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With the matinee 1 p.m. faceoff, the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate, but check back here for any and all updates we pass along.Last updated: 12:30 p.m.
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Here's how the Canes will line up today.
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Just five games remain in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2014-15 regular season, and the team wants to finish properly and continue to build a foundation on which it can be successful moving forward.
“It’s about playing the right way, the way Bill wants us to play. We want to continue to try to establish a foundation that we can trust and rely on starting next season,” Eric Staal said after Thursday night’s game in Florida. “You need to bring what you do and what you’re asked to do to the best of your ability. We want to continue to build something for next year, and that’s what we’re focused on for the rest of the way.”
The Hurricanes will also be looking for a better effort than was put forth in the team’s last two games. On Tuesday, the Canes fell 4-2 in Washington, and on Thursday, Carolina was routed in Florida, 6-1.
The start was better on Thursday – the Canes were outshooting Florida 10-1 in the first 10 minutes of the game – but the result wasn’t any better.
“I think we started on time, but the late goal at the end of the first hurt us,” Peters said after a Friday practice in Raleigh. “Then, we didn’t have as good of a second period.”
The Hurricanes trailed the Panthers just 1-0 heading into the first intermission, but Florida’s three-goal second period doomed Carolina.
“It got away from us,” Peters said. “I don’t think we were as committed as the game wore along, and they (goals) started going in a little easier than we would have liked, so it became a long night.”
The Hurricanes and Flyers will wrap up their five-game season series with two games in a span of six days. Since dropping the first meeting between the Metropolitan Division opponents 5-1 in Philadelphia on Dec. 13, the Hurricanes have won consecutive match-ups in Raleigh, 2-1 on Jan. 2 and 4-2 on Feb. 24.
Cam Ward is expected to start in net for the Hurricanes. He has won two games against Philadelphia already this season, stopping 46 of 48 shots (.958 save percentage) in the process.
Ray Emery is expected to start opposite Ward. Emery is a perfect 5-0-0 with a 0.73 goals-against average and two shutouts in five career appearances against the Canes.
Riley Nash, who suffered a concussion in warm-ups on Sunday, skated with the Canes in practice on Friday, but he won’t be available for today’s game.
“He did some testing previous to going on the ice, and he’ll get assessed again here after,” Peters said. “He said he felt good, but I don’t think he’s out of the woods yet.”
NOTES: Chris Terry has points in four straight games (2g, 2a). … Terry notched his 10th goal of the season on Thursday in Florida. He and Victor Rask are the first rookie duo to reach double-digit goals in the franchise’s history since 1992.