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Gameday: Hurricanes at Coyotes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Another gameday? Another gameday. Let’s do it all over again!


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

A preview of tonight’s game can be found below, and if we receive updates from the team, we will pass them along.

Last updated: 6:00 a.m.



BACK-TO-BACK SET LEADS CANES TO ARIZONA
6:00 a.m.

HURRICANES at COYOTES
Hurricanes at Coyotes
GILA RIVER ARENA | 9 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
INFOGRAPHIC: CAR 5, ANA 1
VIDEOS
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: CAR 5, ANA 1
SKINNER'S FIRST OF THREE GOALS
LINDHOLM SCORES ON THE PP
GAMEDAY LINKS
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
The Carolina Hurricanes could have let a last-minute, comeback-denying, gut-wrenching loss in Dallas spiral the team’s road trip out of control. But to their credit, they responded in Anaheim on Friday night with a strong team effort and a 5-1 win.

Jeff Skinner’s third-career hat trick and Eddie Lack’s 31 saves (and an assist) helped the Hurricanes defeat the Ducks. Elias Lindholm and Jordan Staal also found the back of the net, sparking an offense that has now scored 15 goals in the last three games.

A number of players are spurring the Canes’ latest offensive outburst. Skinner is leading the way in the goal scoring department with six goals in his last four games, and his 11 tallies on the season rank tied for first on the team. Two players have points in four straight games: Ron Hainsey (1g, 4a) and Andrej Nestrasil (5a), who both had beauties of assists in Anaheim on Friday. Additionally, Victor Rask (5a) and Justin Faulk (3g, 2a) have points in each of their last three games.

Lack turned in his finest performance of the 2015-16 season inE Anaheim and was rewarded with his second win, stopping 31 of 32 shots he faced. He also earned the secondary assist on Skinner’s hat-trick goal, a hard-working, empty-net tally. A starting goaltender for tonight has yet to be announced, but Canes head coach Bill Peters has not shied away from utilizing a winning goaltender in a back-to-back scenario. And, Lack has had some career success against Arizona, posting a 1-2-1 record, a 0.99 goals-against average and one shutout in four career appearances.

The Arizona Coyotes are also facing a back-to-back scenario, but they were at home on Friday night hosting the Minnesota Wild. It took overtime to settle a 1-1 deadlock, and it was Mikkel Boedker’s second goal of the game that secured the Coyotes the extra point in the standings.

Tonight marks the second meeting between these two teams in just seven days, a swift conclusion to their two-game season series. The Hurricanes defeated the Coyotes 5-4 on Sunday at PNC Arena, a game in which the Hurricanes thrice erased a one-goal deficit and won with just 17 seconds remaining in regulation.

CANESPR NOTES: The Canes have scored four or more goals in six of the last 10 meetings with the Coyotes in Arizona. … Eric Staal is a point-per-game player against the Coyotes with 13 points (8g, 5a) in as many career games.



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

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