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Gameday: Avalanche vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Home sweet home!


This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s homecoming match-up between the Colorado Avalanche 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.

With a back-to-back faceoff on the heels of a seven-game road trip, the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate, but we’ll pass along updates as they are made available. Until then, check out a quick preview below.

Last updated: 5:00 p.m.



CANES LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES
5:00 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters confirmed a pair of lineup changes for tonight's game: Cam Ward will start in net, and Brad Malone will draw in for Andrej Nestrasil on the fourth line.

Here's more of what Peters had to say in advance of this evening's game.

On the challenges of playing at home on in a back-to-back set after an extended road trip: "The biggest challenge is the back-to-back with travel, but that happens in this league. We've got to get our head wrapped around that, and right away, we've got to make sure we skate. We're playing against a team that skates well as a group, and we've got to make sure we get everyone involved and skating early."

On what the team has done well in the last two games: "We've stayed with it. ... We did a good job in the third period when we were down in Long Island mounting a push. We continued that into overtime."

On what to expect against the Avs, who the Canes beat in a tight 1-0 game 10 days ago: "They're a real good team defensively. You look at their trip, and they haven't given up a 5-on-5 goal. ... Against us, they didn't give up a 5-on-5 goal. Don't turn down a chance to shoot and make sure we capitalize when we get our opportunities."



BEFORE THE FACEOFF
4:20 p.m.

Michelle McMahon previews tonight's game as the Canes return to Raleigh!




RELIVE LAST NIGHT'S OT VICTORY
11:00 a.m.

Miss last night's exciting 3-2 overtime victory or just want to see it again? We've got you covered. Full highlights are available below, and also be sure to check out our (w)infographic and photo gallery from the game.




CANES RETURN HOME TO HOST AVS
6:00 a.m.

It’s a joyous homecoming for the Carolina Hurricanes, who finally return to PNC Arena after playing seven straight games on the road and snatching eight of a possible 14 points (4-3-0) in the process.

AVALANCHE vs. HURRICANES
Avalanche vs. Hurricanes
PNC ARENA | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
INFOGRAPHIC: CAR 3, NYI 2 (OT)
VIDEOS
HIGHLIGHTS: CANES TOP ISLES IN OT
WATCH: HAINSEY'S OT WINNER
WATCH: TERRY TIES IT
GAMEDAY LINKS
BUY TICKETS
GIVEAEWAY: CLING SET
THIRD JERSEY SCHEDULE
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
The annual State Fair road trip was emphatically capped on Thursday night with a 3-2 overtime win over the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. The 3-on-3 hero was Ron Hainsey, who rushed up the ice, accepted a pass from Jordan Staal in stride and backhanded the frozen biscuit past a sliding Thomas Greiss. It was the veteran defenseman’s second-straight game-winning goal – and just the fifth of his career.

Staal also set up Chris Terry’s game-tying goal in the latter half of the third period, putting the puck square on Terry’s tape for the easy tap in. The primary helpers were Staal’s first two points of the season.

In net, Eddie Lack made 17 saves on 19 shots to earn his first win in a Hurricanes sweater. Hainsey awarded the 27-year-old Swedish goaltender with the Canes’ fireman’s helmet after the game.

The 3-2 overtime victory marked the Canes’ first come-from-behind win of the season, and it was just the third time in 10 games that the Islanders had been held to two goals or fewer. The Hurricanes are now 13-2-2 in their last 17 meetings on the road against the Islanders.

Carolina now brings back to Raleigh its first winning streak of the season (two games) after a successful road swing. Tonight’s match-up with the Colorado Avalanche, the second meeting between the two teams in 10 days, gives the Canes a chance to finish October with 10 points, which would be an eight-point betterment of October a year ago.

Colorado was in action on Thursday night, as well, scoring first and holding on to edge the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1. That victory halted a four-game skid that included a 1-0 overtime loss to the Hurricanes just over a week ago.

Forward Andrej Nestrasil returned to the Canes lineup on Thursday after missing a pair of games with a lower-body injury. Brad Malone and Michal Jordan were the Canes’ healthy extras in Brooklyn.

Playing in front of a gaggle of family and friends on Thursday, Tarrytown, NY, native Brett Pesce did not appear to be a rookie defenseman playing in his third NHL game. He logged 20:41 of ice time, including seeing the ice in 3-on-3 overtime, was a plus-1 and registered a shot and a hit.

CANESPR NOTES: The Hurricanes have won five straight against Colorado at home, while the Avs have posted a 0-3-2 record in that stretch. Colorado’s last win at PNC Arena came Jan. 12, 2008, a 5-4 decision. … After recording his first points of the season on Thursday night, perhaps this is an encouraging sign of things to come: Jordan Staal is better than a point-per-game producer against the Avalanche, posting 12 points (6g, 6a) in 10 games.



Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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