This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s post-All-Star tilt between the Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames 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 we’ll pass along updates from the team as we receive them.Last updated: 4:00 p.m.
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE4:00 p.m.
Hurricanes television and web host Michelle McMahon provided a lineup update
from the Canes' morning skate in Calgary. Here's what to expect tonight.
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CANES HEAD TO CALGARY IN RETURN FROM ALL-STAR BREAK6:00 a.m.
The unofficial second half of the season, marked by the portion played after the All-Star break, begins tonight in Calgary for the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes, who sit just a point out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, have 31 games left to play in the regular season, a stretch that begins with a three-game road trip to Canada.
Using the recent history between Carolina and Calgary as our guide, we could be in store for a high-scoring contest. The Flames have scored four or more goals in five of the last meetings with Carolina, and the inverse is also true: the Canes have scored four or more goals in five of their last nine games against the Flames, including their 5-2 victory over Calgary on Jan. 24.
The Canes followed that up with a 5-0 trouncing of the Chicago Blackhawks Jan. 26, skating off into the extended break with a two-game winning streak and three victories in their last four games.
“We knew it was going to be a big game. They’re one of the best teams and they have been for the past six or seven years,” Riley Nash said after the game. “We knew it was a big test, a good measuring stick to see where we’re at. We’re slowly but surely climbing up the standings, and we know we need to have a big second half to get in the playoffs.”
Following Justin Faulk’s weekend in Nashville, the Canes reconvened in Raleigh for a Monday afternoon flight to Calgary, where they skated once arriving and again on Tuesday, in part to adjust to the altitude and in part to skate off whatever rust may have accumulated in their five days away from the rink.
Joining the team on the ice were forward Phil Di Giuseppe and defenseman Ryan Murphy, both of whom were recalled Sunday evening. Di Giuseppe was with the team prior to the break, reassigned so he could play additional games, and Murphy makes his return to Raleigh in place of Brett Pesce, who was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body issue.
Goaltender Cam Ward was also back at practice after being cleared to return from a concussion. A starting goaltender for tonight has yet to be announced, but Eddie Lack has been impressive against the Flames in five career appearances: a 4-1-0 record, a 1.59 goals-against average and one shutout. Lack is also 8-3-2 in his last 13 games, including two shutouts in his last three victories.CANESPR NOTES:
The Hurricanes will be attempting to snap a six-game winless streak in Calgary, where they haven’t won since Dec. 12, 2002. They are 0-5-1 since. … With 11 goals for in their last three games, the Hurricanes have seven players bringing point streaks of two games or longer into tonight’s contest; Jordan Staal and Andrej Nestrasil both have assists (3) in each of their last three games, while Joakim Nordstrom has scored goals (3) in each of his last three games.
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