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The Hurricanes will be on the ice at Verizon Center for an 11:00 a.m. morning skate. We’ll be there to provide rinkside updates, and until then, you can find a preview of tonight’s game and a projected lineup below.Last updated: 2:15 p.m.
PETERS PREGAME2:15 p.m.
I spoke with Canes head coach Bill Peters prior to the morning skate to get his thoughts on a few items.On getting a look at another new face in Trevor Carrick:
"He's played real well at times. He went over to the Spengler Cup, came back and played a lot of hockey. We want to get a read on him, for sure. I was able to see him play the other day against Rockford. I thought he was solid. He's going to have to simplify his game and move the puck."On what to expect from such a young lineup:
"A young lineup always provides lots of enthusiasm and energy, so that's what I expect. Intelligent energy and play. We've got to do a good job not feeding their transition play. We did a real good job last time against them in our building. We were very disciplined as far as penalties; we didn't actually take any because we were moving our feet. We've got to do the same here tonight on the road."On the biggest strides the team has made since the trade deadline:
"We're getting contributions from throughout the lineup. We've got a real healthy locker room, a lot of energy, lots of guys playing hard for each other and helping each other out. They understand with these young guys coming in that there's going to be a few mistakes and it won't be quite as smooth as it was. They're very helpful and have been really good pros in accepting these guys and helping them along."
CARRICK IN, HAINSEY OUT11:00 a.m.
Ron Hainsey is ill and will not play tonight in Washington, so Trevor Carrick has been recalled from Charlotte and will draw in to make his NHL debut.
The forward lines will remain consistent with what is below. Here's how the defense will shake out.
Eddie Lack will get the start in net.
CANES PROJECTED LINEUP6:00 a.m.
Based on the team’s lines in practice on Monday, here’s how I would expect the Hurricanes to line up tonight.
A starting goaltender was not announced Monday.
“At some point we’ve got to get Eddie in on this trip,” head coach Bill Peters said after practice. “We’ll talk on the plane and make a decision.”
SUTTER, CANES HIT THE ROAD AGAIN6:00 a.m.
As the Carolina Hurricanes hit the road again for the second leg of their five-game road swing, they’ll be bringing along another new face.
Forward Brody Sutter was recalled from Charlotte Sunday evening in a swap with forward Brendan Woods, who played three games in his weeklong stint with the Canes. This marks the first call-up of the season for Sutter, who made his NHL debut and skated in four games with Carolina in October last season.
“It’s a little different than the first time you’re called up. There were a lot of nerves, and I’m more comfortable this time around and know a lot more of the guys, so it makes it a little easier,” Sutter said after practice Monday. “It’s exciting. Hopefully I can come up here, make an impression and help the team get some wins.”
Sutter will skate on the right side of Brad Malone and Jay McClement on the team’s fourth line, a role in which he is comfortable.
“Last year it was more of an offensive role, whereas this year they’ve kind of pulled me back and have me play a defensive role. That’s fine, and I’m comfortable with both,” he said. “I think the role I’m playing down there is what I’m going to have to do at this level – being physical, finishing my checks, getting to the net – so it should be a seamless transition, I’m hoping.”
“Brody was up for a few games last year, so he kind of knows what it’s all about,” head coach Bill Peters said. “Just be strong on pucks, be big and heavy. He’s a good straight-line skater, so get there and finish checks.”
Sutter and the Canes will square up against the Washington Capitals tonight in the fourth and final meeting between the two Metropolitan Division opponents this season. The Caps hold the edge in the season series thus far with two victories. They also sit atop the Eastern Conference with 103 points (49-14-5). The Capitals own a plus-59 goal differential and have lost just six games in regulation at home this season.
“Real good team,” Peters said of Washington. “You look at Washington’s numbers when they lead after 20 and lead after 40, I’d recommend not going in trailing.”
With their playoff window closing, the Hurricanes are aware of the challenge in front of them, especially facing two divisional opponents this week.
“Well, we’ve got to get wins. It’s fine if you’re winning. … We control what we control,” Peters said. “Is the clock running? You bet it’s running. Do we need to accumulate wins? We do.”CANESPR NOTES:
The Hurricanes have killed off 32 of their last 35 penalties (91.4 percent). They also own the league’s eighth-best penalty killing percentage (83.1 percent). … Phil Di Giuseppe (2g, 3a) and Jeff Skinner (3g, 3a) each bring four-game point streaks into tonight’s game.
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