This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to this evening’s game between the Calgary Flames 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.
With a busy schedule and a slightly earlier-than-usual puck drop, the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate, but check back here for updates as the day progresses.Last updated: 5:40 p.m.
CANES LINES: WARM-UPS5:40 p.m.
Here's how the Hurricanes lined up in warm-ups this evening.
Versteeg-E. Staal-Di Giuseppe
This means that Riley Nash (illness) and Brett Pesce (lower body) will be out of the lineup. Nathan Gerbe was on the ice for warm-ups, but it doesn't appear as if he'll play.
CANES LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES4:00 p.m.
The Hurricanes did not hold a morning skate today, so we just had the chance this afternoon to speak with head coach Bill Peters for the first time today. As was the case at practice Saturday, the Canes are dealing with a banged up group. Brett Pesce (lower body) and Riley Nash (illness) remain day-to-day, and there could be a couple of other question marks heading into this evening's contest.
"We're going to have as many guys warm up as they can. We're going to have some guys come back in from this morning to see if they're well enough to play. If they are, I'm going to play them. If not, I won't," Peters said. "Healthy bodies will warm up."
One thing is known: Eddie Lack will start in net. Lack is 3-1-0 with a 1.49 goals-against average in four career appearances against the Flames.
So to summarize, the Canes lineup will be as follows ...
Here's more Peters on tonight's matchup.On the opportunity to bounce back:
"We need to play better. We got a good practice day in yesterday. We need to find a way to play better at home here tonight, and we have to score."On the Flames:
"They're going to play hard. They're going to be very organized. Their power play, I believe, is 7-for-26 here recently. They've got some guys playing very well."
Puck drop between the Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes is officially slated for 6:08 p.m. Meanwhile, kickoff between the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship down the road in Charlotte will happen at 6:40 p.m., likely during the first intermission of this evening's Canes game.
Score updates from the Panthers game will be provided intermittently on the video board and various televisions throughout the arena concourse will be showing the NFC Championship.
After the Canes game concludes, those at PNC Arena are welcome to stay in order to catch the remainder of the Panthers game, which I'd guess would be in the third quarter by that time (and hopefully the Panthers are winning). Patrons will have access to the Arena Club Restaurant and Club Ledge bar where the game will be shown on televisions and drop-down screens and beverages will be available for purchase.
LOOKING TO REBOUND, CANES HOST FLAMES6:00 a.m.
A pair of games against Western Conference foes remains on the Carolina Hurricanes’ pre-All-Star break schedule. Up first: the Calgary Flames in a 6 p.m. faceoff at PNC Arena, the second match in a three-game Canes homestand.
The Hurricanes will be looking to bounce back after suffering a 4-1 loss at the hands of the New York Rangers on Friday night. Joakim Nordstrom scored the team’s lone goal to bring them within striking distance at 2-1 in that game, but J.T. Miller’s two tallies shortly thereafter essentially sealed the deal for the Rangers, their 19th win in their last 20 games against Carolina.
“They were well-prepared,” head coach Bill Peters said after a Saturday practice at Raleigh Center Ice. “They did a real good job of doing what you should do when playing a team that’s coming off a back-to-back with travel and you’re rested. You should jump all over them, and if you’re skilled, you jump all over them and score. Then you have something to show for your work.”
Carolina remains three points out of a wild card spot, though they’ve already played 49 games, the most of any Eastern Conference team.
“It’s always the next game and the next day,” Jordan Staal said after Friday’s game. “We’re a team that’s going to show up tomorrow ready to work and move forward.”
This evening, the Flames are making their first and only visit of the season to PNC Arena, and it marks their fourth of five consecutive games on the road. Calgary topped the struggling Blue Jackets 4-2 on Thursday, and they’ve been victorious in four of eight games in January. At hockey .500 (21-21-3, 45 points), the Flames rank 12th in the Western Conference standings.
Defenseman Brett Pesce, who has been battling a lower-body injury, did not practice on Saturday. Neither did forward Riley Nash, who was a late scratch against the Rangers due to illness. Both are day-to-day heading into this evening’s contest.
“Everyone will come in in the morning, and we’ll make an assessment then,” Peters said.
Since Cam Ward was diagnosed with a concussion on Wednesday, Eddie Lack has started in two straight games. He earned his first shutout of the season with a 32-save performance in Toronto on Thursday and made 28 saves on 32 shots against the Rangers the next night.
“We left [Lack] stranded a couple times,” Peters said after the game. “The thing that happens with goaltenders: your goaltender typically mirrors your team in front of him. When your team plays well, he looks good and plays well. When your team plays poorly, you don’t give him much of an opportunity to look good.”CANESPR NOTES:
Jordan Staal has scored three game-winning goals in overtime this season, which ranks second in the NHL. … The Hurricanes and Flames split last season’s two-game series. Calgary has posted an 8-1-1 record in their last 10 games against Carolina.
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