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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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