This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to this evening’s game between the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes 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.
In a back-to-back situation with an earlier-than-usual evening puck drop, the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate. Check back here for any and all updates we’ll have.Last updated: 4:35 p.m.
CANES LINES: WARM-UPS4:35 p.m.
With just 11 healthy forwards and seven defensemen available, here's how the Canes will look for this evening's match-up with the Devils.
The puck drops at PNC Arena in 30 minutes!
LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES2:55 p.m.
Cam Ward will get the start in net tonight, per Canes head coach Bill Peters. Additionally, Riley Nash will be out of the lineup after his collision with the post last night. The Hurricanes will dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen, with the structure of that group yet to be determined; Peters said it was a possibility that a defenseman could fill out the forward lines.
Here's more from the Canes' bench boss.On the expectations for the Canes tonight:
"Our expectations don't change. We're going to play the same way. We're going to play hard, and we want to start on time. We want to be a dominant team off faceoffs, have the puck and attack. We want to be an aggressive team. Playing back-to-back we've been very successful ... so let's continue that."On the match-up against New Jersey:
"They're all close and somewhat tight checking. They're above you, and we're above you for the most part when we're committed. I expect the same today."On the message to his team:
"Ice time is going to be doled out based on who's playing well and who's playing hard. It's simple. I don't expect the four lines to play evenly ... and guys that earn their shifts are going to get shifts, and the guys that don't won't play. There's nothing I can do about bringing guys up and sending guys down this time of year. Our team in the American Hockey League is in a dog fight to get into the playoffs. It's up to these guys here to earn their next shift each and every time they go out on the ice."On Di Giuseppe's status and if it's changed:
"Day-to-day. Everyone is day-to-day until the season ends."
QUICK TURNAROUND FOR CANES VS. DEVILS6:00 a.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes will turn the page quickly following their 15th overtime loss of the season on Saturday night, as they host the New Jersey Devils in a Sunday evening puck drop.
Down 2-0 after the first 20 minutes of Saturday’s game against the New York Islanders, the Canes stormed back to score three consecutive goals in the first 8:01 of the second period and take a 3-2 lead. Cal Clutterbuck then scored twice – once on the first shift of the third period and again with just 14 seconds remaining in overtime – to snag the extra point in the standings for the Islanders.
“We’re in games and right there,” Jordan Staal said. “Unfortunate ending. I thought we battled pretty hard besides the first period. The second and third were good, and in overtime we had a lot of chances. Just couldn’t come up with the two points.”
“This time of year, games are pretty tight. There’s not a lot of room for mistakes,” said Jeff Skinner, who scored his 26th goal of the season to tie the game at two. “At the same time, you want to come out with two points and win those games.”
Looking ahead to this evening’s fifth and final meeting with the Devils, the Hurricanes will be aiming for a more competitive game out of the gate.
“[We need to] start a little better,” Staal said. “Stick with it. We had some good things, and we need to keep building like we have been.”
This will be the rubber match between the Canes and Devils this season, who have split the season series right down the middle. Both Hurricanes wins were by 3-1 margins, the most recent of which was on March 1 in New Jersey on the day after the trade deadline; since Feb. 29, the Hurricanes have earned points in nine of 11 games and taken seven of their last 10 to overtime.
Tonight’s Easter showdown also marks the conclusion of the Canes’ 16th and final back-to-back set of the season. They’ve posted an 18-9-4 record thus far in those games, including a 9-5-2 mark in the front halves and a 9-4-2 mark in the second halves.
The Devils are coming off an overtime loss of their own, a 1-0 shutout defeat at the hands of the NHL’s top team in the Washington Capitals.CANESPR NOTES:
Carolina is familiar with overtime this month, but recent history hasn’t said the same about the Canes-Devils season series, which has only gone to extra hockey three times in the last 36 regular-season meetings. … Chris Terry remains hot. He brings a career-best five-game point streak (3g, 2a) into tonight’s contest.
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