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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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