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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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Posted On Tuesday, 01.31.2012 / 12:36 PM

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

Islanders turn to Poulin for start vs. Hurricanes

The New York Islanders will have American Hockey League callup Kevin Poulin between the pipes against the Carolina Hurricanes when the teams meet Tuesday night at the RBC Center. Poulin, who made 51 saves in Bridgeport's 6-2 win over Adirondack Friday night, is making his third start of the season for the Islanders.

Here's how the lineups for both sides are projected to look:

ISLANDERS
Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - PA Parenteau
Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo
Matt Martin - Josh Bailey - Rhett Rakhshani
Jay Pandolfo - Nino Niederreiter - Tim Wallace

Mark Eaton - Milan Jurcina
Mark Streit - Steve Staios
Travis Hamonic - Andrew MacDonald

Kevin Poulin
Evgeni Nabokov

HURRICANES

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Jussi Jokinen - Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash
Patrick Dwyer - Brandon Sutter - Andreas Nodl
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Chad LaRose

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Derek Joslin - Jamie McBain

Cam Ward
Justin Peters

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Posted On Monday, 01.23.2012 / 12:54 PM

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

Mason hopes to continue mastery of Hurricanes

The Jets have had the Hurricanes' number this season, winning the first three games between the Southeast Division rivals. Winnipeg backup goaltender Chris Mason has been in the net for all of them, twice as the starter, once in relief. He has surrendered just four goals in the process.

"I don't really have an explanation," Mason said. "I haven't played against them a ton. I've had the three games against them this year and I've done pretty good. There's other teams I have played against a lot more and I don't have success against, even though I may have a better idea of what guys are going to do."

Given Mason's record against Carolina, Winnipeg coach Claude Noel didn't need to ponder the goaltending choice very long.
 
"If a guy has success against a team and feels comfortable, it's a pretty easy decision," he said. "But there's no guarantees in a game. Carolina's been going good. They've played a lot of low-scoring games. It's going to be all we can handle. Mason's going to have to be good."

Cam Ward will make his eighth straight start for Carolina. In his current stretch of seven consecutive starts, Ward has allowed no more than two goals in any game, good for a 3-2-2 mark.

JETS
Alexander Burmistrov - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler
Andrew Ladd - Nik Antropov - Kyle Wellwood
Tanner Glass - Jim Slater - Chris Thorburn
Eric Fehr - Patrice Cormier - Antti Miettinen
 
Tobias Enstrom - Ron Hainsey
Johnny Oduya - Zach Bogosian
Mark Stuart - Randy Jones
 
Chris Mason
Ondrej Pavelec
 
HURRICANES
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Jussi Jokinen - Jeff Skinner - Zac Dalpe
Patrick Dwyer - Brandon Sutter - Andreas Nodl
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Chad LaRose
 
Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Derek Joslin - Jamie McBain
 
Cam Ward
Justin Peters
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Posted On Friday, 01.20.2012 / 12:35 PM

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

Projected lineups for Capitals, Hurricanes

Here's how the lineups could look tonight when Southeast Division rivals Washington and Carolina face off at RBC Center:

CAPITALS
Alex Ovechkin - Marcus Johansson - Troy Brouwer
Alexander Semin - Brooks Laich - Jason Chimera
Matt Hendricks - Jeff Halpern - Mike Knuble
Cody Eakin - Mathieu Perreault - Joel Ward
 
Roman Hamrlik - John Carlson
Karl Alzner - Dennis Wideman
Dmitry Orlov - Tomas Kundratek
 
Tomas Vokoun will start in goal with Michal Neuvirth serving as the backup.
 
HURRICANES

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Jussi Jokinen - Jeff Skinner - Zac Dalpe
Patrick Dwyer - Brandon Sutter - Andreas Nodl
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Alexei Ponikarovsky
 
Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Derek Joslin - Jamie McBain
 
Cam Ward will start in goal, with Justin Peters serving as the backup.
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Posted On Saturday, 01.14.2012 / 12:25 PM

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

Canes will hold Skinner out against Bruins

RALEIGH -- Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner will not make his return to the lineup tonight against the Boston Bruins after missing 15 games with a concussion. Skinner went through the morning skate and did stickhandling drills with the assistant coaches afterwards, but the staff is being cautious before allowing his return.

"If there's any question mark or any uncertainty, we want to make sure he's 100 percent," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. "He had another workout today. We have back-to-back games here, so hopefully we will get him ready for tomorrow (at Washington)."

Here are tonight's projected lineups:

BRUINS

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Tyler Seguin - Patrice Bergeron - Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton
Benoit Pouliot - Chris Kelly - Jordan Caron

Adam McQuaid - Joe Corvo
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Brad Ference - Dennis Seidenberg

Tuukka Rask took the morning skate and is the likely starting goaltender. Tim Thomas did not skate.

HURRICANES

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Patrick Dwyer - Brandon Sutter - Andreas Nodl
Jerome Samson - Jussi Jokinen - Alexei Ponikarovsky
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Brett Sutter

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Derek Joslin - Jamie McBain

Cam Ward will start in goal for Carolina, with Justin Peters serving as the backup.
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Posted On Tuesday, 01.10.2012 / 12:48 PM

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

Hurricanes lose LaRose to injury, projected lineups

The Hurricanes will be without forward Chad LaRose, who sustained an upper-body injury in practice. Jerome Samson has been recalled from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

FLYERS
Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jaromir Jagr
Danny Briere - Maxime Talbot - Jakub Voracek
James van Riemsdyk - Brayden Schenn - Wayne Simmonds
Harry Zolnierczyk - Sean Couturier - Matt Read

Braydon Coburn - Kimmo Timonen
Andreas Lilja - Andrej Meszaros
Marc-Andre Bourdon - Matt Carle

Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal with Ilya Bryzgalov serving as the backup.

HURRICANES
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Andreas Nodl - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jussi Jokinen - Jerome Samson
Brett Sutter - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart

Tim Gleason - Jamie McBain
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Jaroslav Spacek - Bryan Allen

Cam Ward will start in goal with Justin Peters serving as the backup.
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