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Gameday: Hurricanes at Devils

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
NEW JERSEY – Canes and Devils. This feels familiar.


This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s 2015 road finale featuring 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 Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate today, but check back here for updates from New Jersey.

Last updated: 1:25 p.m.



BROADCAST ALERT: FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST
1:25 p.m.

A vast majority of this year's Carolina Hurricanes broadcasts can be found on FOX Sports Carolinas, but 11 are televised on its sister network, FOX Sports Southeast, and tonight's match-up with the Devils is one of those games.

So, where will you find John, Tripp and Michelle tonight? We have a handy guide here, but below is a quick channel rundown.
  • Time Warner Cable (Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, Greensboro) – Ch. 325
  • DirecTV – Ch. 649-1
  • AT&T Uverse – Ch. 726 / 1726
  • Atlantic Telephone – Ch. 270
  • Suddenlink – Ch. 121
  • Mediacom – Ch. 16
  • Dish Network – Ch. 448 / 9518



LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES
11:45 a.m.

The Hurricanes did not hold a morning skate today, but we caught up with head coach Bill Peters in the hotel lobby.

Cam Ward made 19 saves on 20 shots in the Canes 3-1 win over New Jersey on Saturday, so he'll go back in between the pipes tonight.

We'll call Elias Lindholm probable for tonight's match-up, and you can expect the forward lines to remain consistent in the likely case that he does indeed play.

Versteeg-E. Staal-Lindholm
Nordstrom-J. Staal-Nestrasil
Skinner-Rask-Di Giuseppe
Terry-McClement-Nash

Hainsey-Faulk
Liles-Pesce
Hanifin-Slavin

Ward
Lack

Here's more of what Peters discussed this morning.

On the chemistry among the forward lines: "I think all four lines are finding a way to contribute. Eric Staal has played very well. He hasn't been rewarded on the scoresheet, but he's played hard and heavy minutes. He's played against the best players to free up other people. He's done a good job with his line, and J-Mac's line has a bit of consistency, too. In a perfect world we leave them all together."

On the decision to go with Ward in net: "He's been good against them head-to-head, and he plays the puck well. They forecheck well, put the puck in behind your D and go get it. We want someone who can play the puck."

On the team's recent success on the road (4-0-1 record): "We've scored more and we've had the puck more. We've made it an emphasis to hold on to more pucks in the neutral zone. ... We've scored more and that's given us more wiggle room. We can make the odd mistake defensively and it's not a dagger."

On the make-up of the Devils: "I like their team, and I like the way they play. They move the puck up the ice and they attack. ... They've got some nice balance to their lines and some top-end skill."

On the keys to victory: "For us, it's attacking the net and getting on the inside offensively. We've got to get to the blue paint and dig in there. Then we have to make sure we have numbers coming back. We have to reload hard and make sure we're cutting people off, making sure we're doing a good job helping our D out."



CANES, DEVILS MEET AGAIN
6:00 a.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils are becoming quite acquainted with one another, as tonight marks their second meeting in four days and third this month.

HURRICANES at DEVILS
Hurricanes at Devils
PRUDENTIAL CENTER | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
NOTEBOOK: NEW HARDWARE
RECAP: LACK, CANES TOP BLACKHAWKS
VIDEOS
ARENA CAM: EDDIE LACK
FAULK SCORES IN CHICAGO
GAMEDAY LINKS
BROADCAST INFO
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
The first contest, on Dec. 3 in Raleigh, ended in a 5-1 loss for the Canes, and it’s the response from that game that has been notable for the team: Carolina has posted a 7-3-1 record since. The two re-matched on Saturday night at PNC Arena, and the Hurricanes emerged victorious by a score of 3-1. After landing another victory in Chicago on Sunday, the Hurricanes bring back-to-back wins into tonight’s match-up, the third of five with the Devils this season.

“We’re playing a team that we just played, so we know what they’re all about and they’re familiar with us,” head coach Bill Peters said after Monday’s practice. “It’s about coming out, executing and playing with the intensity required to win on the road.”

And since the Hurricanes just met up with the Devils over the weekend, the pre-scout will be rather simple with Saturday’s game fresh in everyone’s mind.

“No question. It will all be head-to-head clips,” Peters said. “I’m not sure what they’ll have for a lineup if any changes … but you never know where guys are health-wise.”

In addition to assembling a 7-3-1 record since Dec. 3, the Hurricanes have also found recent success away from home, going 4-0-1 in their last five games on the road.

“We’ve got to continue to play the way we have,” Peters said. “We’ve played well recently, and we’ve done a lot of good things throughout the lineup. [Tonight] is going to be a situation where you need contributions from everybody.”

Their recent play has helped them climb back to just shy of hockey .500 with 35 points (15-16-5) in 36 games.

“I think we’ve played hard for almost a month. That’s the identity we want to have. We want to be a puck possession team that plays hard, competes and has speed with and without the puck,” Peters said. “We’re getting closer to having an identity we’re proud of.”

The Devils have not played since losing to Carolina on Saturday. Sitting in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division, they lead the Canes by four points.

“They play well. They’re quick, they forecheck hard, they’re very tenacious and they compete. They do a lot of good things,” Peters said. “It’s going to be up to us to make sure we have a good, quality forecheck to spend time in their zone and make them defend.”

Elias Lindholm did not practice on Monday and will be a game-time decision. If Lindholm can’t play, Brad Malone will draw back into the forward corps.

“We’ll dress everybody for warm-ups and we’ll either get the green light or red light,” Peters said.

Peters said Monday that a decision on the team’s starting goaltender had yet to be made. Ward stopped 19 of 20 shots against these same Devils on Saturday, while Eddie Lack backstopped the team to victory with 35 saves in Chicago the next night.

“We’ve got a good, tough decision to make there,” Peters said. “Both guys are coming off solid wins and solid performances.”

CANESPR NOTES: Jay McClement skated in his 800th career NHL game on Sunday. 118 of those have come as a member of the Hurricanes. …. Justin Faulk has points in each of the last two games (2g, 1a), including two even-strength goals, his first two goals not scored on the power play this season.



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

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