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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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