This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to this evening’s match-up between the Arizona Coyotes 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.
A preview of this evening’s game can be found below. Because of the earlier 5 p.m. puck drop, the Canes will not hold a morning skate, but check back here for any and all information prior to the start of the game.Last updated: 4:30 p.m.
CANES LINES: WARM-UPS4:30 p.m.
Here's how the Canes lined up in warm-ups: a couple of changes from last night.
Riley Nash, Chris Terry and Michal Jordan will be the healthy extras today. Faceoff is coming up in a half hour!
BEFORE THE FACEOFF3:00 p.m.
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CANES AIM TO BUILD OFF WIN OVER MONTREAL6:00 a.m.
On Saturday night, the Carolina Hurricanes topped the league’s second-best team, the Montreal Canadiens, by a score of 3-2. It was a notable win considering Montreal’s essential dominance of the league this season and considering the Canes were searching for a rebound effort after a 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
“It’s big no matter what perspective you put it in. We needed to win,” head coach Bill Peters said. “We didn’t play very well our last time out, and we needed to bounce back. We did bounce back, and that’s a credit to the guys.”
But, in itself, the win is only so meaningful – the Hurricanes now have to follow it up in a quick turnaround, a 5 p.m. faceoff today against the Arizona Coyotes.
“It’s a good feeling. [Montreal is] a great team, and we knew coming in that it would be a big test. Especially after last game, we wanted to bounce back,” Jeff Skinner said. “Hopefully we can use it, create some momentum and get on a bit of a roll.”
“It means nothing if you don’t follow it up tomorrow,” Eric Staal said after Saturday’s game. “We’ve got to continue to build, continue to get better and continue the good feeling because it’s a lot more fun.”
While the Hurricanes are in a back-to-back situation, the Coyotes were in Raleigh waiting, having just completed a back-to-back set on Thursday in Friday. They dropped both games, 5-1 in Detroit and 5-2 in Buffalo, respectively. The Coyotes are winless in three December games but won three in a row and four of five to close out November. At 13-12-1 with 27 points, they sit in third place in the Pacific Division.
Some lineup decisions remain unknown for the Hurricanes, as Peters said after the game he and the staff would discuss the final group of 20. What is known: the three players recalled on Friday – defenseman Jaccob Slavin and forwards Brock McGinn and Phil Di Giuseppe – will all play again. Di Giuseppe became the fifth Hurricane this season to make his NHL debut. He logged 11:37 of ice time, a shot and a team-high five hits against the Canadiens.
“His maturity over the last 12 months has been incredible," Peters said of the 22-year-old forward. “He’s grown as a player, and he’s becoming a pro. That’s a credit to him as a person and the job the guys are doing down there in Charlotte.”
“First game against a team like that and you come out with the deserving win, it’s something special,” Di Giuseppe said.
Also known: Cam Ward will receive his second straight start in net. He made 36 saves on 38 shots in Saturday night’s win, his 16th career victory against Montreal. Ward is 5-4-0 with a 2.85 goals against average and one shutout in nine career appearances against Arizona.
“I’m going to go with the goalie who won. I’m going to stay with that guy,” Peters said in Saturday’s postgame press conference. “You go to work on back-to-back days, so do I, and he’s going to play on back-to-back days.”CANESPR NOTES:
Kris Versteeg, Riley Nash and Michal Jordan were the healthy extras for the Hurricanes on Saturday. … Joakim Nordstrom scored his first goal as a Hurricane on Saturday night. He’s got four points (1g, 3a) in 15 games this season.
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