This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s contest featuring 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 Hurricanes will hold a 10:30 a.m. morning skate at PNC Arena, their first time back on the ice since Monday. We’ll have your rinkside updates, as usual, but until then, you can find a preview of tonight’s game below.Last updated: 5:00 p.m.
BEFORE THE FACEOFF5:00 p.m.
Michelle McMahon previews tonight's post-Christmas match-up between the Devils and Hurricanes.
PETERS: PREGAME11:45 a.m.
Head coach Bill Peters met with the media after the team's morning skate. He's taking Team Canada over Team USA today in the World Juniors, if you were wondering.
Here's the rest of what he had to say.On the challenges of coming off the holiday break:
"It's a mental grind, a little bit. You've got to really manage the puck properly, your shift length is important and you have to make sure you stay out of the box. Don't make it harder than it needs to be."On the holiday break:
"I think the break came at a good time for our young guys. We're healthy, so that's not really a concern, but for our young guys, some time away is going to freshen them up."On the last meeting vs. New Jersey, a 5-1 loss:
"Guys remember that we didn't play very well or compete hard enough. I think we did some good things in bringing in some young guys who have stayed in our lineup since then. Obviously we were disappointed in our effort that night, and I don't want to be disappointed leaving the game here tonight."On the impact of the young kids brought up since the last game vs. NJ:
"Energy and pace."On the culture of the room now compared to October:
"Guys are settled in and more comfortable in their own skin. They're confident and NHL players now. They're not so wide-eyed, so it's more natural in there. I think our team has played relatively well for the most part. There are some things that frustrate us in our game a little bit, and those are things that we'll continue to work on."
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE10:45 a.m.
After the holiday break, the Hurricanes returned to the ice for their morning skate in advance of their match-up with the Devils.
Here's the lineup you can expect to see tonight.
Brad Malone and Michal Jordan look to be the healthy extras. We'll have more from inside the room following the skate.
CANES RETURN FROM BREAK, HOST DEVILS6:00 a.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils faced off for the first time this season just over three weeks ago, on Dec. 3 in Raleigh.
Analyzing the Canes’ December since, that game was the turning point. The Devils marched into PNC Arena, assembled a 3-0 lead and left with a 5-1 victory, a game that soured Carolina players and management.
“They were quick, but for the most part, we were just flat for more or less the whole match. It wasn’t the compete level we need to win games,” Jordan Staal said after the game. “We’ve got to show up right from the start and compete hard if we want to play in matches.”
“There’s a lot bottled up,” Eric Staal said, in reference to his heavy check on Eric Gelinas in the third period of that game. “There’s a lot you go through mentally every day. It’s been tough sledding right now, and we’ve got a way to pick ourselves up, because we’re obviously down. We’ve got to find a way to work, compete and gain confidence that way.”
The next day, the Hurricanes recalled a trio of players – Jaccob Slavin, Phil Di Giuseppe and Brock McGinn – from Charlotte. Di Giuseppe made his NHL debut the next game against Montreal, and both he and Slavin have remained with the team.
Since the first meeting with the Devils, the Hurricanes have gone 5-3-1.
“That was a poor effort. We weren’t happy with the effort. I give management credit. They brought in three guys, and we made changes,” head coach Bill Peters said last week. “That’s not what we want to be or how we want to look, but does it happen to you once in a while? Yes. But is it acceptable? No. And it came out of nowhere.”
After handing the Pittsburgh Penguins their fourth consecutive loss a week ago, the Canes were edged by the NHL’s hottest team, the Washington Capitals, by a score of 2-1 in Raleigh on Monday, their final game before the holiday break.
“They’re a very good team, and there’s a reason why their record is so good over the last month,” John-Michael Liles said. “We had some opportunities, but it was just one of those games that we couldn’t quite get that second one.”
Today will be a rare day-of-game travel day for the Devils, as all league activities paused around the holidays. New Jersey is coming off a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, having one just one of their five prior games.CANESPR NOTES:
The Canes and Devils have gone to overtime just three times in their last 33 regular-season meetings: Feb. 26, 2008 (2-1 CAR), Feb. 8, 2011 (3-2 NJ) and Dec. 23, 2014 (2-1 CAR). … The Hurricanes have not shut out the Devils in 54 games, the last such occurrence being on March 21, 2000, a 5-0 win for the Canes.
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