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Gameday: Hurricanes at Red Wings

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

DETROIT - Farewell to The Joe.

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight's game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

The Hurricanes will hold an 11:30 a.m. morning skate at Joe Louis Arena, and we'll be rinkside, as always, to bring you updates.

Last updated: 4:10 p.m.

4:10 p.m.

Here are tonight's three Tools to Victory presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

1. Stepping Up

Jeff Skinner, who is tied for the team lead in scoring with six points (2g, 4a), is out tonight. Who is going to step up and contribute offensively in his absence? We'll find out if there is an answer.

2. New-Look Fourth Line

Having wingers Andrej Nestrasil and Martin Frk surround center Jay McClement on the fourth line instead of wingers Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg gives the Canes' fourth line perhaps some added offensive flair. Nestrasil and Frk, both former members of the Red Wings' organization, will be looked upon tonight to elevate their respective games.

3. Nakladal Back In

Jakub Nakladal will play his second game with the Hurricanes, and head coach Bill Peters is looking for a more complete game from the defenseman now that he has had a week's worth of practice time to acclimate himself to the team.

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2:50 p.m.

Tweet from @MikeSundheim: .@NHLCanes play their final regular-season game at #TheJoe tomorrow. The scoresheet from their first, a 6-4 Whalers win on 1/12/80.

1:05 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters spoke with the media in Detroit after his team's last regular season morning skate at The Joe.

On Nestrasil and Frk getting back into the lineup and if they'll have extra jump against their former team: "I think they'll have jump just because they need to get some traction to their season. The big thing is they have to come in and play well, no matter who you're playing. If you get some added incentive and a little extra juice because you're playing Detroit, that's beneficial."

On forward lines with Skinner out: "I expect to do some line juggling and matching and go from there. We'll let the game unfold and see who's playing well."

On Nakladal playing his second game with the Canes tonight: "He finished the World Cup, went home for three weeks and then he's back. We stick him in a game, and it probably wasn't the perfect scenario for him, but that's part of being a pro. You have to get yourself ready. I know he's worked real hard on and off the ice between the Edmonton game and where we are today. He should be a much better player today and be more accustomed to how we play."

On tonight's opponent: "Real tight defensively right now. … Real tight 5-on-5. They play a good solid team game, and they get contributions throughout the lineup."

On The Joe: "It's a great building. There's a lot of history in this building for everybody. Growing up … you were watching playoff series, some titanic battles in this building. You've seen the Stanley Cup be awarded in this building. You've seen a lot of things over the years. It's a great, old building."

11:35 a.m.

It looks like the Hurricanes will make a number of adjustments to their lineup tonight. Jeff Skinner did not take part in the morning skate, so he will miss tonight's game. Viktor Stalberg will draw into Skinner's left wing position. Former Red Wings Andrej Nestrasil and Martin Frk also appear to be in the lineup, with Bryan Bickell coming out. On defense, Jakub Nakladal is back in with Noah Hanifin.

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Tweet from @MSmithCanes: Andrej Nestrasil and Martin Frk seeing some old friends.

6:00 a.m.

A six-game road segment concludes for the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena, the team's last-ever regular season stop at the historical barn.

The Hurricanes have posted a 1-2-2 record in their first five games of the season, all played away from PNC Arena. Tuesday's match is a chance for the Canes to bring home a .500 record.

"I'll rate the trip when the trip's over," head coach Bill Peters said after practice in Raleigh on Monday.

The Hurricanes have had leads, brief or otherwise, in four of their first five games. Thus far, their lone win came in Calgary, when they preserved a 3-0 lead to win 4-2.

"I look at the positives. I look at everything," Peters said. "You try to be solution-based and fix what ails us. We're giving up too many goals, whether we've had the lead or been behind. We've got to figure that out. We knew we had more skill, but now we have to make sure our work ethic is where it was last year. We had a very hard-working team last year. We had a hard-working, honest team for 60 to 65 minutes each and every night, and we have to get back to that."

Carolina has recorded an average of 3.2 goals per game, but they've surrendered an average of 4 per game.

"Concerns about our 5-on-5 play, to be honest with you," Peters said. "As we tighten up, [the goaltenders] will look better, and as they start playing better, we'll look better. It goes hand in hand."

Eddie Lack was the first Canes goaltender to start in consecutive games after he earned the 24-save win in Calgary. He made 21 saves on 27 shots in Philadelphia on Saturday.

"We're not trying to go back-and-forth," Peters said of his goaltending strategy. "We're trying to let somebody take control of the situation and show us that they deserve a few starts consecutively."

Forward Jeff Skinner, who is tied for the team lead with six points (2g, 4a), is questionable for Tuesday's game. Skinner did not practice on Monday but is with the team in Detroit.

"I think he's OK," Peters said after Monday's skate. "If he's good, he'll play in Detroit, and if not, we'll shuffle the deck a bit."

Tuesday's game will mark the franchise's 40th and final regular season visit to Joe Louis Arena, where the team holds a 10-21-7-1 record.

"It means a lot to everyone in hockey. It's a special place," Peters said. "It's been around for a long time, and there has been a lot of quality hockey played there, a lot of long playoff runs in the past, Stanley Cup championship teams. Just the history of the building, it will be fun to take it all in."




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