It’s the denouement of a five-game homestand.
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A quick preview of tonight’s game can be found below. The Canes will be on the ice for a 10:30 a.m. morning skate at PNC Arena. Check back here then for roster notes, quotes and more!Last updated: 4:30 p.m.
BEFORE THE FACEOFF4:30 p.m.
Amber Jaye sets the table for tonight's Metropolitan Division match-up!
QUOTE 'EM12:30 p.m.
Head coach Bill Peters spoke with the media after the team's optional morning skate. Here's a sampling of what he had to say.On Eric Staal's status:
He tried and came off. He’s a little sore. ... We’ll warm up an extra forward.”On what needs improvement moving forward:
"The challenge we have no offensively is to score more. We have to get more pucks in behind the goaltender. We have to start on time and play with the lead.”On the message of net-front presence:
"We’d like to deliver on it, and we’ve got to look at some different combinations. ... There are things we can do differently, but we have to keep showing that video and working on it in practice, and hopefully it becomes second nature.”
CANES LINEUP IN FLUX11:30 a.m.
Eric Staal took part in an optional morning skate for the Hurricanes today, but he remains a game-time decision for tonight. Staal's foot was on the receiving end of a Justin Faulk slap shot in the final minute of last night's game, and though he gave it a go this morning, his skating was noticeably labored.
If Staal is in the lineup, he could center Nathan Gerbe and Elias Lindholm, as was the case heading into last night's contest.
Forwards Chris Terry and Brad Malone are expected to draw into the lineup tonight, and it appears that Jay Harrison will be inserted on defense in place of Tim Gleason.
Head coach Bill Peters confirmed that Cam Ward will get the nod in net, his 19th start of the season. Ward is is 9-13-2 with a 2.82 GAA in 24 career games against New Jersey.
We should have a final idea of what the Hurricanes' lineup will look like when pregame warm-ups take place at 6:30 p.m.
CANES LINEUP: WHAT TO EXPECT6:00 a.m.
Head coach Bill Peters said he plans to insert forwards Brad Malone and Chris Terry into the lineup tonight. There was no indication given who might sit.
Peters said a decision would be made today on a starting goaltender. Cam Ward made 19 saves on 22 shots in a 3-1 loss to Detroit on Sunday evening.
HOMESTAND DRAWS TO A CLOSE6:00 a.m.
It’s curtains for the Carolina Hurricanes’ five-game homestand, which concludes tonight against the New Jersey Devils.
The Canes are currently 1-3-0 in their stretch at PNC Arena, the lone victory coming over the Nashville Predators nearly a week ago. Last night, Carolina was defeated 3-1 by the Detroit Red Wings in a game in which the team posted a satisfactory quantity of shots but lacked in quality, especially against a goaltender making just his third start of the season.
“It’s a common theme. Traffic. Got to be in the goalie’s eyes and make it very hard for him,” head coach Bill Peters said. “We have shots, but we don’t have net-front traffic. If you can get underneath them at the net, I thought those rebounds were coming off their guy a little bit tonight. We’ve got to do a better job of that not only tonight but moving forward.”
Jay McClement netted his first goal of the season against Detroit, the team’s lone goal of the game.
“It was starting to wear on me a little bit, so it’s nice to get it out of the way, but more importantly we just didn’t do the things we needed to do to get the win tonight,” he said. “That would have been a little sweeter.”
The Devils come into this match-up having won just one of their last seven games. They are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games, most recently losing 4-1 to the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
At 42 years young, Jaromir Jagr is tied for the Devils’ team lead in points with 15 (4g, 11a). He is better than a point-per-game player against the Carolina franchise, having posted 111 points (36g, 75a) in 78 career games.
Former Hurricane Tuomo Ruutu, who was traded to New Jersey on March 5 in a deadline-day deal, ranks third among Devils in goals (5) and has tallied six points in 26 games.
NOTES: Alexander Semin is one game shy of 600 career NHL games played. … New Jersey won three of the four meetings between the two teams last season.