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Gameday: Flames vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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The Carolina Hurricanes come home for a pair of games against Western Conference opponents.

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with line combinations, roster notes, videos, photos and more as the day rolls on.

A quick preview of tonight’s game can be found below. We’ll have additional roster reports and updates from the Canes’ morning skate, which is slated for 10:30 a.m. at PNC Arena.



RINK REPORT

Amber Jaye goes inside the locker room to speak with head coach Bill Peters and defenseman Michal Jordan.




LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES

In his post-skate media scrum, head coach Bill Peters said that Michal Jordan will play if needed, should either Tim Gleason or John-Michael Liles not be available.

"John-Michael Liles got dinged up a little bit late in Washington, and Gleas is coming off an upper-body injury," he said. "They skated this morning, and Pete [Friesen] will look at them and tell me who's ready to go and who's not."

If Jordan does draw into the lineup tonight, he'll likely see some power-play time, as he did during the preseason.

"He moved the puck," Peters said. "He's got some poise and played on the power play for us and made some real good decisions, not only moving it on breakouts but in-zone he had a lot of poise with the puck on his stick."

Defenseman Brett Bellemore did not skate this morning and will not play due to an upper-body injury.

"I would think we're going to get him back quick," Peters said. "I don't think it's going to be anything that's long, but he definitely won't play tonight."

More from Peters ...

On the team's game now vs. when they lost 5-0 in Calgary on Oct. 23: "That's a great question, and we're going to know a lot more in nine hours than we do now. We didn't play very well, we didn't compete and we didn't give ourselves a chance. I remember it being 5-0 and we didn't have the puck a whole bunch, so let's see how our game has changed."

On what has been the key to the Canes' success in November: "There's more tempo to our game, more speed and more pace. ... Overall just a better compete. ... There's still lots of room for improvement."



CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE

FLAMES vs. HURRICANES
Flames vs. Hurricanes
PNC ARENA | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
CANES RECALL JORDAN FROM CHARLOTTE
RECAP: WSH 4, CAR 3 (OT)
INFOGRAPHIC: WSH 4, CAR 3 (OT)
VIDEOS
RINK REPORT: NOV. 10
HIGHLIGHTS: WSH 4, CAR 3 (OT)
GAMEDAY LINKS
BUY TICKETS
GAME NOTES (PDF)
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
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Brad Malone appeared to be the extra up front, and Michal Jordan, recalled this morning, rotated in as an extra on defense. He could be a safety net should one of Gleason (upper body) or Liles not be able to dress.

Brett Bellemore was not at the skate.



MICHAL JORDAN RECALLED FROM CHARLOTTE

The Carolina Hurricanes recalled defenseman Michal Jordan from Charlotte this morning.

Tim Gleason has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury, and John-Michael Liles left Saturday's game in Washington and did not return.

Jordan has skated in five-career games with the Hurricanes. Head coach Bill Peters called Jordan "steady" in the preseason, noting his poise with the puck, especially on the power play.

We'll have more from the Canes morning skate in just a bit!



CANES LOOK FOR REVENGE ON FLAMES

The last time these two teams faced off, the Calgary Flames drummed the Carolina Hurricanes 5-0 in what was the nadir of the Canes’ season thus far.

But that was then, when the Hurricanes were in the midst of an eight-game winless streak in late October. This is now, when the Hurricanes have tallied points in five straight games to begin November.

The Canes began the month with four straight victories, topping Arizona, Los Angeles and Columbus twice. On Saturday night in Washington, the latter half of a back-to-back set, Carolina fought back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to earn a point in a 4-3 overtime loss.

“In back-to-back nights when you’re on the road and down two in the third and you get a point, we’ll take that," head coach Bill Peters said after the game. “But we were definitely looking for the extra point.”

The Flames, meanwhile, come to town to close out their five-game road swing that has taken them through Montreal, Washington, Tampa Bay and Florida. They have won four of their last five and are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games.

Elias Lindholm has been one of the Hurricanes’ best players in the month of November, as he’s tallied seven points, including five goals, in his current five-game point streak. He also posted three game-winning goals in a four-game stretch, and he ranks tied for first in the league in that category.

Cam Ward has been the backbone for the team in net, posting victories in four straight starts to begin the month. In that stretch, he recorded a 1.48 goals-against average, a .944 save percentage and one shutout. Ward was in the crease on Oct. 23 in Calgary, making 19 saves on 24 shots. Anton Khudobin got the nod in net on Saturday in Washington, his first start in two weeks. He made 35 saves on 39 shots, a strong performance that helped the Canes snag a point.

“They had us hemmed in there a couple of times, and he made some saves,” Peters said. “He held in and gave us a chance to get our legs underneath us to try to mount a comeback.”

NOTES: Calgary has earned points in nine of the last 10 meetings between the two teams, notching an 8-1-1 record in those games. … Point streaks abound for the Canes: Lindholm (five games), Eric Staal (three games), Victor Rask (two games) and Jeff Skinner (two games). … Skinner is a goal shy of 100 in his career.



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