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Hurricanes eager to get season started

Friday, 10.04.2013 / 12:55 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Hurricanes eager to get season started

RALEIGH, N.C. -- While the Detroit Red Wings already have played a game -- a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday -- the Carolina Hurricanes will be among the final teams to begin the regular season when the puck drops Friday here at PNC Arena.

The Hurricanes will have plenty to prove, coming off a 13th-place finish in the Eastern Conference last season. Carolina coach Kirk Muller said his team is itching to start after a week-long layoff since the final preseason game.

"These guys are programmed to practice one or two days, then play a game," Muller said. "Once the season started [for other teams] and they were watching games, you could see them getting a little anxious. It's nice that it's finally here and they're mentally prepared for a big season."

Here are the projected lineups for the game Friday between the Red Wings and Hurricanes:

RED WINGS

Henrik Zetterberg - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader

Johan Franzen - Stephen Weiss - Daniel Alfredsson

Todd Bertuzzi - Joakim Andersson - Daniel Cleary

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Mikael Samuelsson

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Danny DeKeyser - Jakub Kindl

Kyle Quincey - Brendan Smith

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Tomas Tatar, Brian Lashoff

Injured: Darren Helm, Jordin Tootoo, Patrick Eaves, Jonas Gustavsson

HURRICANES

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin

Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Patrick Dwyer

Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Radek Dvorak

Drayson Bowman - Elias Lindholm - Kevin Westgarth

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk

Jay Harrison - Ryan Murphy

Brett Bellemore - Ron Hainsey

Cam Ward

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Brett Sutter, Mike Komisarek

Injured: Tuomo Ruutu, Tim Gleason

Quote of the Day

It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness