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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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