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Gameday: Hurricanes at Devils

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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NEWARK, N.J. – Hey, look, another back-to-back!

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 New Jersey Devils 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. The Canes will be on the ice at Prudential Center for an 11:30 a.m. morning skate, and we’ll be passing along any and all updates then.

Last updated: 1:00 p.m.



LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES
1:00 p.m.

Tim Gleason, who didn't skate this morning, will be a game-time decision, head coach Bill Peters said. With that in mind, Michal Jordan is a question mark for tonight, as well.

Up front, Patrick Dwyer will draw back into the lineup on the fourth line's right side, and Andrej Nestrasil will shift to the left. Chris Terry and Brad Malone are expected to be the team's healthy extras.

Here's more from Peters after today's skate.

On Anton Khudobin's last game in New Jersey: "It had to be pretty good. It was a 2-1 game that went into a shootout. I don’t remember a whole bunch; there’s been a lot of hockey played since then, but Dobby was good prior to that game and took a few hard-luck losses."

On the back-to-back: "Back-to-backs are always a good test of character. Who can play? Who can play properly? Who is going to fight through any perceived fatigue, whether it’s mental or physical? It’s a good test of mental toughness, and we’ll learn more about our team."

On building on last night's win: "It was a little ragged at times both ways. There wasn’t a lot going on after the first period I didn’t think. I thought the PK was real good. Four-for-four and didn’t give up a shot. You’re obviously doing something right in order to do that. We scored a power-play goal. So we won the specialty teams battle, and we want to do that here again tonight. We never trailed in that game, and we had a great response to their goal with the bump-up shift goal about 15 or 16 seconds later. Lot of little things we did right, but we can be better as a whole."



CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
11:30 a.m.

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

E. Staal-J. Staal-Tlusty
Gerbe-Rask-Lindholm
Skinner-Nash-Semin
Nestrasil-McClement-Dwyer

Sekera-Faulk
Hainsey-Bellemore

There wasn't a third complete defensive pairing. John-Michael Liles skated with Chris Terry, as Tim Gleason did not skate and Michal Jordan, recalled this morning, is not yet in New Jersey.

Khudobin
Ward

Anton Khudobin looks to be tonight's starter. He won his last start here -- his first win of the season -- right before Christmas in a 2-1 shootout decision.

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



CANES LOOK TO BUILD ON VICTORY
6:00 a.m.

HURRICANES at DEVILS
Hurricanes at Devils
PRUDENTIAL CENTER | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
CANES RECALL JORDAN
CANES SWEEP SEASON SERIES vs. TOR
INFOGRAPHIC: CAR 2, TOR 1
VIDEOS
POSTGAME QUOTES: FEB. 20 vs. TOR
GAME RECAP: CAR 2, TOR 1
GAMEDAY LINKS
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
The Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils will meet in Newark on Saturday night, the third meeting this season, and both teams are coming off wins from the night prior.

The Devils defeated the visiting Vancouver Canucks at Prudential Center by a score of 4-2. In Raleigh, the Hurricanes finished off a three-game season-series sweep of the Toronto Maple Leafs in a tight-checking 2-1 decision.

Both Eric and Jordan Staal found the back of the net in the Hurricanes’ Friday night win, and Cam Ward stopped 23 shots in his 499th career start.

“It wasn’t perfect or pretty as far as our game goes, but we found a way,” said Eric Staal, who scored his 18th goal of the season and sixth on the power play in the first period. “That’s nice, and we’ll try to get better and be ready to go in New Jersey.”

“It definitely wasn’t our A-game, but we found a way to win the game,” Jordan Staal echoed. “Tonight was a good effort in that regard, and we’re going to try to keep improving.”

All of the game’s scoring came in the first period, including Toronto’s lone goal off the stick of Brandon Kozun, who was skating in his eighth NHL game.

“We wanted to tighten up. We did a better job of that in the third, especially,” Eric said. “We controlled pucks down low, and our line was hanging onto it, creating things and making it tough on them.”

“We said in the first period that we were a little too loosey-goosey in our zone, and we wanted to tighten it up,” Ward said. “In the second and third, we were much better, and it’s rewarding to walk away with the win.”

The Hurricanes and Devils have already met in Newark once this season, and in that match-up on Dec. 23, Anton Khudobin unwrapped the early Christmas gift of his long-overdue first win of the season in a 2-1 shootout decision. Khudobin made 18 saves in regulation and overtime and turned away all three shooters he faced in the skills competition. Ron Hainsey was credited for a goal in the third period, while Chris Terry netted the lone, shootout-winning goal.

With 55 points at 23-26-9, the Devils rank seventh in the Metropolitan Division, six points ahead of the Canes. New Jersey’s 4-2 win over Vancouver on Friday was their second in a row after dropping four straight.

The Hurricanes are 4-3-1 in the month of February and 11-6-3 since the beginning of 2015.

NOTES: Cam Ward is now just a game shy of 500 career NHL games, but it is not yet known who will start in net for the Hurricanes. … In other milestone news, Brad Malone is a game shy of 100 career NHL games. … New Jersey has won eight of the last 11 games between the two teams at Prudential Center.



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