This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s tilt featuring 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.
A projected lineup for the Canes and a preview of tonight’s game can be found below. We’ll be rinkside at PNC Arena to bring you updates from the Hurricanes’ morning skate, which begins at 10:30 a.m.Last updated: 4:30 p.m.
BEFORE THE FACEOFF4:30 p.m.
Previewing tonight's cross-conference match-up with Michelle McMahon!
PREGAME SOUND: LACK, PETERS AND THE OPPOSING SIDE1:45 p.m.
Go inside the locker room with starting goaltender Eddie Lack and Canes head coach Bill Peters.
Inside the opposition's locker room, CanesVision got sound bites from former Hurricane (and starting Ducks goaltender) Anton Khudobin, rookie Nick Ritchie and head coach Bruce Boudreau.
LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES11:30 a.m.
There were no changes to the Canes' lineup listed below, so that's what you'll see tonight, including Eddie Lack making his fifth start in net.
Head coach Bill Peters spoke with the media after the morning skate. Here are some highlights.On tonight's opponent:
"They're a dangerous team. It scares me to watch them. Big guys. ... They've got active D."On Michal Jordan drawing back into the lineup:
"The benefit we get with Michal is that he's a good penalty killer. We lose the power-play player in Murph, but we gain a penalty killer in Michal. That will allow Noah (Hanifin) to play on the power-play unit."On building on the last two games:
"We just want to continue what we've done, for the most part, and just stay with the process. I've liked our starts. I've liked the fact that we've gotten off to leads and scored first."On Eddie Lack in net:
"He's played them eight times. This is the team he's played the most in his NHL career. ... He's familiar with Anaheim and seen them a lot. He was going to play whether it was Anaheim or not, but that's just another comforting feeling. He's practiced hard and played well."
CANES PROJECTED LINEUP6:00 a.m.
Here’s how the Canes lined up in practice on Sunday at Raleigh Center Ice. Check back at the morning skate to see if there are any changes.
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Eddie Lack is the confirmed starter in net for the Hurricanes. In eight career appearances versus Anaheim, Lack is 2-4-2 with a 2.88 goals-against average.
CANES, LACK HOST DUCKS6:00 a.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes have earned points in two straight games, but they’ve also held 2-0 leads in both, only to fall 3-2 in overtime.
Against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, the Hurricanes couldn’t combat a second-period push by the visitors. Saturday against Philadelphia, the push came in the third period, and the Flyers scored the game-tying goal with just 3:09 left to play in regulation.
“We played well both times, but we’ve got to get our foot on the gas and find a way to get to three. Once we get to three, we keep our foot on the gas, get to four and keep pushing,” head coach Bill Peters said after practice Sunday. “We had lots of looks last night when it was at two, so we’ve got to find a way to get that next one. On the flip side, we’ve got to find a way to tighten up defensively.”
Very rarely, Peters pointed out, will one team control play for the entire 60 minutes. It’s about managing that push back and countering.
“We know what has to be done. The attention to detail, you’ve got to make sure you don’t stray from what gave you the lead and continue to push. You can’t sit back,” Peters said. “You’ve got to find a way to finish games.”
After winning four straight games to begin November, the Anaheim Ducks are now winless in three straight, though they did earn points in a pair of overtime losses. Much like Saturday night’s game with Philadelphia, tonight’s match-up pits two struggling offenses against each other. The Hurricanes rank 28th in the league with a 2.00 goals for average, and Anaheim ranks last with a 1.65 goals per game average. With that said, the Ducks have scored seven goals in their last three games.
“They’re a real good team. They’re team. It’s a team that’s won together. They’re mobile on the back-end and dangerous up front,” Peters said. “It’ll be another hard-fought game where you have to make sure you execute.”
The Hurricanes will be playing without the services of defenseman Ryan Murphy, who is out with a concussion suffered in the second period of Saturday night’s game. Peters said the team will opt to roll with the six healthy defensemen on the roster for the time being, meaning Michal Jordan will draw back into the lineup.
“We’ll just take it day-by-day,” he said. “We’ve got six capable bodies, and we’ll play them.”
Eddie Lack has faced Anaheim eight times in his career, and tonight will mark his ninth appearance, as he’s the confirmed starting goaltender for Carolina. Lack is 1-3-0 with a 3.46 goals-against average and .865 save percentage this season, and he earned his first win with his new team on Oct. 29 in Brooklyn.CANESPR NOTES:
The Hurricanes have earned at least a point in eight of the last eleven meetings with Anaheim, including four of the last six games at PNC Arena. … Eric Staal has three assists in his last two games. He leads the team with 12 points (4g, 8a) in 17 games.
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