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Posted On Wednesday, 11.25.2015 / 1:40 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Oilers at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan hinted that he could make a couple lineup changes when his team meets the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, SNW, FS-CR).

Forward Anton Lander, who has zero points in 20 games, was a healthy scratch when Edmonton lost 1-0 against the Washington Capitals on Monday night. He could be back against the Hurricanes. McLellan was careful to point out that Lander was not being punished when he sat out for the first time this season.

"He's a good, hard player, he cares about his teammates, he wants to win," the Edmonton coach said. "In his situation, pulling him out and letting him watch, sometimes you figure out when you do have more time (to make plays). When he does get back in the lineup, I hope he used his time that way rather than thinking it's a punishment."

Posted On Friday, 11.20.2015 / 1:46 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin will make his NHL debut Friday against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET; SNO, FS-CR).

Slavin, 21, was recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. A first-year pro, he has seven assists in 14 AHL games.

"I'm just overwhelmed a bit," Slavin said. "It's amazing; a dream come true. I'm excited to get out there and show what I've got and help the team get a win tonight. It's definitely in the back of your mind that it's your first NHL game. But it only happens once so you have to go out and enjoy it.

Slavin's opportunity comes while defenseman Ryan Murphy is recovering from a concussion.

"He skates well and he was good in the exhibition season for us," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said of Slavin. "The way we've played recently, we've come off it a little bit in my opinion. So we want to put him in and see what he can do at this level."

Posted On Monday, 11.16.2015 / 1:40 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Ducks at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Forward Nick Ritchie, the No. 10 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, will make his debut Monday for the Anaheim Ducks when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-SD, FS-SE).

Ritchie had nine goals in 12 games for San Diego of the American Hockey League at the time of his recall. He will skate on a line with Ryan Kesler and Chris Stewart.

"He's a big guy, we want to see what he can do," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "If you bring up your prize rookie from the minors, you don't want to play him six minutes. You want to see if he can play."

Posted On Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 1:53 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Philadelphia Flyers will be without defenseman Mark Streit and forward R.J. Umberger when they face the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-PH, FS-CR).

Streit will have surgery Tuesday to repair a pubic plate detachment and will miss six weeks, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Saturday. He was placed on long-term injured reserve. Umberger was placed on injured reserve because of a lower-body injury.

The 37-year-old Streit is second on the Flyers with nine points and with 22:45 of ice time per game. Prior to this injury he had missed one game in three seasons with the Flyers.

"He's a big factor for us in terms of his leadership," Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol said. "He's a very quiet leader but extremely well respected in our room. Just the consummate professional who every day does the right thing. It leaves a gap that others have to fill and it's an opportunity for others to step into as well."

The Flyers recalled forward Taylor Leier and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League. Both are expected to play against the Hurricanes.

Posted On Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 1:57 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Wild at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Minnesota Wild will seek their third straight win when they face the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, FS-CR).

Carolina is coming off a 3-0 road loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday. The Hurricanes outshot New York 33-23 and had six power-play opportunities.

"I see a team that's playing well that just hasn't found a lot of wins," Wild coach Mike Yeo said of the Hurricanes. "I thought they were all over the Rangers, then the Rangers scored a couple quick ones. I expect a pretty desperate team. They're playing good hockey both with and without the puck."

Minnesota recalled forward Christoph Bertschy and defenseman Gustov Olofsson from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Thursday. Bertschy had two shots on goal in 8:08 of ice time in his NHL debut against the Tampa Bay Lightning last Saturday.

"For his first game, he got better as the game went on," Yeo said. "He's got the speed to get in on the forecheck but also to break some plays."

Posted On Saturday, 11.07.2015 / 1:32 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Forward Mark Stone will return to the Ottawa Senators lineup Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena (7 p.m. ET; SN1, TVA Sports 2, FS-CR) after serving a two-game suspension.

"I want to play," said Stone, who has 13 points in 11 games. "It's always frustrating sitting games. I'm excited, the team's playing well. I'll just come in and add my element to the team."

Stone sat out two games for a hit to the head against Detroit Red Wings forward Landon Ferraro. The Senators picked up the slack in his absence, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 and the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in a shootout.

"It's nothing we're not used to," Stone said. "We've played in a lot of tight games at the start of this year and the end of last year. It's the kind of way we need to play to win our games."

Posted On Friday, 11.06.2015 / 2:00 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Stars at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Dallas Stars will keep their lineup intact when they face the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday (7 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-CR).

Kari Lehtonen, who made 36 saves in a 5-3 defeat of the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, will make his sixth start in goal.

"I thought he [Lehtonen] really fought hard to keep us in the game and give us a chance," said Dallas coach Lindy Ruff. "I think we're waiting to see with this trial-and-error situation with the goaltenders. I just told them that I want them both to play well."

Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are tied for the League lead with 20 points, giving the Stars a formidable 1-2 punch. A stronger commitment to defensive play has given the Stars an edge they didn't have last season.

"Last year we wanted to outscore teams every night," Seguin said. "This year we're playing better defense and letting our offense take over from there. When we want to compete every night there's not many teams that can compete with us."

Posted On Sunday, 11.01.2015 / 4:02 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Lightning at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will start for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Vasilevskiy, recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League, makes his first NHL start since Game 4 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when he made 17 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. He missed the first month of this season after surgery to remove a blood clot and won both of his starts during his conditioning assignment last week, making 56 saves on 58 shots.

Forward Tye McGinn was also recalled. Goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis and forward Jonathan Marchessault were returned to Syracuse.

Posted On Friday, 10.30.2015 / 10:22 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov will be back in net Friday as they face the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena (7 p.m. ET; ALT2, FS-CR).

Varlamov made 34 saves Thursday in a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"I'm going to use him [Friday], no doubt about it," Colorado coach Patrick Roy said after the game. "When we gave some chances, [Varlamov] was phenomenal for us. It's a chance to win two out of three on the trip. [The Hurricanes] are a team that's playing well, and we need to be ready for those guys."

The Hurricanes return from a seven-game road trip after a 3-2 overtime win against the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.13.2015 / 12:28 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Panthers at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Eddie Lack and Al Montoya will make their season debuts in goal when the Carolina Hurricanes host the Florida Panthers.

For Lack, the start will be his first with the Hurricanes after being acquired from the Vancouver Canucks in a June 27 trade.

"Obviously it's exciting, something I've been looking forward to since the trade," Lack said. "The play behind the net is a little different but we've been getting on the same page since training camp. So it feels good going into tonight."

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