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Gameday: Canes vs. Islanders

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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Hockey is back. The Carolina Hurricanes are back.

And with that comes a new addition to CarolinaHurricanes.com this season: the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information as it relates to that night’s (or day’s) game. Make each and every gameday hub a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with line combinations, roster notes, video and more as the day rolls on.

A quick preview of tonight’s season-opening match-up and a projected lineup can be found below. Check back here throughout the day for more!



RINK REPORT

Amber Jaye goes inside the locker room with head coach Bill Peters, and rookies Victor Rask and Patrick Brown to preview the Canes' season opener.




QUOTE 'EM

Tonight is Bill Peters first game behind the bench as a head coach in the NHL. He spoke with the media after the Canes' morning skate.

On replacing Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner: "We have to find a way to have everybody contribute and be a part of it.”

On Cam Ward being named the starter: "Composure. Very poised. He got himself in great shape in a good space mentally.”

On making his head coaching debut: "It’ll come quick. I’ll try to get a little nap in this afternoon and see how that goes."

On the New York Islanders: "They’re deep," he said. "They’ve improved their team with the moves they’ve made."



BEFORE THE FACEOFF

Amber Jaye previews tonight's match-up in Before the Faceoff presented by 99.9 FM The Fan.




CANES PROJECTED LINEUP

UPDATE: Same lines in today's morning skate. Harrison-Gleason skated as the second defensive pair with Hainsey-Liles as the third, but those two are probably interchangeable. Bellemore and Murphy are the healthy extras, but Peters didn't rule out either of them drawing into the lineup on Saturday night in New York.

We’ll have another look at the lines in the morning skate, but here’s what the team looked like in practice on Thursday.

Tlusty-E. Staal-Semin
Gerbe-Rask-Lindholm
Malone-McClement-Dwyer
Terry-Nash-Brown
HURRICANES vs. ISLANDERS
Canes vs. Islanders
PNC ARENA | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
CANES 'PUMPED UP' FOR OPENER
ALTERNATE CAPTAINS NAMED
VIDEOS
RINK REPORT: OCT. 10
BEFORE THE FACEOFF
RINK REPORT: OCT. 9
GAMEDAY LINKS
LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN!
GIVEAWAY: CANES SCARF PRES. BY PNC
SOUTH PLAZA PARTY
GAME NOTES (PDF)
FIRST GOAL CONTEST

Sekera-Faulk
Hainsey-Liles
Harrison-Gleason

Ward
Khudobin

Extras: Bellemore, Murphy, Skinner (concussion)



ALL EYES ON CANES-ISLES

The countdown to puck drop is finally ticking down in its last hours.

All eyes will be on Raleigh on Friday night as the Carolina Hurricanes open the 2014-15 regular season against the New York Islanders in the lone NHL match-up on the schedule.

“The excitement is there,” Eric Staal said on Thursday. “For us to be able to get going tomorrow night at home, we’re all pumped up for that. It’ll be fun.”

Friday’s game marks the first of a back-to-back, home-and-home set to begin the season and the first of 14 back-to-back situations for the Hurricanes.

The Canes claimed the season series between the two divisional opponents in 2013-14, winning three of four meetings. In fact, Carolina has won six of their last seven games against the Islanders, and they’ve compiled a 23-4-5 record vs. New York in the teams’ last 34 meetings.

“It starts tomorrow,” head coach Bill Peters said on Thursday. “You want to get off to a good start at home and build momentum.”

The Canes’ season-opener will also be a night of firsts: it will be Peters’ first contest as an NHL head coach (though he has three seasons of NHL assistant coaching experience and six seasons of WHL and AHL head coaching experience), and rookies Victor Rask and Patrick Brown will be making their NHL debuts.

“We’ve talked about just enjoying the moment,” Peters said, noting he’ll get Rask and Brown involved with short shifts early. “It’s a milestone in their careers and lives.”

Cam Ward was named Carolina’s Opening Night starter on Thursday. Ward is a staggering 17-3-3 with a 2.52 GAA and one shutout in 26 career appearances against the Islanders.

“I wanted to have a solid training camp with a fresh mindset, and fortunately things have gone well,” Ward said on Thursday. “One of the things that I’ve learned is to be in the moment. That’s what I’m trying to do. My focus is on Friday and nothing else. I’m going to have some fun with that.”



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