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Gameday: Hurricanes at Canucks

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Not lacking any storylines for tonight, are we?


This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks 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.

You’ll find a preview of tonight’s game below, and we’ll pass along updates as we receive them from the team in Vancouver.

Last updated: 4:20 p.m.



PETERS PREGAME
4:20 p.m.

It was an optional skate for the Hurricanes this morning in Vancouver, so some lineup specifics may not be known until we draw closer to puck drop. Until then, enjoy these videos from Rogers Arena, where head coach Bill Peters met with the media.





LACK LEADS CANES TO VANCOUVER
6:00 a.m.

This one was undoubtedly circled on the calendar for Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack: his return to Vancouver for the first time since being acquired by the Canes over the summer.

HURRICANES at CANUCKS
Hurricanes at Canucks
ROGERS ARENA | 10 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
DI GIUSEPPE OUT WITH CONCUSSION
INFOGRAPHIC: EDM 1, CAR 0 (OT)
VIDEOS
STEVE SMITH IN EDMONTON
GAMEDAY LINKS
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
Augmenting the gravity of his trip back north is the fact that he’s expected to start in net, going head to head against the Canucks, the only other NHL team for which he’s played in his professional career.

Lack, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday, is currently playing his best hockey of the season. He’s 4-0-2 in his last six starts, and he’s stopped 84 of the last 89 shots he’s faced (.944 save percentage).

The Hurricanes have earned points in their first two games in 2016 but are still in search of their first win of the New Year. Two straight decisions in overtime – a 2-1 loss to Nashville and a 1-0 loss to Edmonton – have produced a pair of storylines. The first is that the Hurricanes have been stingy in 5-on-5 play, having not surrendered a goal in said situation in 120 minutes. At the other end of the ice in that same time frame, however, Carolina has found the back of the net only once – and that was in the first period on Saturday.

Tonight’s contest is the third of 13 games that the Hurricanes play in the month of January prior to the All-Star break. Seven of the team’s next eight games are against clubs currently on the outside looking in of the playoff picture; the Hurricanes are also one of those teams and at 16-17-7 with 39 points, they trail a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference by five points.

The Vancouver Canucks are in a similar standings situation with 39 points (15-16-9) through 40 games. They’re under .500 at home (7-8-3) and in their last 10 games (4-5-1), though they have won three of their last five games. Most recently on Monday, Arizona edged the Canucks 3-2 in Vancouver. Tonight’s game is the fifth game in a season-long, seven-game homestand for the Canucks.

Hurricanes forward Phil Di Giuseppe was diagnosed with a concussion Monday evening, the result of a heavy collision with the end boards in the second period of Saturday’s game against Nashville. He did not travel with the team, and forward Brock McGinn was inserted into his slot in the lineup on a line with Victor Rask and Jeff Skinner.

CANESPR NOTES: The Hurricanes have not won in Vancouver since Oct. 15, 1999, posting a 0-5-2 record in seven games since. … Related: the Canucks have won 11 of the last 13 meetings against the Hurricanes. … Carolina has killed off 21 consecutive penalties, their longest such streak of the season. Last year, the Canes killed off 36 consecutive penalties in a span of 14 games.



Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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