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Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 12:59 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Hurricanes expect Bergeron to step right in

RALEIGH N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday in exchange for forward Adam Hall and a seventh-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Bergeron joins his seventh NHL team and is expected to be in the Carolina lineup Tuesday against the Washington Capitals.

"We're bringing him in here for the power play," said Carolina coach Kirk Muller, whose team has an NHL-worst 12.7-percent conversion rate with the man advantage.

"Basically, he shoots the puck and he's got a cannon. He's a veteran guy and I've worked with him before."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 1:24 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Hurricanes place Jokinen, Wallace on waivers

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes placed forwards Jussi Jokinen and Tim Wallace on waivers Tuesday.

Jokinen, who scored 30 goals three seasons ago, has five goals and 10 points through the first 30 games.

Wallace has played 21 games with Carolina, recording one goal. He has 20 points in 43 games with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

Here are the projected lineups for Tuesday night's game between the Winnipeg Jets and Hurricanes:

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Posted On Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 11:36 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Ruutu to make season debut for Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Two key players will return to their respective lineups for the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes when they face off Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur is ready to return after missing 13 games with a pinched nerve in his neck. The Devils were 3-8-2 in his absence, as Johan Hedberg made all 13 starts. Brodeur, who last played on Feb. 21, has an 8-2-3 mark and a 2.27 goals-against average.

The Hurricanes will work forward Tuomo Ruutu into the lineup for the first time this season, after recovering from hip surgery in December. The team activated him from injured reserve Thursday.

“He’s excited and ready to go,” Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. “We waited to see what the right opportunity was for him. I said, ‘Listen, when you feel comfortable, let me know.’ He felt comfortable enough this morning to say, ‘I’m ready."

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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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