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Posted On Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 9:16 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Philadelphia Flyers will try to end an ignominious streak Saturday afternoon when they face the Carolina Hurricanes (1 p.m. ET; FS-CR, CSN-PH).

When the Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Wednesday, they continued their dominance (10-1-4) against teams currently in position to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The issue is how they perform against teams outside of the playoff picture. The Flyers are 0-6-4 in their past 10 against those teams.

Posted On Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 4:04 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Bruins at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Boston Bruins ended a six-game losing streak Saturday with a 4-2 win against the New York Rangers. With 87 points, the Bruins hold a one-point advantage on the Ottawa Senators for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference entering their game Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes (5 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNP, NESN, FS-CR).

Goalie Tuukka Rask will start for the Bruins after leaving the game Saturday 10 seconds into the second period with apparent dehydration. Rask was replaced by Niklas Svedberg, who stopped 16 of 18 shots.

"Our doctors told us he was fine," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "It was just one of the those situations where we played it safe. He was deemed fine after the game."

Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 1:06 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Devils at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- There will be no Stanley Cup Playoffs implications when the New Jersey Devils meet the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-CR).

The Hurricanes have been eliminated, and the Devils have only a remote mathematical chance, but that doesn't matter to New Jersey forward Mike Cammalleri. He is not worried about getting up for games in late March.

"As an individual, I truly feel like we have the best jobs in the world and I feel privileged to play in the NHL," said Cammalleri, who leads New Jersey with 25 goals. "All of us have worked really hard to get here. I really appreciate the experience. I look at the remaining games and wish we had another 100 to go. It's not that hard to get up for it. It's a lot of fun to play hockey."

Posted On Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 1:26 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Penguins

Christian Ehrhoff
Defense - PIT
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 11 | PTS: 14
SOG: 110 | +/-: 8
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without defenseman Christian Ehrhoff Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m. ET; ROOT, FS-CR) because of an upper-body injury sustained Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.

"He's going to be out for several days," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. "We will continue to see every 24 hours how he reacts and what our doctors have to say. I'm not going to put a time line on it."

That's one of two concerns for Pittsburgh, which is 1-4-1 in its past six games. The Penguins, who are third in the Metropolitan Division with 91 points, will skate with eleven forwards Thursday.

"We will play one short tonight," Johnston said. "Any time you're playing with 11 forwards you'll mix your lines up a little bit. On the road it's a little different as well. It gives a look that [Carolina] may not be ready for."

Posted On Monday, 03.23.2015 / 1:43 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blackhawks at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Two personal milestones will be within reach for the Chicago Blackhawks when they face the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, but first they will try to regroup as a team.

The Blackhawks stumbled through a 4-0 road loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday, ending a 6-0-1 stretch.

"Going into that game, we were on a bit of a streak, but streaks were made to be broken," Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell said. "We didn't play our best hockey, but we can't take these guys lightly. We need to have the start we want and we have to execute better."

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews will take his third shot at his 500th NHL point. Prior to scoreless games against the Stars and New York Rangers, Toews had two goals and two assists against the New York Islanders last Tuesday.

Posted On Saturday, 03.21.2015 / 12:04 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Rangers at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Facing back-to-back weekend games and three games in four nights, the New York Rangers did not have a morning skate on Saturday before playing the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

The Rangers, who are 14-2-2 since Feb. 10, return home Sunday to host the Anaheim Ducks before playing the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Carolina, meanwhile, continues to tinker and evaluate as it prepare for the final twelve games of the season.

Eric Staal returns to the wing after a few games back in his familiar role at center, but this time he won't be skating with his brother Jordan Staal. Eric will play the left side with rookie Victor Rask centering and Elias Lindholm on the right wing.

"We know what works best, obviously," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "We didn't score against Montreal, so we went back to a lineup that matches up better for what (the Rangers) are going to do here tonight."

Posted On Tuesday, 03.17.2015 / 1:28 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Ottawa Senators continue to be a hot team and feel-good story. With an 11-1-1 mark in their past 13 games, they are five points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

All eyes will be on goaltender Andrew Hammond against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. He can tie Hockey Hall of Fame member Frank Brimsek's record for starting his career with 12 straight games allowing fewer than three goals (Boston Bruins, 1938-39). Hammond has a 10-0-1 record.

Hammond has spent most of the past two seasons honing his game with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League. He has put up much better statistical numbers in the NHL than the AHL, something he attributes to the quality of play in front of him in Ottawa.

Posted On Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 1:50 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Panthers at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Florida Panthers continue their push toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Panthers began the day trailing the Boston Bruins by six points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

With five points in their past three games, Florida has tried to keep pace despite the loss of both NHL goaltenders, Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya, to injuries. Veteran goaltender Dan Ellis has helped the Panthers earn five points in three games since his March 4 recall from the San Antonio Rampage. Ellis, who played for the Hurricanes in 2012-13, doesn't feel any particular pressure shouldering the duties in goal after 36 games in the American Hockey League.

"Hockey is hockey from one league to the next," said Ellis who has played 207 NHL games. "When you play a lot of games, you get a chance to get into a bit of rhythm. I knew the team's playoff position here, but I wasn't going to put the whole team's fate on my back. We win as a team, we lose as a team. I just have to play my best to give them a chance to win."

Posted On Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 1:44 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Stars at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Dallas Stars will be without defenseman John Klingberg, who left the game Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers with an upper-body injury, when they face the Carolina Hurricanes. Jason Demers, who missed the game with an illness, could take Klingberg's spot in the lineup.

The Stars remain on the fringe of the Stanley Cup Playoff race in the Western Conference following a 2-1 win at the Flyers. After winning three out of four, the Stars are showing the kind of commitment that keeps a team in the hunt.

"You have lulls in the season where maybe a shot lane doesn't mean as much to a player [as it does now]," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. "Right now we see Ales Hemsky going down blocking shots, you see Jason Spezza going sideways to block shots. It's the desperation, where, if you've made a bad play, you get back to your own end if that half of a second makes a difference."

Posted On Tuesday, 03.10.2015 / 1:17 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to reverse a 1-7-1 stretch when they face the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. The Blue Jackets are coming off a 4-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

"Obviously, we want to win, and right now that's our focus: trying to win every game playing the way we know we can," defenseman David Savard said. "Don't worry about what's going to happen after the game. Don't worry about the score. It's about the process and our team identity."

Rene Bourque will play his second game with Columbus since being acquired from Anaheim prior to the NHL Trade Deadline. He played 14:21 in his debut against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

"He's big, he's strong, he can skate and shoot the puck," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "Now it's just getting it to translate in games. He's going to get an opportunity and we will see what he does tonight. He's proven he can score at this level."

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