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Recap: Canes Have Winning Streak Snapped in Columbus

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Analysis from Columbus

→ The Carolina Hurricanes saw their four-game winning streak end in a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the second meeting between the two teams in a span of a week. Sebastian Aho had the Canes' lone tally, while Alex Nedeljkovic made his NHL debut in net halfway through the contest.

"They won most of the individual battles, a lot of the puck battles," head coach Bill Peters said. "Their puck support was there quicker than we were. I just thought we lost a lot of battles in all three zones."

"I thought we played OK in the first period, but a couple tough goals," Aho said. "We need to bring more speed and play faster."

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Gameday: Hurricanes at Blue Jackets

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

COLUMBUS - Mentally preparing myself now for the cannon.

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight's Metropolitan Division showdown between the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

The Hurricanes will be on the ice at Nationwide Arena for an 11:30 a.m. morning skate, and we'll be rinkside to bring you the latest.

Last updated: 4:20 p.m.

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Canes Recall Alex Nedeljkovic from Charlotte

Michael Leighton reassigned to Checkers

by Ken Preston / Carolina Hurricanes News Release

RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (nuh-DEHL-koh-vihch) from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. The team also reassigned goaltender Michael Leighton to Charlotte.

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Notebook: Divisional Stretch Continues for Canes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

If they had it their way, the Carolina Hurricanes would never leave PNC Arena.

After all, they own one of the league's best home records there this season at 15-4-1, including a near-perfect 14-1-1 mark in their last 16.

But, the NHL schedule dictates that each team must play 41 road games, so after snagging all eight of a possible eight points in a four-game homestand, the Hurricanes hit the road to face the Blue Jackets in their first of two visits to Columbus this week.

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Brock McGinn Named NHL's Third Star of the Week

Rookie forward earned seven points in Carolina's three home wins

by Ken Preston / Carolina Hurricanes News Release

RALEIGH, NC - The National Hockey League announced on Monday that Carolina Hurricanes rookie forward Brock McGinn has been selected as the league's third star of the week.

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Recap: Hurricanes Rout Islanders

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Analysis from Raleigh

→ It was a back-and-forth contest until it wasn't. The Carolina Hurricanes scored three goals in both the second and third periods to win their fourth straight game at home, a 7-4 rout of the New York Islanders. Brock McGinn tallied a four-point night (1g, 3a), and Jordan Staal, Elias Lindholm and Lee Stempniak each had three points (1g, 2a).

"It was an open game. There was lots of opportunities unfortunately sometimes both ways," Staal said. "I thought we gave up a few too many good chances, but we found a way to put the puck in net and get two points."

With the victory, the Hurricanes earned all eight of a possible eight points in their four-game homestand, improved to 14-1-1 in their last 16 home games and are now within a point of a wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with games in hand.

"We're right there, for sure. I know our conference is very good, and the Metropolitan Division is very good. It's going to be a lot of fun. You've got to win games on a consistent basis," head coach Bill Peters said. "You've got to look after your business. We did that last night and tonight."

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Gameday: Islanders vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

"I am one with The Foce, and The Force is with me."

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight's Star Wars Night tilt featuring the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, videos, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

The Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate on the second half of a back-to-back set. We'll speak with head coach Bill Peters in the afternoon and have lineup-centric updates then.

Last updated: 4:55 p.m.

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Recap: Skinner, McGinn Lead Canes Past Sabres, 5-2

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Analysis from Raleigh

→ Bolstered by two-goal efforts from both Jeff Skinner and Brock McGinn, the Carolina Hurricanes began the second half of their season with their third straight win at home, a season series sweep of the Buffalo Sabres in a 5-2 victory.

"We realize there's a lot of hockey left. We want to keep trying to build on the good things in our game," Skinner said of the Canes, who have improved to 13-1-1 at home in their last 15 games. "We've done a good job the past few weeks of doing that."

"When we play at a high level, all four lines finding a way to play with pace, I think that's when we're at our best," head coach Bill Peters said.

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Archives: Ward Having Fun Again

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

This story was originally published on Feb. 28, 2015, after Cam Ward had played in his 500th NHL game. On Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, Ward will play in his 600th NHL game.


"Have Fun."

Seven letters, two words. You can find them hand-inscribed on the bottom of each of Cam Ward's goalie sticks, right where the paddle meets the blade. It's a simple reminder of an important message.

"My parents said, 'The more fun you have, the better you do,'" said Ward, now a father of two, himself. "That was our golden rule growing up. I don't think that should change as a professional."

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Gameday: Sabres vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Perfect tailgating weather in mid-January. Happy Friday!

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight's game featuring the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, videos, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

We'll be rinkside to bring you the latest from the Hurricanes morning skate at 10:30 a.m. at PNC Arena.

Last updated: 5:45 p.m.

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