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Gameday: Blackhawks vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks 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 Canes will hold a 10:30 a.m. morning skate at PNC Arena, and we’ll be there to bring you rinkside updates!

Last updated: 1:30 p.m.



QUOTE 'EM
1:30 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters spoke with the media after the Canes morning skate, as per usual. Here's a sampling of what he said.

On the opposition: "It’s a great time to play them. We’ve played real well in our last two home games. We had one we weren’t exactly enthralled with in Montreal. I’d rather play teams that are playing well. They’re 7-2-1 in their last 10, and they don’t give up much."

On owing the Blackhawks: "We didn’t play very well in Chicago on trade deadline day, and we have a chance to bounce back."

On if the trade deadline impacted the first meeting between these teams: "I think so. For sure it did. We are a bit young and fragile at that time. There are some guys that thought they were probably going to get moved and didn’t. All of a sudden, you take a big breath and next thing you know, you’re down 5-1."

On "measuring stick" games: "For sure. We’re finding out who can compete. The league is at a high level right now, so if you’re not a competitive player and you think you’re going to go through the motions, it’s not going to work for you."

On the play of Anton Khudobin: "He’s played good. He’s been real good here recently.” “He’s been excellent. Wardo has been sick, so it’s a situation that’s allowed Dobby to play. This will be his fifth consecutive game, and he’s been good in all of them."

On Danny Biega: "Danny was better in game two than he was in game one, and now he’s got a real big test here today."



CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
10:30 a.m.

Here's what to expect lineup-wise when the Canes host the Blackhawks tonight.

E. Staal-Rask-Lindholm
Gerbe-J. Staal-Nestrasil
Skinner-Nash-Semin
Terry-McClement-Dwyer

Hainsey-Faulk
Liles-Biega
Jordan-Murphy

Khudobin
Ward

Brad Malone and Brett Bellemore appear to be the Canes' healthy extras. We'll have more updates from inside the room after the skate.



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The Chicago Blackhawks make their lone appearance of the season in Raleigh tonight, where last season they won their first game on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes since Jan. 14, 19998.

The Blackhawks have won six of their last eight games, but they are coming off a 4-0 shutout loss in Dallas, the second game in a three-game road trip. With 92 points (43-22-6), Chicago is holding on to the third playoff spot in the Western Conference’s Central Division.

“These are fun games to play,” Nathan Gerbe said on Saturday. “You get up for these games. You want to use them as a measuring stick. You know these teams are good. They’re playoff teams.”

The Hurricanes are looking to avenge a 5-2 loss in Chicago at the beginning of the month, a loss that snapped the team’s three-game winning streak.

“We weren't very good,” head coach Bill Peters said after the game. “You have to give them credit. They played with good pace, and we didn't execute or have the right pace to keep up.”

Since then, the Canes have earned points in five of nine games. They’re coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

“It was a good game. I thought both teams had good looks,” Peters said. “I liked the response from the Montreal game.”

Danny Biega earned his first NHL point in his second career game on Saturday, posting the secondary assist on Elias Lindholm’s first-period goal against New York. In two games, he’s averaged just under 14 minutes of ice time, posted four blocked shots, three hits and five shot attempts.

Speaking of Lindholm, the sophomore forward has two goals in his last three games. His 16 goals rank third on the team, and he also ranks third in scoring with 35 points.

Anton Khudobin has made four consecutive starts in net, posting a 1-1-2 record and stopping 98 of 108 shots (.907 save percentage) in that stretch.

“He’s a high-end guy, as far as character. He’s a good teammate, and he’s been good like that all year,” Peters said on Saturday. “He’s done his part, and we haven’t given him enough offensive support. I give him a lot of credit.”

NOTES: The Canes have earned at least a point in 12 of their last 15 games against Chicago, going 9-3-3 in that stretch. … Eric Staal has posted 10 points (2g, 8a) in as many games against the Blackhawks in his career.



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