout, a 5-0 effort against the Capitals.

"I'm always leery against guys like that," said Boudreau, whose Capitals faced Peters twice in previous seasons. "I've seen Justin a lot, and when he's on, he’s on. He's probably feeling pretty good about himself coming off his first shutout."

Peters has appeared in three straight games after a call-up from Charlotte. He won a 3-2 decision against San Jose last Friday, before replacing injured Cam Ward (lower body) in a Saturday loss to the New York Islanders. He stopped 17 shots to defeat Washington on Monday.

"I've seen it happen so many times, that you face guys that aren't used to being in the limelight -- and then for short periods of time, they can be superhuman," Boudreau said. "Then they end up coming back to earth with one game. There's a reason they're in the minors for so many years, but then they come in and stand on their head and they look as good as anybody. (Peters) is in one of those modes, and the team is in that mindset. It makes for a tough game."

Tonight's game is the final outing in an eight-game road trip for the Ducks, in which they have posted a 4-1-2 mark.

DUCKS
Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Matt Beleskey - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Jason Blake - Nick Bonino - Andrew Cogliano
Niklas Hagman - Rod Pelley - Devante Smith-Pelly

Cam Fowler - Francois Beauchemin
Luca Sbisa - Lubomir Visnovsky
Toni Lydman - Sheldon Brookbank

Jonas Hiller
Jeff Deslauriers

HURRICANES

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Jerome Samson
Jussi Jokinen - Jeff Skinner - Patrick Dwyer
Drayson Bowman - Brandon Sutter - Andreas Nodl
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Derek Joslin

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Jaroslav Spacek - Jamie McBain

Justin Peters
Mike Murphy
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Posted On Monday, 02.20.2012 / 1:05 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Caps' Green ready for more ice time

Defenseman Mike Green played his first game Saturday night since undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia Jan. 17. By itself, the injury didn't knock him out of the lineup, but he could tell he wasn't the same player.

"For the longest time before the surgery, even though I wasn't sore, I didn't have my skating stride," Green said. "I couldn't skate as well as I used to."

He said he could feel the improvement immediately after the surgery. Green played 14:14 in a 2-1 loss Saturday to Tampa Bay. Now he wants more ice time.

"Fourteen minutes felt like four minutes for me," he said. "I told (coach Dale Hunter) I want to play more, that I feel good, so we'll see."

With Green back in the lineup, Hunter said he will consider dressing seven defenseman against Carolina.

Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game:

WASHINGTON

Alexander Ovechkin – Mathieu Perreault - Troy Brouwer
Matt Hendricks - Brooks LaichMike Knuble
Jason ChimeraMarcus JohanssonAlexander Semin
Jay BeagleJeff HalpernJoel Ward

Karl AlznerJohn Carlson
Jeff Schultz – Denis Wideman
Roman HamrlikMike Green

Tomas Vokoun
Michal Neuvirth

CAROLINA

Justin Peters will get the start in goal for the Hurricanes, after Cam Ward tweaked a lower-body injury Saturday night and had to leave the game against the New York Islanders. Mike Murphy, who appeared in his first two NHL games in December, was called up from Charlotte to serve as the backup. Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller described Ward's status as day-to-day.

Jiri TlustyEric StaalJerome Samson
Drayson BowmanJeff SkinnerJussi Jokinen
Andres Nodl – Brandon SutterPatrick Dwyer
Anthony StewartTim BrentDerek Joslin

Tim GleasonBryan Allen
Jay HarrisonJustin Faulk
Jaroslav SpacekJamie McBain

Justin Peters
Mike Murphy
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Posted On Friday, 02.17.2012 / 12:04 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Sharks, Hurricanes

SHARKS

With unfavorable weather conditions in Raleigh on Thursday night, the Sharks were forced to fly in Friday morning for this evening's game. As a result, they did not have a morning skate.

Based on Thursday night's lineup in Tampa Bay, this a possible lineup for Friday night's game against Carolina. However, forward Dominic Moore, acquired from Tampa Bay before Thursday night's game, is likely to make his debut with the Sharks.
 
Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Ryan Clowe - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels
John McCarthy - Andrew Desjardins - Brad Winchester
Jamie McGinn - Michal Handzus - Torrey Mitchell

Dan Boyle - Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Douglas Murray - Brent Burns
Colin White - Justin Braun

Thomas Greiss
Antti Niemi

HURRICANES

Justin Peters will start in goal for the Hurricanes, making his first start since losing at Nashville, 5-2, on Jan. 7. It will mark Peters' first home start of the season.

Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said goaltender Cam Ward is getting an extra day off to rest a "tweak" -- but nothing more serious than that. Ward took the morning skate with Carolina and will serve as the backup.

Here is tonight's lineup:

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Jerome Samson
Drayson Bowman - Jeff Skinner - Jussi Jokinen
Andres Nodl - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Derek Joslin

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Jaroslav Spacek - Jamie McBain

Justin Peters
Cam Ward
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Posted On Saturday, 02.04.2012 / 11:52 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Hurricanes, Kings

Here are the projected lineups for Saturday night when the Los Angeles Kings visit RBC Center to take on the Carolina Hurricanes:

Kings
 
Dustin BrownAnze KopitarJustin Williams
Kyle CliffordMike RichardsDustin Penner
Brad RichardsonJarret StollTrevor Lewis
Trent HunterColin FraserKevin Westgarth
 
Rob ScuderiDrew Doughty
Willie MitchellSlava Voynov
Jack JohnsonMatt Greene
 
Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier
 
Hurricanes

Jiri TlustyEric StaalTuomo Ruutu
Jussi JokinenRiley NashJeff Skinner
Andreas NodlBrandon SutterPatrick Dwyer
Drayson BowmanTim BrentAnthony Stewart
 
Tim GleasonBryan Allen
Jay HarrisonJustin Faulk
Jaroslav SpacekJamie McBain
 
Cam Ward
Justin Peters

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.31.2012 / 12:36 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Islanders turn to Poulin for start vs. Hurricanes

The New York Islanders will have American Hockey League callup Kevin Poulin between the pipes against the Carolina Hurricanes when the teams meet Tuesday night at the RBC Center. Poulin, who made 51 saves in Bridgeport's 6-2 win over Adirondack Friday night, is making his third start of the season for the Islanders.

Here's how the lineups for both sides are projected to look:

ISLANDERS
Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - PA Parenteau
Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo
Matt Martin - Josh Bailey - Rhett Rakhshani
Jay Pandolfo - Nino Niederreiter - Tim Wallace

Mark Eaton - Milan Jurcina
Mark Streit - Steve Staios
Travis Hamonic - Andrew MacDonald

Kevin Poulin
Evgeni Nabokov

HURRICANES

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Jussi Jokinen - Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash
Patrick Dwyer - Brandon Sutter - Andreas Nodl
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Chad LaRose

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Derek Joslin - Jamie McBain

Cam Ward
Justin Peters

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Posted On Monday, 01.23.2012 / 12:54 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Mason hopes to continue mastery of Hurricanes

The Jets have had the Hurricanes' number this season, winning the first three games between the Southeast Division rivals. Winnipeg backup goaltender Chris Mason has been in the net for all of them, twice as the starter, once in relief. He has surrendered just four goals in the process.

"I don't really have an explanation," Mason said. "I haven't played against them a ton. I've had the three games against them this year and I've done pretty good. There's other teams I have played against a lot more and I don't have success against, even though I may have a better idea of what guys are going to do."

Given Mason's record against Carolina, Winnipeg coach Claude Noel didn't need to ponder the goaltending choice very long.
 
"If a guy has success against a team and feels comfortable, it's a pretty easy decision," he said. "But there's no guarantees in a game. Carolina's been going good. They've played a lot of low-scoring games. It's going to be all we can handle. Mason's going to have to be good."

Cam Ward will make his eighth straight start for Carolina. In his current stretch of seven consecutive starts, Ward has allowed no more than two goals in any game, good for a 3-2-2 mark.

JETS
Alexander Burmistrov - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler
Andrew Ladd - Nik Antropov - Kyle Wellwood
Tanner Glass - Jim Slater - Chris Thorburn
Eric Fehr - Patrice Cormier - Antti Miettinen
 
Tobias Enstrom - Ron Hainsey
Johnny Oduya - Zach Bogosian
Mark Stuart - Randy Jones
 
Chris Mason
Ondrej Pavelec
 
HURRICANES
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Jussi Jokinen - Jeff Skinner - Zac Dalpe
Patrick Dwyer - Brandon Sutter - Andreas Nodl
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Chad LaRose
 
Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Derek Joslin - Jamie McBain
 
Cam Ward
Justin Peters
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Posted On Friday, 01.20.2012 / 12:35 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Capitals, Hurricanes

Here's how the lineups could look tonight when Southeast Division rivals Washington and Carolina face off at RBC Center:

CAPITALS
Alex Ovechkin - Marcus Johansson - Troy Brouwer
Alexander Semin - Brooks Laich - Jason Chimera
Matt Hendricks - Jeff Halpern - Mike Knuble
Cody Eakin - Mathieu Perreault - Joel Ward
 
Roman Hamrlik - John Carlson
Karl Alzner - Dennis Wideman
Dmitry Orlov - Tomas Kundratek
 
Tomas Vokoun will start in goal with Michal Neuvirth serving as the backup.
 
HURRICANES

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Jussi Jokinen - Jeff Skinner - Zac Dalpe
Patrick Dwyer - Brandon Sutter - Andreas Nodl
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Alexei Ponikarovsky
 
Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Derek Joslin - Jamie McBain
 
Cam Ward will start in goal, with Justin Peters serving as the backup.
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Posted On Saturday, 01.14.2012 / 12:25 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Canes will hold Skinner out against Bruins

RALEIGH -- Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner will not make his return to the lineup tonight against the Boston Bruins after missing 15 games with a concussion. Skinner went through the morning skate and did stickhandling drills with the assistant coaches afterwards, but the staff is being cautious before allowing his return.

"If there's any question mark or any uncertainty, we want to make sure he's 100 percent," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. "He had another workout today. We have back-to-back games here, so hopefully we will get him ready for tomorrow (at Washington)."

Here are tonight's projected lineups:

BRUINS

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Tyler Seguin - Patrice Bergeron - Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton
Benoit Pouliot - Chris Kelly - Jordan Caron

Adam McQuaid - Joe Corvo
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Brad Ference - Dennis Seidenberg

Tuukka Rask took the morning skate and is the likely starting goaltender. Tim Thomas did not skate.

HURRICANES

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Patrick Dwyer - Brandon Sutter - Andreas Nodl
Jerome Samson - Jussi Jokinen - Alexei Ponikarovsky
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Brett Sutter

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Derek Joslin - Jamie McBain

Cam Ward will start in goal for Carolina, with Justin Peters serving as the backup.
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Posted On Tuesday, 01.10.2012 / 12:48 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Hurricanes lose LaRose to injury, projected lineups

The Hurricanes will be without forward Chad LaRose, who sustained an upper-body injury in practice. Jerome Samson has been recalled from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

FLYERS
Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jaromir Jagr
Danny Briere - Maxime Talbot - Jakub Voracek
James van Riemsdyk - Brayden Schenn - Wayne Simmonds
Harry Zolnierczyk - Sean Couturier - Matt Read

Braydon Coburn - Kimmo Timonen
Andreas Lilja - Andrej Meszaros
Marc-Andre Bourdon - Matt Carle

Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal with Ilya Bryzgalov serving as the backup.

HURRICANES
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Andreas Nodl - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jussi Jokinen - Jerome Samson
Brett Sutter - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart

Tim Gleason - Jamie McBain
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Jaroslav Spacek - Bryan Allen

Cam Ward will start in goal with Justin Peters serving as the backup.
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Posted On Friday, 01.06.2012 / 12:57 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Myers back for Sabres

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Buffalo Sabres will have a key piece back in the lineup tonight when they face the Carolina Hurricanes.

Defenseman Tyler Myers returns after missing 19 games with a broken wrist, suffered Nov. 19 against Phoenix.

Because Myers was able to skate during his absence, his conditioning should not be a major factor in his ability to log important minutes -- he's second on the team with an average ice time of 21:39 per game.

"We're hoping he can lead our (defense) in ice time tonight," said Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff. "We're not going to hold back. The goal is to get him right back in the groove and play him plus-20 minutes."

Myers had just 6 points through 19 games at the time of the injury, and had been a healthy scratch in November for the first time in his career. The 21-year-old defenseman said he's focused on physical play as a key part of making his return successful.

"I think a lot of it is the mental side of the game," Myers said. "When I play physical, it gets me into the game more. It's hard to specify, but now that I've figured out that it does happen, I need to do it every night."

Here's how the rest of the Sabres' lineup -- as well as the Hurricanes' -- could look tonight:

SABRES
Thomas Vanek - Jochen Hecht - Jason Pominville
Nathan Gerbe - Derek Roy - Drew Stafford
Zack Kassian - Luke Adam - Brad Boyes
Matt Ellis - Paul Gaustad - Patrick Kaleta

Tyler Myers - Brayden McNabb
Robyn Regehr - Jordan Leopold
Mike Weber - Marc-Andre Gragnani

Ryan Miller will start in net, with Jhonas Enroth the backup.

HURRICANES
Jussi Jokinen - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Drayson Bowman - Brandon Sutter - Chad LaRose
Jiri Tlusty - Tim Brent - Alexei Ponikarovsky
Andreas Nodl - Brent Sutter - Anthony Stewart

Tim Gleason - Jamie McBain
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Jaroslav Spacek - Bryan Allen

Cam Ward will start in goal, with Justin Peters the backup.

For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.
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Posted On Tuesday, 01.03.2012 / 10:05 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Islanders, Hurricanes

Here's how the lineups could look tonight when the New York Islanders visit the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center:

ISLANDERS
Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo
Brian Rolston - Frans Nielsen - PA Parenteau
Matt Martin - Josh Bailey - Michael Grabner
Tim Wallace - Marty Reasoner - Nino Neiderreiter

Steve Staios - Mark Streit
Andrew McDonald - Travis Hamonic
Mark Eaton - Milan Jurcina

Evgeni Nabokov
Anders Nilsson

HURRICANES
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Zac Dalpe
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Drayson Bowman - Brandon Sutter - Chad LaRose
Andreas Nodl - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart

Tim Gleason - Jamie McBain
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Bryan Allen - Derek Joslin/Jaroslav Spacek 

Cam Ward
Justin Peters
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Posted On Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 12:28 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Maple Leafs, Hurricanes

Here's how the lineups could look tonight when the Carolina Hurricanes play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the RBC Center:

MAPLE LEAFS
Joffrey Lupul - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Clarke MacArthur - Tim Connolly - Nazem Kadri
Nikolai Kulemin - Mikhail Grabovski - Matt Frattin
Darryl Boyce - David Steckel - Joey Crabb

Dion Phaneuf - Carl Gunnarsson
Luke Schenn - Keith Aulie
Cody Franson - Jake Gardiner

James Reimer
Jonas Gustavsson

HURRICANES
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Zac Dalpe
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Drayson Bowman - Brandon Sutter - Chad LaRose
Andreas Nodl - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart

Tim Gleason - Jamie McBain
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Derek Joslin - Bryan Allen

Cam Ward
Justin Peters
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Posted On Friday, 12.23.2011 / 11:52 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Hurricanes, Senators

Here's how the lines could look tonight when the Carolina Hurricanes play host to the Ottawa Senators at the RBC Center:

HURRICANES
Drayson Bowman - Eric Staal - Chad LaRose
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Andreas Nodl - Riley Nash/Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart

Tim Gleason - Jamie McBain
Jaroslav Spacek - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk

Cam Ward
Justin Peters

SENATORS
Colin Greening - Jason Spezza - Daniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno - Kyle Turris - Erik Condra
Kaspars Daugavins - Zack Smith - Chris Neil
Matt Carkner - Zenon Konopka - Bobby Butler

Erik Karlsson - Filip Kuba
Chris Phillips - Sergei Gonchar
Jared Cowen - Brian Lee

The Senators arrived in Raleigh overnight and didn't have a morning skate or media availability, but it's possible Alex Auld gets the start after Craig Anderson played Thursday against Florida.
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Posted On Wednesday, 12.21.2011 / 11:57 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected linueps for Coyotes, Hurricanes

Jason Labarbera will start in goal for Phoenix, after Mike Smith left the game Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers with a lower-body injury. Whether not Smith will dress as the backup is to be determined.

The Hurricanes have recalled center Riley Nash from the American Hockey League's Charlotte Checkers to replace Tim Brent, who suffered an injury during practice Tuesday. The game will mark Nash's NHL debut.

Jeff Skinner, who is out with a concussion, has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Dec. 7.

Here are the projected lineups for when these two teams meet Wednesday night at RBC Center:

HURRICANES

Drayson Bowman - Eric Staal - Chad LaRose
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Andreas Nodl - Riley Nash - Anthony Stewart

Tim Gleason - Jamie McBain
Jaroslav Spacek - Justin Faulk
Jay Harrison - Bryan Allen

Cam Ward
Justin Peters

COYOTES

Ray Whitney - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata
Mikkel Boedker - Daymond Langkow - Shane Doan
Raffi Torres - Boyd Gordon - Kyle Chipchura
Taylor Pyatt - Cal O'Reilly - Lauri Korpikoski

Adrian Aucoin - Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Keith Yandle - David Schlemko
Michal Rozsival - Derek Morris

Jason LaBarbera
Mike Smith
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Posted On Thursday, 12.15.2011 / 12:13 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Luongo gets day off for Canucks against Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- After six consecutive starts by Roberto Luongo, the Canucks will turn to Cory Schneider in goal against Carolina. Here are the projected lineups for both teams as they get set to meet Thursday night at RBC Centre.

VANCOUVER

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows
Chris Higgins - Ryan Kesler - Jannik Hansen
Mason Raymond - Cody Hodgson - Maxim Lapierre
Aaron Rome - Manny Malhotra - Dale Weise

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Sami Salo - Alexander Edler
Keith Ballard - Andrew Alberts

Cory Schneider
Roberto Luongo

CAROLINA

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Patrick Dwyer
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Drayson Bowman - Brandon Sutter - Chad LaRose
Andreas Nodl - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart

Tim Gleason - Jamie McBain
Jaroslav Spacek - Justin Faulk
Derek Joslin - Bryan Allen

Cam Ward
Justin Peters

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.14.2011 / 4:25 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Skinner, Pitkanen out with concussions

A difficult season for the Carolina Hurricanes is becoming more problematic.

Forward Jeff Skinner, the Hurricanes' leading scorer, and defenseman Joni Pitkanen have been diagnosed with concussions and will be out of the lineup indefinitely.

Skinner took a big hit last Wednesday from Edmonton defenseman Andy Sutton and has missed the past two games. Pitkanen had been injured one night earlier in Calgary, leaving the game in the second period.

"We sent Pitkanen back home off the road trip, and he went to the doctor a few days ago," Carolina General Manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday. "In Jeff Skinner's case, he saw the doctor today. We didn't know for sure until he was diagnosed with one."

The news couldn't be much worse for Carolina. The team is 15th in the East and just 1-5-1 since Kirk Muller replaced Paul Maurice as coach Nov. 28.



Skinner, the 2011 Calder Trophy winner, has been one of the bright spots for Carolina, with 12 goals and 12 assists in 30 games. Pitkanen leads the Hurricanes' defensive corps in scoring with 12 points in 21 games. He also leads the team in average ice time per game at 22:35.

Rutherford said there is no timetable for the return of either player.

"We just follow whatever the doctor tells us," he said. "You can't project when a player would return."

The chance of trading for players to offset the injuries looks bleak. Rutherford already had been pursuing trades prior to the latest injuries.

"There aren't any forwards out there on the trade market that could come in here and make a difference in our team," Rutherford said. "I know first-hand because I've been on the phone for three weeks, not only looking with a potential injury, but because we're a team that's potentially short a couple forwards to be one of the good teams.

"We just have to work together as a team and work our way out of the situation we're in and deal with the present."

The team already has addressed Skinner's roster spot by recalling forward Drayson Bowman from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. Bowman, who played Tuesday in Toronto, has 3 points in 35 NHL games spread across the last three seasons.

"We've got guys in the system we've been developing," Rutherford said. "We've talked about bringing younger players in, and that's where we will look to."

With no timetable for the return of Skinner or Pitkanen, Rutherford plans to be patient. He acknowledged that the two players could potentially be out of the lineup for a long stretch.

"Could be -- and if it is, it is," he said. "This is a real serious thing to deal with."

The Hurricanes also are shorthanded by the loss of defenseman Jay Harrison, who has missed the last nine games with an upper-body injury. Backup goaltender Brian Boucher has been out the past four games with a lower-body injury.

The Hurricanes next play Thursday, when they host Vancouver.
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Posted On Saturday, 12.03.2011 / 1:12 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Crosby still searching for peak form

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby, who was held off the scoresheet Thursday against Washington for the second time in six games this season, is still finding his comfort level following his long absence with post-concussion symptoms.

"Some things are right where they need to be, other things aren't as consistent," the Penguins captain said. "Some things aren't near where they need to be. It's doing it over the course of the season."

After scoring twice in his first game back, Crosby hasn't found the net in the Penguins past five games.

"Finishing is one thing that takes a lot of focus,” he said. “You've got a split second to put a shot where you want to and you've got guys on you. It takes time getting into those areas and comfortable. That's something I want to improve on. I know it's going to take some time getting back into things."

The Penguins will turn to backup goaltender Brent Johnson tonight against Carolina. He will be looking for his second win of the season (1-3-2).

Carolina coach Kirk Muller did not confirm a starter in goal.

Here’s a look at the projected lineups for both teams in their matchup Saturday night at RBC Center:

PITTSBURGH

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
James Neal - Evgeni Malkin - Steve Sullivan
Matt CookeJordan StaalTyler Kennedy
Craig AdamsRichard ParkArron Asham

Brooks Orpik - Paul Martin
Matt Niskanen - Deryk Engelland
Robert Bortuzzo - Simon Despres

Brent Johnson
Marc-Andre Fleury

CAROLINA

Jeff Skinner - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jussi Jokinen - Chad LaRose
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Andreas Nodl

Bryan Allen - Tomas Kaberle
Tim Gleason - Justin Faulk
Joni Pitkanen - Derek Joslin

Cam Ward
Brian Boucher
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Posted On Thursday, 12.01.2011 / 1:00 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Potential lines for Rangers, Hurricanes

The Rangers are giving backup goaltender Martin Biron his fifth start of the season in place of starter Henrik Lundqvist. Here are the other lineup spots for the Rangers and Hurricanes for tonight's game.

NEW YORK RANGERS
 
Derek Stepan - Brad Richards - Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko - Artem Anisimov - Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin - Brian Boyle - John Mitchell
Sean Avery - Brandon Dubinsky - Brandon Prust
 
Dan Girardi - Ryan McDonagh
Michael Del Zotto -Michael Sauer
Jeff Woywitka - Steve Eminger

Martin Biron
 
CAROLINA
 
Jeff Skinner - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jussi Jokinen - Chad LaRose
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Andreas Nodl

Bryan Allen - Tim Gleason
Joni Pitkanen - Justin Faulk
Tomas Kaberle - Derek Joslin
 
Cam Ward
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Posted On Thursday, 12.01.2011 / 12:59 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

MacLean rejoins Muller as assistant coach in Carolina

Just three days after taking over the Carolina Hurricanes, Kirk Muller has added a longtime former teammate to his coaching staff.

John MacLean, who earned his first head-coaching job one season ago in New Jersey, was fired after the Devils got off to a disastrous 9-22-2 start. Joining the Carolina staff marks his first return to an NHL job.

"I didn't think it would happen this quick, but I'm excited about it," MacLean said after Thursday's morning skate. "As soon as the opportunity arose, my passion came right back for the game to get back into it. I'm very excited to be part of it."

MacLean and Muller broke into the NHL together in 1984-85 with the New Jersey Devils, MacLean as a 19-year-old, Muller as an 18-year-old. They played together for seven seasons. They reunited toward the end of their careers, skating on the Dallas Stars' fourth line from 2000-2002. That unit, along with Mike Keane, was known as "The Grumpy Old Men."

"Johnny's going to run the PK and have a defined role," said Muller. "He's going to be behind the bench with me. He's going to grab forwards individually. We've got some young guys who can benefit from board work and little details in the game that are going to be really important."

The two men enjoyed similar production and longevity during their playing days. Muller registered 959 points in 1,349 regular season games, while MacLean put up 842 points in 1,194 games.

Even their apprenticeships as NHL coaches were similar. Muller spent five years in Montreal as an assistant before landing his first head-coaching job with Carolina, while MacLean spent six years in a support role in New Jersey. Through all of it, they have stayed in close contact.

"As far as being friends," said MacLean, "sometimes it helps that you can be brutally honest with situations and just know that it's for the good."

That will start with his evaluation of Carolina's penalty kill.

"Not major changes," he said, speaking of the NHL's 26th-rated unit. "There's maybe a little different thought to it, understanding (positioning) and stick position. We'll just try to baby step it through. The personnel is fine. The one thing this team does have is speed, and that's helpful in killing penalties. We have some guys that could be high-end penalty killers."

MacLean emphasized several times the nature of his new position — a support role for Muller. He's move beyond his first experience as a bench boss, and he's ready to help in Carolina.

"You're wounded, hurt, whatever," MacLean said. "You understand that it's part of the game and you get through it. You lick your wounds and get on it."
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Posted On Tuesday, 11.29.2011 / 1:08 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Muller to Hurricanes: 'It's a clean slate'

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kirk Muller will make his NHL coaching debut tonight, one day after replacing Paul Maurice as the Carolina head coach. He met his players before the morning skate on Tuesday, and his message to them was simple.

"We told them it's a clean slate," Muller said. "Just bring energy tonight. It's pretty hard to walk in and change all the x's and o's. I just asked them to work hard and be accountable to each other, come with some life and energy."

His counterpart, Kevin Dineen in Florida, is also a rookie NHL coach. He makes his first visit to Carolina, where he was the Carolina captain toward the end of his playing career. He expects the Hurricanes to react well to a new voice behind the bench.

"(Muller's) got a long depth of experience as an NHL assistant," Dineen said. "He's a fabulous hockey mind. His joyful enthusiasm sometimes masks his intelligence. He's such a quality person and he's going to be a very good coach for a long time."

Here's how tonight's lineups could project:

PANTHERS

Tomas Fleischmann - Stephen Weiss - Kris Versteeg
Marco Sturm - Mike Santorelli - Tomas Kopecky
Sean Bergenheim - Shawn Matthias - Jack Skille
Tim Kennedy - Mark Cullen - Evgenii Dadonov

Brian Campbell - Jason Garrison
Erik Gudbranson - Ed Jovanovski
Dmitry Kulikov - Mike Weaver

Jose Theodore

HURRICANES

Jeff Skinner - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jussi Jokinen - Chad LaRose
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Brett Sutter - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart

Bryan Allen - Tim Gleason
Tomas Kaberle - Justin Faulk
Jamie McBain - Tim Gleason

Cam Ward
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Posted On Friday, 11.25.2011 / 12:32 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Pavelec streak ends as Mason starts vs. Canes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- After 13 consecutive starts by Ondrej Pavelec in goal, the Jets will turn to backup Chris Mason Friday night against Carolina. Mason earned his only win of the season against the Hurricanes Oct. 22, coming in in relief to stop 18 of 19 shots.

"We just need to rest Pavelec," coach Claude Noel said. "Mason is really a fierce competitor. We had to get him back playing. For us, it's getting him to be part of the team. He's one of the leaders in our room."

Mason, who has appeared in four games, knows the keys to returning to the lineup after a layoff.

"I want to focus on controlling rebounds and covering pucks when I can, slow it down a bit," he said. "Those are the biggest things when you haven't played in a while. You can simulate those situations (in practice) but when you have three or four guys crashing the net and a big pile of guys around, that's the hardest part for me."

The Hurricanes will be without defenseman Jay Harrison, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He will be replaced by Derek Joslin.

JETS
Andrew Ladd - Nik Antropov - Kyle Wellwood
Evander Kane - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler
Tanner Glass - Jim Slater - Alexander Burmistrov
Chris Thorburn - Tim Stapleton - Eric Fehr
 
Dustin Byfuglien - Mark Stuart
Ron Hainsey - Zach Bogosian
Johnny Oduya - Mark Flood
 
Chris Mason

HURRICANES
Jeff SkinnerEric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jussi Jokinen - Chad LaRose
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Brett Sutter
 
Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Justin Faulk - Derek Joslin
Jamie McBain - Tomas Kaberle
  
Cam Ward
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.23.2011 / 12:45 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Canadiens' Cole returns to Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Montreal forward Erik Cole makes his first visit to Carolina after signing a four-year contract with the Canadiens at the start of free agency last July. Always one of Carolina's most popular players, Cole is familiar with returning to Raleigh in another NHL uniform. He was traded to Edmonton before the 2008-09 season, only to be brought back at the trade deadline later that season.

"No matter what the circumstances are, even with being traded to Edmonton, you commit to it and commit to your teammates," Cole said on Wednesday morning. "It's part of the job. There are some things in this business you can't control no matter who you are playing for. You just come to work every day and play hard."

Montreal coach Jacques Martin said Hal Gill will return to the lineup after missing time with a virus. Martin did not reveal which defenseman will come out of the lineup.

Here are how the lineups are projected to look for tonight's game at the RBC Center:

CANADIENS

Michael Cammalleri - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole
Travis Moen - Scott Gomez - Lars Eller
Mathieu Darche - Petteri Nokelainen - Aaron Palushaj
 
Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban
Yannick Weber - Hal Gill
Raphael Diaz - Alexei Emelin / Frederic St.Denis
 
Carey Price

HURRICANES
Jeff SkinnerEric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jussi Jokinen - Chad LaRose
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Brett Sutter
 
Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Justin Faulk - Jay Harrison
Jamie McBain - Tomas Kaberle
 
Cam Ward
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Posted On Sunday, 11.20.2011 / 11:02 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Maple Leafs Hurricanes

While Toronto and Carolina did not skate this morning, these are the projected lineups for tonight's game at the RBC Center:

Toronto

Joffrey Lupul - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel

Nikolai Kulemin - Tim Connolly - Matt Fratin

Les Steckel - Joe Colborne - Joey Crabb

Jay Rosehill - Phillipe Dupuis - Colton Orr

Dion Phaneuf - Carl Gunnarsson

John-Michael Liles - Cody Franson

Jake Gardiner - Luke Schenn

Ben Scrivens
 
Carolina
 
Anthony Stewart - Eric Staal - Chad LaRose

Jeff Skinner - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu

Alexei Ponikarovsky - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer/Zac Dalpe

Jiri Tlusty - Tim Brent - Zach Boychuk

Bryan Allen - Tim Gleason

Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk

Jamie McBain - Tomas Kaberle

Cam Ward
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Posted On Friday, 11.18.2011 / 12:28 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Hurricanes, Sabres

Here are how the lines could look for tonight's game at the RBC Center between the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres:

HURRICANES

Zach Boychuk - Eric Staal - Chad LaRose
Jeff Skinner - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Jiri Tlusty - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Tomas Kaberle
Jamie McBain - Justin Faulk

Cam Ward
Brian Boucher

SABRES
Jason Pominville - Derek Roy - Thomas Vanek
Ville Leino - Brad Boyes - Drew Stafford
Paul Gaustad - Nathan Gerbe - Patrick Kaleta
Matt Ellis - Luke Adam - Corey Tropp

Christian Ehrhoff - Jordan Leopold
Andrej Sekera - Tyler Myers
Robyn Regehr - Marc-Andre Gragnani

Jhonas Enroth
Drew MacIntyre
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Posted On Monday, 11.14.2011 / 12:16 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Flyers, Hurricanes

Here are how the lineups are projected to look tonight when the Carolina Hurricanes face the Philadelphia Flyers at the RBC Center:

FLYERS
Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jaromir Jagr
James van Riemsdyk - Danny Briere - Wayne Simmonds
Matt Read - Maxime Talbot - Jakub Voracek
Zac Rinaldo - Sean Couturier - Harrison Zolnierczyk

Chris Pronger - Matt Carle
Braydon Coburn - Kimmo Timonen
Andreas Lilja - Andrej Meszaros

Sergei Bobrovsky
Ilya Bryzgalov

HURRICANES
Eric Staal - Brandon Sutter - Chad LaRose
Justin Skinner - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Tim Brent - Patrick Dwyer
Jiri Tlusty - Zac Dalpe - Zach Boychuk

Jay Harrison - Tim Gleason
Bryan Allen - Jamie McBain
Derek Joslin - Tomas Kaberle

Cam Ward
Brian Boucher
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Posted On Saturday, 11.12.2011 / 11:00 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Penguins, Hurricanes

Here are the projected lineups for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Carolina Hurricanes for their game Saturday night at RBC Center:

PITTSBURGH
 
Steve SullivanEvgeni Malkin - James Neal
Chris KunitzJordan StaalPascal Dupuis
Matt CookeRichard ParkArron Asham
Eric TangradiJoe VitaleCraig Adams
 
Paul MartinKris Letang
Brooks Orpik – Derek Engelland
Matt Niskanen – Alexandre Picard

Marc-Andre Fleury started in goal Friday night in a 3-1 win against Dallas at Consol Energy Center. Brent Johnson is his backup.
 
CAROLINA
 
Alexei PonikarovskyEric StaalZach Boychuk
Jeff SkinnerTuomo RuutuJussi Jokinen
Chad LaRoseBrandon SutterPatrick Dwyer
Jiri TlustyTim BrentAnthony Stewart
 
Tim GleasonBryan Allen
Tomas KaberleJay Harrison
Jamie McBainJoni Pitkanen

Cam Ward started in net Friday night at Madison Square Garden in a 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers. Brian Boucher is his backup.
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Posted On Friday, 11.04.2011 / 12:39 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Boudreau: Ovi 'benching' got too much attention

Now that a few days have passed since Washington coach Bruce Boudreau sat Alex Ovechkin in the final moments of a game Tuesday night against Anaheim, the coach said Friday morning the story didn't deserve the attention it received.

"There was no football, there was no basketball, there was nothing else going on," Boudreau said after the Capitals' morning skate in Raleigh. "So they made a big deal out of nothing."

The Capitals were trailing by a goal with 1:27 left in regulation when Boudreau called a timeout. He didn’t put Ovechkin on the ice then, nor did he do so with 1:02 left when there was another stoppage in play and he pulled goaltender Tomas Vokoun for an extra attacker. Nicklas Backstrom wound up scoring the game-tying goal with 42 seconds left, as well as the winner in overtime.

"It's all about accountability, but it was way overblown," said Boudreau. "[Ovechkin] wasn't benched or anything; he just wasn't chosen to go out the last minute. I've done it many different times with many different players. You have a hunch and you go with it. I just thought the other guys were going to score."

WASHINGTON

Alex OvechkinNicklas BackstromTroy Brouwer
Cody EakinMarcus JohanssonAlexander Semin
Jason ChimeraBrooks LaichJoel Ward
Mathieu PerreaultMatt HendricksMike Knuble

Roman HamrlikDennis Wideman
John ErskineJohn Carlson
Jeff SchultzKarl Alzner

Michal Neuvirth

CAROLINA

Jiri TlustyEric StaalChad LaRose
Jeff SkinnerTuomo RuutuAnthony Stewart
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Brandon SutterPatrick Dwyer
Drayson BowmanTim BrentZach Boychuk

Joni PitkanenJamie McBain
Tim GleasonBryan Allen
Jay HarrisonTomas Kaberle

Cam Ward
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Posted On Tuesday, 11.01.2011 / 12:24 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Potential lineups for Lightning, Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here's what the lineups could look like for the Hurricanes and Lightning when they meet tonight in Carolina.

There's one lineup change for Tampa Bay, as Mattias Ritola takes the place of Tom Pyatt, centering the fourth line.


LIGHTNING
Ryan Malone - Steven Stamkos - Teddy Purcell
Brett Connolly - Vincent Lecavalier - Martin St. Louis
Ryan Shannon - Dominic Moore - Steve Downie
Nate Thompson - Mattias Ritola - Adam Hall

Pavel Kubina - Brett Clark
Eric Brewer - Victor Hedman
Marc-Andre Bergeron - Matt Gilroy

Dwayne Roloson will start in goal, with Mathieu Garon the backup.

HURRICANES
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Chad LaRose
Jeff Skinner - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Zach Boychuk - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Joni Pitkanen
Tomas Kaberle - Jamie McBain

Cam Ward will start in goal, with Brian Boucher the backup.

For on tonight's game, check out the preview here.
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Posted On Friday, 10.28.2011 / 12:47 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Blackhawks, Hurricanes

Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center:

BLACKHAWKS

Patrick Sharp - Jonathan Toews - Andrew Brunette
Patrick Kane - Marian Hossa - Daniel Carcillo
Bryan Bickell - Dave Bolland - Michael Frolik
Viktor Stalberg - Marcus Kruger - Jamal Mayers
 
Duncan Keith - Nick Leddy
Niklas Hjalmarsson - Brent Seabrook
Steve Montador - Sean O'Donnell

Corey Crawford is expected to start in goal with Ray Emery serving as his backup.
 
HURRICANES

 
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Chad LaRose
Justin Skinner - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Zach Boychuk - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart
 
Tim Gleason - Joni Pitkanen
Bryan Allen - Jay Harrison
Tomas Kaberle - Jamie McBain
 
Cam Ward is expected to start in goal with Brian Boucher serving as his backup.

With the Hurricanes looking for more offense on the top line, Tlusty will play the left wing alongside Staal and  LaRose. Stewart returns to the Hurricanes lineup after missing one game with a lower-body injury. He replaces Brett Sutter.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 1:42 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Potential lineups for Hurricanes, Senators

These are how the lineups are projected to look for tonight's game between the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center:

SENATORS

Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Colin Greening
Nick Foligno - Mika Zibanejad - Kaspars Daugavins
Erik Condra - Zack Smith - Chris Neil
Stephane Da Costa - Zenon Konopka - Jesse Winchester

Sergei Gonchar - Chris Phillips
Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen - David Rundblad

Craig Anderson will start in goal with Alex Auld serving as his backup.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is out with a hip flexor injury. Daugavins has been recalled from Binghamton and will take his place in the lineup. According to coach Paul MacLean, Daugavins might start the game in Alfredsson's spot on Mika Zibanejad's line.

HURRICANES

Alexei Ponikarovsky - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Jeff Skinner - Jussi Jokinen - Chad LaRose
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Zach Boychuk - Tim Brent - Brett Sutter

Tim Gleason - Joni Pitkanen
Bryan Allen - Jay Harrison
Tomas Kaberle - Jamie McBain

Cam Ward will start in goal with Brian Boucher serving as his backup.

The Hurricanes recalled winger Boychuk from Charlotte to replace Anthony Stewart in the lineup. Stewart is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.12.2011 / 12:38 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Bruins, Hurricanes

Here are what the lineups could look like for Wednesday's game between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.:

BRUINS
Milan Lucic - Tyler Seguin - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Rich Peverley
Benoit Pouliot - Chris Kelly - Shawn Thornton
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Jordan Caron
 
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas will get the start in goal with Tuukka Rask serving as backup.

David Krejci is out of the lineup. He remains day-to-day with a core injury. He will be replaced on the top line by Tyler Seguin. Forward Jordan Caron will return to the lineup after two games as a healthy scratch.

HURRICANES

Jeff Skinner - Eric Staal - Chad LaRose
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Tuomo Ruutu - Jussi Jokinen
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Zac Dalpe

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Tomas Kaberle - Jay Harrison
Joni Pitkanen - Jamie McBain

Cam Ward will get the start in goal with Brian Boucher serving as backup.

Carolina will dress defenseman Jamie McBain for the first time this season. He replaces 19-year-old rookie Justin Faulk, who played in the first three games.
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Posted On Friday, 10.07.2011 / 1:50 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2011 NHL Face-Off Blog

Expected lineups for Hurricanes, Lightning tonight

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes will open their seasons today at the RBC Center in Raleigh. Based on this morning's practices, here are the expected forward lines and defense pairings for each team:

LIGHTNING

Martin St. Louis-Steven Stamkos-Steve Downie
Ryan Malone-Vincent Lecavalier-Teddy Purcell
Ryan Shannon-Dominic Moore-Brett Connolly
Adam Hall-Nate Thompson-Blair Jones

Victor Hedman-Eric Brewer
Marc-Andre Bergeron-Pavel Kubina
Brett Clark-Matt Gilroy

Dwayne Roloson will start in goal, with Mathieu Roy serving as the backup

HURRICANES

Jeff Skinner-Eric Staal-Tuomo Ruutu
Jiri Tlusty-Jussi Jokinen-Chad LaRose
Alexei Ponikarovsky-Brandon Sutter-Patrick Dwyer
Anthony Stewart-Tim Brent-Zac Dalpe

Joni Pitkanen-Tim Gleason
Jay Harrison-Bryan Allen
Tomas Kaberle-Justin Faulk

Cam Ward will start in goal, with Brian Boucher the backup
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