– The Carolina Hurricanes are back on the road, and this time they’re bringing a two-game winning streak with them.
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Head coach Bill Peters spoke with the media following the morning skate. Here's some of what he had to say.On what he'd like to see from Alexander Semin:
"I'd like to see him work and work real hard, similar to what our 12 forwards that have been in the lineup the last two games worked. I think our work ethic has been good, and it's contagious. I'd like to see him compete at the level we're at and the pace the league's at."On keeping Riley Nash and Victor Rask's lines intact:
"Those two lines have been going good, and they don't deserve to be split up. We're going to go with them together, and if we have to make some in-game adjustments, we'll do that.On giving Ward his fourth consecutive start:
"We're going to ride the hot guy, so we'll play Wardo here tonight and see where it goes."On Boone Jenner and Matt Calvert returning for Columbus:
"I think they're going to get a good boost out of those guys coming back into the lineup, similar to what we got with Pat Dwyer and Nathan Gerbe coming back in."
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
As expected, Alexander Semin is going to return to the lineup, slotted on the first line's right wing. John-Michael Liles is again the healthy extra on defense, as the pairings remain unchanged, and Brad Malone will be the team's healthy scratch up front.
CANES TAKE WINNING STREAK TO COLUMBUS
Though it’s just the fourth of November, the second month of the 2014-15 regular season has already been better than the first for the Carolina Hurricanes, who bring a two-game winning streak to Columbus.
Carolina topped Arizona 3-0 and the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on consecutive nights at home over the weekend, snapping an eight-game winless skid in the process.
“The mood is a little lighter, so it’s good,” head coach Bill Peters said after practice on Monday. “The atmosphere didn’t get bad at all, but it gets old when you’re still waiting for that first win, so it was good to get one on Saturday and back it up on Sunday.”
Tonight marks the first of five meetings this season and the first of two games this week alone between the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes, who currently sit in seventh and eighth, respectively, in the Metropolitan Division.
At 4-7-0 on the season, the Blue Jackets have been decimated by injury, an all too familiar tale for the Canes who are now, for the first time this season, virtually healthy minus Jordan Staal, who is on the shelf long-term.
And just as Carolina got healthy over the weekend, Columbus is following suit. Boone Jenner and Matt Calvert are expected to return to the Blue Jackets’ lineup. Meanwhile, with Sergei Bobrovsky dealing with a day-to-day injury, Curtis McElhinney will get the nod in net.
“We’ve been in those same shoes not too long ago. We’re as healthy as we’ve ever been here,” Peters said. “They play hard. They’re a heavy team, and they play a North-South game. We’re going to have to play well to get a win on the road.”
After sitting out the last two games as a healthy scratch, forward Alexander Semin is expected to return to the lineup. He skated in a familiar spot in practice on Monday: the top line wing with Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty.
“I think we’ll go with that moving forward,” Peters said. “If he plays, that’s where he’ll be.”
Jeff Skinner skated on the top line’s right wing in the last two games. He was slotted with Jay McClement and Patrick Dwyer in Monday’s practice.
“We didn’t want to break up the Rask line … and we didn’t want to break up the Nash line,” Peters reasoned. “Therefore, things have to get shuffled around.”
Coming off the team’s first two wins of the season, Cam Ward has earned his fourth consecutive start in net. Over the weekend, he stopped 53 of 55 shots (.964 save percentage), including a 25-save shutout performance against Arizona.
“We’re going to stay with the hot goaltender, for sure,” Peters said.
NOTES: Elias Lindholm has tallied goals in two straight games, including a two-goal performance versus Arizona on Saturday. He also added an assist against Los Angeles on Sunday. … Jiri Tlusty ranks tied for 10th in the NHL with six goals, and his eight points are also a team high. … Columbus has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two teams, dating back to the 2007-08 season. Carolina’s win on March 18, 2014, in Columbus was their first at Nationwide Arena since March 8, 2004.