If only for a game, the Canes are back home!
This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game between the Anaheim Ducks 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.
Important programming note: for those who can’t make it to PNC Arena, tonight’s game will be broadcast on SportSouth. This channel isn’t typically included in standard packages, but most carriers provide an overflow channel in order to broadcast the game. These channel numbers can vary on a game-to-game basis, so click here
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A projected lineup and a preview of tonight’s game can be found below. We’ll have plenty more for you when the Canes get on the ice at PNC Arena for their morning skate at 10:30 a.m.Last updated: 4:45 p.m.
BEFORE THE FACEOFF4:45 p.m.
You'll see this run in-arena tonight after warm-ups, but here's a first look at tonight's edition of Before the Faceoff presented by 99.9 FM The Fan.
QUOTE 'EM11:30 a.m.
As is the case following every morning skate, Canes head coach Bill Peters met with the media, and here's what he had to say.On last week's meeting in Anaheim:
"We moved on we went to Arizona and San Jose and had a good week of practice. There are things we can do better, and hopefully we do that tonight.”On combating Anaheim's big lineup:
"We’re playing them real close in proximity, so that’s nice. We’ll use head-to-head clips in our pre-scout because they’re more effective, we feel. They’ve got some big bodies that get to the net, take it to the net and pay a price to score, so we’ll have our hands full here tonight.”On the Ducks' two-game losing streak:
"They’re a good team that knows how to play. They’ll bounce back and play hard. They’re not happy with the predicament they’re in on this trip, and they’ll try to end the trip properly. We’ll worry about our game, get off to a good start and make sure our power play is a little better than it was in California.”
The lineup below is the confirmed Canes lineup for tonight. Cam Ward gets his fourth straight start in net. He is 2-1-1 with a 2.98 goals-against average in five career appearances against the Ducks.
CANES PROJECTED LINEUP6:00 a.m.
In two practice days since their 5-4 victory in San Jose, the Hurricanes have kept their lines static, and this is by design.
“We haven’t messed with a winning lineup a whole bunch this year,” head coach Bill Peters said. “I know Smitty (assistant coach Steve Smith) is a big fan of keeping the lineup the same if it wins, and we’ve done that for the most part. We’ll continue to do that moving forward.”
With that in mind, here’s what to expect.
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We’ll verify all of this at the morning skate, which gets underway at 10:30 a.m.
CANES, DUCKS MEET AGAIN6:00 a.m.
It was just nine days ago that the Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks met for the first time this season.
In that game, the second of a four-game road swing and the first of three against Pacific Division opponents, the Hurricanes squandered a 4-2 third-period lead and fell 5-4 in overtime.
“We took our foot off the gas a little bit, but give them credit. They pushed back, too,” head coach Bill Peters said. “Their best players were real good once they got down, and they did a good job. We failed to score on the power play. We had some chances there that could have made a difference, and we probably left some opportunities on the table.”
Now back home in the friendly confines of PNC Arena, it’s an opportunity for the Hurricanes to enact a little revenge and even up the season series ledger.
Following that game in Anaheim on Feb. 3, the Canes posted two straight wins against Phoenix (2-1 in a shootout) and San Jose (5-4) to put on a bow on their road trip.
“I really liked our start in San Jose, and I liked the fact that we scored. We scored four times plus the empty-netter, so five,” Peters said. “I liked the way we played, and that’s the best we’ve skated in a long time.”
So, as has been the case much of this season, the Hurricanes won’t tinker with what has worked, as they plan to utilize the same lineup tonight against Anaheim as they did on Saturday night in San Jose.
“We haven’t messed with a winning lineup a whole bunch this year,” Peters said. “I know Smitty (assistant coach Steve Smith) is a big fan of keeping the lineup the same if it wins, and we’ve done that for the most part. We’ll continue to do that moving forward.”
Carolina lost young defenseman Ryan Murphy in Arizona, and an MRI on Monday in Raleigh revealed that he is expected to miss four weeks, though no surgery is required to repair his lower-body injury. After logging 15:52 of ice time in San Jose, Brett Bellemore, who will skate in his 100th career NHL game, will again pair with Ron Hainsey.
“It’s too bad, individually and collectively,” Peters said of Murphy’s injury. “He was playing well. He was playing good, valuable minutes and playing on the power play, but now he’s going to be out a while. That’s an opportunity for Belly.”
The Canes have exhausted their West Coast road trips for the season, and the Ducks are now wrapping up a five-game trip out East. They’ve dropped their last two games, 5-3 to Tampa Bay and 6-2 to Florida, but they still have a firm grip on the Pacific Division lead with 75 points.
“You know they’re going to play real well. They’re going to be desperate, and they’ll get their team organized and be a good team tomorrow,” Peters said. “We know what we’re up against, and we’ve got to play better than we did in Anaheim.”
NOTES: The Canes have earned at least a point against the Ducks in four of the last five meetings between the two teams in Raleigh. … Carolina has killed 45 of 47 penalties in a span of 20 games, a 95.7 percent success rate. As of Wednesday night, the Canes ranked second in the league in penalty-killing percentage at 87.2 percent.