– One last trip to Canada this season.
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The Hurricanes will be on the ice at Centre Bell for an 11:00 a.m. morning skate, and we’ll be rinkside to bring you updates then!Last updated: 3:00 p.m.
BIEGA TO MAKE NHL DEBUT IN HOMETOWN3:00 p.m.
National Hockey League debuts are always special.
But it doesn’t get much better than making your debut in the world’s best hockey league in your hometown. And that hometown happens to be Montreal, one of the world’s premier hockey cities.
Danny Biega will experience that thrill when he plays in his first game with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night at Centre Bell.
“It’s amazing. It’s awesome,” Biega said after Thursday’s morning skate. “I couldn’t think of a better way to start than coming back to my hometown and playing here.”FULL STORY ›
QUOTE 'EM12:15 p.m.
Head coach Bill Peters met with the Montreal media after the skate. Here's a sampling of what he had to say.On Carey Price:
"We’ve got to score on this guy (Price). He’s an elite goaltender, probably the best goaltender in the world right now. ... We’ve got to find a way to score on this guy. If he sees it, he’s going to make the save, so obviously we need traffic, seconds and thirds."On Danny Biega's debut:
"It’s exciting. I’m going to start him. I don’t know who he partner is going to be, but I know Danny Biega’s going to be standing on the blue line listening to two hockey songs. It’s going to be fantastic."On Biega in Charlotte:
"He’s been good down in the minors. I talked to Jeff Daniels the other day. He’s been the guy that deserves to be called up now. ... "He’s been good and consistent all year. He’s a puck-mover, and he skates well. It will be a fun night for him. It will be really special. I’m excited for him."On Cam Ward's health:
"Not good. Got a flu bug going through. He’s not getting better. It’s hanging on."On the final stretch of the season:
"We’ve got to come out and compete, and I have no issue with that. The Ottawa game was probably the best, most exciting 1-1 game I’ve been a part of. It was outstanding. It could have been 4-4, but the goaltenders at both ends were outstanding. We’re going to play that way for the rest of the year. We’re going to play hard."
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE11:00 a.m.
Here's how you can expect the Canes roster to look tonight.
Cam Ward did not skate for the third straight day, but he is expected to back up Khduobin tonight. We'll have more from inside the room in just a bit.
CANES TREK TO MONTREAL AS BIEGA EXPECTED TO MAKE DEBUT6:00 a.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes will make their last trip north of the border tonight, as they match-up against the Montreal Canadiens for the third and final time this season.
The Canadiens claimed victory in the two teams’ first meeting of the season by a score of 4-1, a one-goal game that got away from the visiting Hurricanes late. Nearly two weeks later in Raleigh on Dec. 29, the Canes were again within a goal of the Habs but dropped a 3-1 decision after Montreal potted an empty-net goal.
After defeating Columbus 3-2 on Sunday night, the Hurricanes returned home to host the Senators on Tuesday. Andrew Hammond and the Sens ultimately got the better of the Canes in a 2-1 overtime victory.
“I thought it was an excellent game. I just watched the overtime again. That's one of the most exciting overtimes I've ever been a part of,” head coach Bill Peters said after the game. “It was a hard-fought game. It was a good game. They played very well and very tight, and I thought we did the same way.”
Carey Price, who has already tied his career-high mark for wins (38) in just 57 games played, has stopped 53 of 55 shots (.964 save percentage) in two games against the Hurricanes this season, and Carolina will likely see him again. Anton Khudobin will make his third consecutive start in net for the Canes. He has stopped 53 of 57 shots (.930 save percentage) in his last two games, helping the Canes earn three of a possible four points.
“Last night’s game was outstanding, I thought, for a 1-1 game. It could have been 4-4. I thought Dobby was outstanding, and so was Hammond. Same thing tomorrow,” Peters said after a Wednesday practice at PNC Arena. “You’ve got to bury your grade-A’s when you do get them. … If you keep generating enough quality chances, you’ll eventually score.”
Danny Biega will make his NHL debut in his hometown tonight. The 23-year-old defenseman was recalled Wednesday evening after John-Michael Liles was sidelined with a lower-body concern in Tuesday night’s game against Ottawa. In his second full professional season, Biega, a Montreal native, has played in all 64 of Charlotte’s games this season, posting two goals and 12 assists (14 points).
Jordan Staal did not practice on Wednesday, but he will be in the lineup tonight.
“Just a maintenance day. He’ll be ready to go,” Peters said. “Just a day that he needed. He’s played real well since he’s come back and real well recently, and he needs to continue to do that in the final 12 games.”
NOTES: The Canes are 9-7-2 at Centre Bell since the start of the 2005-06 season. Additionally, the Canes have earned at least one point in 22 of their last 36 games against Montreal (18-14-4). … Eric Staal is a point-per-game player against Montreal with 38 points (19g, 19a) in as many games.