This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s cross conference match-up between the Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.
A projected Canes lineup, plus a preview of tonight’s game, can be found below. The Canes will hold their morning skate at 11:30 a.m. local time, which will be 1:30 p.m. here in Raleigh. We’ll pass along updates as we receive them from Denver.Last updated: 3:30 p.m.
WARD IN NET; LINEUP CONFIRMED3:30 p.m.
Word from Denver is that Cam Ward starts in net tonight for the Hurricanes, who will use the same lineup as listed below.
CANES PROJECTED LINEUP6:00 a.m.
Here is what the Canes looked like lineup-wise at Raleigh Center Ice on Tuesday. It’s expected that this will remain consistent, but we will update with any changes after the morning skate.
You’ll recognize this lineup: it’s the same the Hurricanes used in the first two games of their road trip.
A starting goaltender has yet to be named.
Rasmus Rissanen was recalled from Charlotte on Tuesday afternoon, and will likely serve as the healthy extra on defense. Riley Nash (shoulder) and Joakim Nordstrom (lower body) remain sidelined.
CANES RESUME ROADIE IN COLORADO6:00 a.m.
The second leg of a seven-game road swing begins for the Carolina Hurricanes in Colorado.
The Canes will face off with the Avalanche tonight in the first of two meetings between the teams this season. It’s also the first of a five-game segment that will then take the Hurricanes to California and back east to Detroit and New York.
“It’s huge. It sets up your trip,” head coach Bill Peters said about tonight’s match-up. “We’ve liked our game when we’ve played well, but we’ve had some efforts we’re not fond of. Now we can go out on the road with a real good schedule and see what we’re all about. Everyone’s going to have to find a way to contribute. It’s a five-game trip so we’re going to rely on everybody at some point.”
The Hurricanes come into this second leg of their annual State Fair roadie having beaten Detroit and lost in Washington over the weekend. Meanwhile, Colorado has started the season 2-3-0, most recently dropping a tight 2-1 contest to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.
“We want to go out and establish how we’re going to play,” Jeff Skinner said. “You look at our games this year, they’ve been a little inconsistent. We want to get to a place where we consistently bring the same effort and same game every night. Hopefully we can come together as a unit, get off to a good start in Denver and carry it throughout the road trip.”
Carolina is expected to keep its lineup constant. One trio the team is hoping to lean on for some offense: the combination of Skinner, Victor Rask and Elias Lindholm; the three combined have four points (3g, 1a) in the team’s first five games.
“We’re going to leave that line together for a little bit. It would have been easy to shuffle the deck, but we didn’t do that,” Peters said. “That should be a good line, and I know they enjoy playing together. Now let’s see if they can be dangerous together each and every night.”
Peters wouldn’t commit to a starting goaltender when asked after practice on Tuesday in Raleigh, but Cam Ward turned in a terrific performance on Saturday night in Washington, only to be the tough-luck loser.
“We’re just going to go one game at a time, one day at a time with our lineup and goalies,” Peters said. “If a guy wins, I’d like to reward him with another start.”CANESPR NOTES:
Eric Staal, Kris Versteeg and Justin Faulk each have a team-high four points. Staal and Faulk each have two goals, and Versteeg has a team-best three assists. … The home team won both meetings between these two clubs in the 2014-15 season. The Canes are 0-8-1 at Pepsi Center since it opened in October 1999. The franchise’s last win in Denver came on Feb. 9, 1996, a 3-2 Hartford overtime win at McNichols Arena.
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