It’s an All-American political bash: Red vs. Blue(s).
This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s cross-conference match-up between the St. Louis Blues 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.
Important programming note: tonight’s game will be broadcast on SportSouth. This channel isn’t typically included in standard packages, but most carriers provide an overflow channel in order to broadcast the game. These channel numbers can vary on a game-to-game basis, so click here
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A projected lineup and a preview of tonight’s game can be found below. The Canes will be on the ice at PNC Arena for a 10:30 a.m. morning skate, which you can watch live via Storm Surge on CarolinaHurricanes.com
or in the Canes official mobile app
. Check back here for plenty more!Last updated: 12:00 p.m.
QUOTE 'EM12:00 p.m.
Head coach Bill Peters met with the media after this morning's skate. Here's a bit of what he had to say.On tonight's opponent:
"We know how they're going to play. We just have to make sure we're willing to match their intensity and work ethic."On watching last night's Blues-Predators game:
"We confirmed everything, and it reminded us of our game in there, a 5-4 shootout game. Very similar, comebacks, lots of goals in a short period of time both ways. I thought it was a well-played game last night, and I expect tonight's to be well-played also."On if he expects the lineup to change in New York in a back-to-back situation:
"I do. ... I would think we're going to be looking for healthy bodies, a jump and a spark. They're all good players (Nestrasil, Liles and Semin) and should be able to provide that if we go that way."
CANES PROJECTED LINEUP6:00 a.m.
Head coach Bill Peters said after practice on Wednesday that he plans to continue rolling with what’s working, and in practice on Thursday, the team utilized the same forward lines and defensive pairs as seen in Tuesday’s win over Tampa Bay.
E. Staal-J. Staal-Tlusty
CANES PUT BOW ON SEASON SERIES VS. BLUES6:00 a.m.
In a span of just 20 days, the Carolina Hurricanes will wrap up their season series against the St. Louis Blues.
In the first meeting between the two teams, the Canes earned a point in a 5-4 shootout loss. The Hurricanes jumped out to a 3-1 first-period lead with goals from Victor Rask, Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal. The Blues would even the game at three in the second period before Riley Nash tallied to make it a 4-3 game heading into the second intermission. Vladimir Tarasenko’s goal at 6:46 of the third period again tied the score, and the Blues emerged victorious in the shootout.
“It was similar to last night,” head coach Bill Peters said after Wednesday’s practice, drawing parallels to the Canes’ 4-2 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.
The difference in that victory? When the Canes jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and the Bolts predictably pushed back, the Hurricanes weathered the storm.
“I thought we did a good job getting our game back after they responded early in the second,” Peters said. “You know [St. Louis is] a good team, they’re a deep team and they’re quick in transition. We’re going to have to learn from our game in St. Louis and be a little bit better. It will be a fun challenge.”
The Canes will be waiting for the Blues, who claimed a 5-4 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night in St. Louis.
“It’s perfect,” Peters said of the chance to watch the Blues. “We get to watch them live. When you’re a good team, not much changes, but it will just confirm a lot of what we know. We’ll be able to use our head-to-head clips for our video tomorrow.”
What to expect?
“They’re a good team. They’re first in the National Hockey League in faceoffs, so they start with the puck a lot,” Peters said. “Their D is mobile, and they’re deep up front. It’s going to be a fun game. I know our guys are excited about it, and we’re looking forward to the match-up.”
Winners of three in a row, the Hurricanes will roll with what’s working and ice the same lineup they have in this winning stretch. That also means that Anton Khudobin will make his fourth consecutive start in net. He has won his last six starts, posting a 1.44 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage in that time.
Jiri Tlusty was banged up a bit on Tuesday night and did not practice Wednesday, but he returned to the ice on Thursday and is probable for tonight’s game.
“I think he’s good to go. He’s not 100 percent, but he’s tough. He wants to play,” Peters said. “I fully expect him to play.”
NOTES: The first line is streaking. Eric Staal (3g, 1a), Jordan Staal (4a) and Jiri Tlusty (1g, 1a) each have points in two straight games. … The Hurricanes are 7-2-1 in January, and they have scored three or more goals in six of their last seven games (5-1-1).