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This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game between the New Jersey Devils 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.
The Canes will be on the ice at PNC Arena for their 10:30 a.m. morning skate, and we’ll be rinkside to bring you updates, as always. Until then, check out a quick preview of tonight’s game below.Last updated: 4:00 p.m.
BEFORE THE FACEOFF4:00 p.m.
Michelle McMahon prepares you for tonight's Metropolitan Division match-up between the Devils and Hurricanes.
PETERS PREGAME12:00 p.m.
Head coach Bill Peters met with the media after the morning skate. Here's a sampling of what he had to say.On the forward lines:
"I just think we had to try a different look on the Nash unit. That unit was good for awhile, but they haven't scored or been consistently dangerous for awhile. Steeger has the opportunity to make plays, and he'll play valuable minutes with Jordo. I think it gives us good depth on the Nash line with Chris Terry there as an offensive player. Nesty has had success with Bugsy and J-Mac in the past, so I like what it does for all four lines."On Lack starting:
"It's an important start and an important stretch. It's an opportunity for him to gain some traction and show us what he's all about. He's practiced hard, and he feels comfortable, confident and ready. We're ready to give him the opportunity here."On tonight's game:
"It will be real good. They play hard, and both of their specialty teams units are in the top 10. We're going to have to be disciplined. ... I expect them to play very well. They played hard against Colorado, I thought."On the little things progressing:
"I like the fact that we're generating quality chances. You can look at shots against, shots for and all this stuff, but I like the quality of the chances that we're starting to generate now."
GLEASON RETURNS11:30 a.m.
Tim Gleason was back on the ice with the Carolina Hurricanes at their morning skate, not as a player but in a different capacity.
Gleason is volunteering as a part-time assistant with the team after he ended his comeback bid with the team last week. Head coach Bill Peters said Gleason's exact role is still to be defined.
"He's going to help us out in some different areas and work with our young D-men," Peters said.
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE10:30 a.m.
The Hurricanes utilized the same forward and defensive combinations as in practice on Wednesday. Here's what you will see tonight.
Michal Jordan will be the healthy extra.
LACK, CANES HOST DEVILS6:00 a.m.
As Metropolitan Division opponents, the Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils will face each other five times this season. Three of those meetings will occur over the next 27 days, beginning with tonight’s tilt at PNC Arena.
After a brief two-game road swing following the Thanksgiving holiday, the Hurricanes return to Raleigh for a homestand that features three games in four days and a back-to-back set on Saturday and Sunday. Tonight’s match-up marks the first against the Devils this season.
“It will be a hard-fought game, and we’ll be ready,” head coach Bill Peters said after practice Wednesday.
The Hurricanes dropped two straight games to wrap up November, surrendering four goals in each game. On Monday in Manhattan, the Hurricanes fought back from a 4-1 deficit but couldn’t draw the score even and fell 4-3. It was the team’s second loss at Madison Square Garden in three weeks.
Peters wants to see more of that battle from his team against New Jersey tonight.
“Hopefully we’re hungry and hungry to score. We want to do it right and play with a lot of speed,” he said. “I thought we had some good tempo to our game in New York, and we have to play with tempo. We have to attack the net and be a little more determined in the offensive zone to win 50-50 puck battles, get underneath people at the net and stay at the net.”
The Devils (12-10-2, 26 points) dropped a 2-1 decision to the Colorado Avalanche in New Jersey on Tuesday night, a game on which Peters had a close eye.
“I thought they played very structured and hard. Lots of energy, a physical team. I liked a lot of the things they did,” he said Wednesday. “They did a real good job on specialty teams, and I expect specialty teams to factor into the equation tomorrow.”
Eddie Lack is the confirmed starter in net for the Hurricanes, and it will be his second career appearance against the Devils. Lack last appeared in relief of Cam Ward in Buffalo on Nov. 27, making six saves on seven shots in the third period of a 4-1 loss; his last start came on Nov. 23 in Philadelphia, a 3-2 overtime loss.
“It’s a good opportunity for Eddie,” Peters said. “We’ll see what he does, and he should be able to take advantage of it.”
Defenseman Ryan Murphy is expected to return to the Canes lineup tonight. He was recalled from Charlotte on Tuesday after spending the weekend with the Checkers coming off a concussion he suffered on Nov. 14. In two AHL games, he tallied a goal and two assists.
“He was playing real well before he got hurt,” Peters said. “We didn’t want to bring him back off a concussion without knowing that he could play and go. He missed two weeks, which is a significant amount of time. He went down, got his timing back and now he’s ready to play. We assume he’ll pick up right where he left off at a high level. He’ll play on the power play and be a real good puck mover for us.”CANESPR NOTES:
Elias Lindholm, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Wednesday, has points (1g, 4a) in each of his last five games. … It’s been a while since the Canes shut out the Devils – 53 games, in fact. The last time it occurred was on March 21 in the year 2000, a 5-0 Hurricanes win.
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