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Gameday: Hurricanes at Capitals

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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WASHINGTON – On the road again/ Goin’ places that I’ve never been/ Seein’ things that I may never see again/ And I can’t wait to get on the road again.

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 Washington Capitals 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.

The Hurricanes will be on the ice at Verizon Center at 10:30 a.m. for their morning skate, and we’ll have your rinkside updates right here.

Last updated: 12:15 p.m.



NASH DIAGNOSED WITH CONCUSSION
12:15 p.m.

Riley NashRiley Nash has been sidelined with a concussion, Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters said on Tuesday morning.

In a fairly routine segment of warm-ups before Sunday’s game against Boston, Nash was along the side of the net when a puck was tipped and struck him around the right ear. Nash required stitches and was a late scratch. Video of the incident can be seen here at the 13 second mark.

“Hopefully it’s not a severe concussion, but with those you never know,” Peters said. “We’ll just monitor that day-to-day, and he’ll go through the protocol.”

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QUOTE 'EM
12:00 p.m.

I spoke with head coach Bill Peters after the Hurricanes morning skate in advance of tonight's Metropolitan Division match-up.

On splitting up the Staal brothers: "We want to get Eric back in the middle. With Nasher being out, this allows us to do that. We got a look at Bugsy at home in the middle, but on the road I wanted to get the McClement line back together. We knew we were going to play Eric more down the middle before the end of the year, and tonight is a perfect opportunity."

On preventing Ovechkin from scoring his 50th goal tonight: "They’re going to determine who he plays against. ... We’ve got four lines that are balanced off and all very responsible away from the puck. We’ll do our best to contain him. He’s a guy you just look to contain. He’s very dangerous, as you know, and he’ll get his ice time and looks. That’s just the way it is. We’ll need all hands on deck to make sure he doesn’t get to 50."

On Riley Nash's injury: "He took some stitches and [has a] concussion. Hopefully it’s not a severe concussion, but with those you never know. We’ll just monitor that day-to-day, and he’ll go through the protocol."



CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
10:45 a.m.

Here's how the Canes lined up this morning at Verizon Center.

Terry-E. Staal-Nestrasil
Gerbe-J. Staal-Semin
Skinner-Rask-Lindholm
Malone-McClement-Dwyer

Hainsey-Faulk
Liles-Bellemore
Biega-Murphy

Ward
Khudobin

We'll have more from inside the room after the skate.




CANES HIT THE ROAD
6:00 a.m.

HURRICANES at CAPITALS
Hurricanes at Capitals
VERIZON CENTER | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
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After spending some quality time at home in March – 11 of 15 games were played at PNC Arena – the Carolina Hurricanes will play five of their last seven games of the regular season on the road, beginning tonight with a match-up with the Capitals in our nation’s capital.

The Hurricanes are coming off of their second five-game homestand in March, which was markedly more successful than the first; the Canes earned six of a possible 10 points, finishing the homestand with a three-game point streak that included wins over Pittsburgh and New Jersey.

“Tons of positives. Very happy, and happy with the homestand, to be honest with you,” head coach Bill Peters said after the Canes 2-1 overtime loss to Boston on Sunday. “We played well against some of the upper-echelon teams in the National League. We matched their intensity today, if not exceeded it at times.”

“We’re a good team. We know we are. Our record shows otherwise, but I know we’re a good team,” Nathan Gerbe said after Sunday’s game. “We’ve been in a lot of games and taken it to a lot of teams, but finding a complete game for 60 minutes is what we have to do.”

Going down the stretch run of the season, the Canes will continue to face off with a handful of teams jockeying for playoff position. Washington, Florida and Detroit are each looking to punch their respective ticket to the postseason.

“We played a team today that’s fighting to get into the playoffs. They’re playing some of their best hockey, and we played with them for 64 minutes. It was just an unfortunate break in overtime,” Chris Terry said on Sunday. “We’re proving to ourselves that we can play with these teams.”

The Capitals are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games, and they’re coming off a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday. At 41-25-10 with 92 points, they currently occupy the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, and, with a game in hand, they trail the New York Islanders by three points for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Hurricanes are 1-1-1 against the Capitals thus far this season. The two team’s most recent meeting came on Feb. 27 in Raleigh, a 3-0 shutout victory for the Canes in which Anton Khudobin made 28 saves and Brett Bellemore scored the game-winning goal.

Riley Nash was a late scratch on Sunday, after he was on the receiving end of a freak carom during warm-ups. A puck struck a helmeted Nash “around the ear,” according to Peters, and though the coach did not have any further of an update on Nash after the game, he said, “it doesn’t sound good.” The 25-year-old center did not make the trip with the team, leaving the Canes with 12 healthy forwards.

NOTES: Jordan Staal skated in his 600th NHL game on Sunday against Boston. … Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is a goal shy of 50 on the season. He is a point-per-game producer against Carolina, posting 71 points (27g, 44a) in 60 games.



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