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Mailbag: Round Two

Questions from the Canes Twittersphere, answered

by Walt Ruff @WaltRuff / Hurricanes.com

RALEIGH, NC - Round two, round two.

No, we're not talking playoffs yet, we're talking about the second mailbag of the season. Canes fans are an inquisitive bunch and always want to know more about the team. It's fantastic and here's where we try to answer their thoughts.

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Kotkaniemi Scores In Return To Montreal, Canes Defeat Canadiens 4-1

Poetic justice for the Canes new forward, tipping home late insurance goal

by Walt Ruff @WaltRuff / Hurricanes.com

MONTREAL - The Carolina Hurricanes improved their undefeated start to the season to three wins in three games Thursday night, earning a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

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Projected Lineup: Canes at Canadiens

Teravainen, Necas swap spots on right wing

by Walt Ruff @WaltRuff / Hurricanes.com

MONTREAL - Despite having two wins in two games, Head Coach Rod Brind'Amour feels as if his team has more to offer, thus moving some of the team's big parts around within his lineup. Teuvo Teravainen is expected to join Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Sebastian Aho for an all-Finn line, while Martin Necas now slots aside Andrei Svechnikov and Vincent Trocheck.

Here is the projected lineup for the Hurricanes:

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Preview: Canes at Canadiens

Canes head north of the border to begin two-game road trip

by Walt Ruff @WaltRuff / Hurricanes.com

Montreal - Finally turning the page on a four-day break that was since their last contest, the Canes take on the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Centre Bell.

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Part of the Job: Kotkaniemi Prepared For Return To Montreal

Canes off-season acquisition returns to face his former club for the first time Thursday

by Walt Ruff @WaltRuff / Hurricanes.com

RALEIGH, NC - Thursday night. Canes vs. Canadiens. Jesperi Kotkaniemi returns to Centre Bell.

The stage is set and by now most angles of the story have been covered. But what's it really like as we now inch closer to tomorrow night's return north of the border for the Canes forward to take on his former team for the first time?

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As Cliché As It Gets: Fast Start

Canes winger catching attention with goals in both of his team's games thus far

by Walt Ruff @WaltRuff / Hurricanes.com

RALEIGH, NC - As the Meatloaf hit goes, "Two out of three ain't bad."

For Canes forward Jesper Fast, two goals on three shots to begin the campaign certainly isn't bad either.

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No Panic Necessary: Hurricanes Utilize New Line Combinations at Practice

Top six shuffled followed Saturday's performance in Nashville

by Walt Ruff @WaltRuff / Hurricanes.com

RALEIGH, NC - We knew this day was coming, it was just a matter of when.

While today's shakeup was noteworthy, it's not earthshattering, nor a cause for concern. Rod Brind'Amour has said from the onset of training camp that all his line combinations that he's rolled out so far have come in an attempt to see what's going to work and what won't.

Most teams that have two wins in two games would feel as if what they're trying to execute is working, especially when the team tallies nine goals in those two games. However, as seen during the third period of Saturday night's victory, the head coach wasn't satisfied with what he was getting from his group, thus shifting personnel around. Jordan Martinook was skating with Sebastian Aho for a bit and in a late-game situation Aho was then with Jordan Staal and Jesper Fast. 

Those are just two examples of how some of the parts were moved and at Monday's practice the combinations were the following:

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Recap: Canes Come Away with 3-2 Victory in Nashville

Andersen outstanding, keeping Carolina in the contest throughout

by Walt Ruff @WaltRuff / Hurricanes.com

NASHVILLE - In a contest that felt reminiscent to their Stanley Cup Playoffs battles from just five months ago, the Carolina Hurricanes prevailed against the Nashville Predators Saturday night by a score of 3-2.

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Projected Lineup: Canes at Predators

Same lineup expected as Thursday's victory over New York

by Walt Ruff @WaltRuff / Hurricanes.com

NASHVILLE, TN - If it's not broke, don't fix it right? That appears to be Rod Brind'Amour's logic in regards to the cast he'll be rolling out tonight at Bridgestone Arena.

Here is the projected lineup for the Hurricanes:

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Preview: Canes at Predators

Canes travel to the Music City for first road contest

by Walt Ruff @WaltRuff / Hurricanes.com

NASHVILLE, TN - After beginning their season in victory fashion Thursday night at PNC Arena, the Canes will attempt to accomplish the same end result tonight away from home, as they meet the Nashville Predators.

When: Saturday, October 16, 8 p.m. EST
Watch: Bally Sports South, Bally Sports App
Listen: 99.9 The Fan, Hurricanes.com/Listen, Hurricanes App
 

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