– The City of Brotherly Love serves as the Canes’ final road stop of the year.
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The Canes will be on the ice at Wells Fargo Center for an 11:30 a.m. morning skate. Check back here then for rinkside updates.Last updated: 4:00 p.m.
LOWE TO MAKE LATE-SEASON NHL DEBUT4:00 p.m.
Game No. 81 might not be meaningful in the standings for the Carolina Hurricanes, but it will certainly be meaningful to Keegan Lowe, who will make his NHL debut against the Philadelphia Flyers.
“It feels pretty surreal right now,” a wide-eyed and smiling Lowe said after his first morning skate. “It’s something you think about and dream about for a long time. When it becomes real, it’s a pretty cool moment.”
“It’s exciting to get a young guy in,” head coach Bill Peters said. “I know he’s excited to be up with us, and we’ll get a good look at him.”FULL STORY ›
QUOTE 'EM1:15 p.m.
Head coach Bill Peters spoke after the morning skate. Here's a sampling of what he had to say.On Keegan Lowe getting into the lineup:
"I got to see him about a week ago in Charlotte. He played real well. We’re going to play him on the left side with Ryan Murphy, and he’s going to play lots five-on-five. He won’t get any specialty team work tonight, but it’s exciting to get a young guy in. I know he’s excited to be up with us, and we’ll get a good look at him."On getting a chance to watch players before a recall:
"I enjoy it. I was misled a little bit. People told me it was going to take two-and-a-half hours. It was much longer than that. Luckily I’m intelligent enough to leave early. I enjoyed the hockey game. The American League is a real good league, and I got to see all of our guys down there. I’m going to go again Sunday to see them again prior to them hitting the road."On the E. Staal-J. Staal-Semin line:
"It’s a dangerous line. Jordan does a good job in all three zones, Sems has offensive skill and Eric Staal is our leading goal scorer. We need that line to be responsible in both ends and generate offense tonight on the road."On Tuesday's game in Detroit:
"I’d rather have the effort and make it a real good, exciting hockey game for the fans. It’s a lot more enjoyable to watch on video when teams are competing."
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE11:30 a.m.
Your Canes lineup for game No. 81:
E. Staal-J. Staal-Semin
Michal Jordan appears to be the healthy extra, and Keegan Lowe looks to make his NHL debut. We'll have more from inside the room after the skate.
CANES CAP ROAD SCHEDULE IN PHILLY6:00 a.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes are down to their final two games of the 2014-15 regular season, and for the second year in a row, they will wrap up their road schedule in Philadelphia.
Last season, the Canes played games Nos. 81 and 82 in Detroit and Philadelphia, respectively; this year, those games were Nos. 80 and 81, as the Hurricanes cap the season at home against the Red Wings on Saturday.
Heading into the penultimate game of their season, the Canes are coming off a 3-2 loss in Detroit on Tuesday, a game in which they were satisfied with the effort but stung with the result. It was a competitive hockey game, Carolina’s most competitive on the road in their last five games away from Raleigh, but Detroit used a two-goal third period to inch ever closer to a playoff berth.
“We had a 2-1 lead going into the third. You want to close it out,” Eric Staal said. “But they were desperate and made some plays in the third period to capitalize. It was a competitive game both ways. I thought both teams played real hard. When you invest that much, it stings after the game when you lose.”
“We were playing a real good team, and if you don’t play well against good teams, you have a chance to embarrass yourself,” head coach Bill Peters said. “I thought the guys dug in and played hard.”
This is the Canes’ fifth and final meeting with their Metropolitan Division opponents. Carolina is 3-1-0 against the Flyers this season, winning three straight after dropping the first match-up this season.
The Canes made a blueline swap with Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon, recalling Keegan Lowe and reassigning Danny Biega. If Lowe, who is in his second professional season, dresses for the Canes, it will mark his NHL debut. The 22-year-old defenseman was a third-round (73rd overall) draft pick of the Hurricanes in 2011.
Though forward Riley Nash (concussion) and Rasmus Rissanen (MCL) are traveling with the team, their return to the ice this season is questionable, especially so for Rissanen.
“I don’t think Riss is very close, to be honest with you. That’s a serious knee injury, and I know he’s worked really hard. There’s nothing more he can do,” Peters said on Tuesday. “When I watched him in the pregame skate in Buffalo, he was very tentative and ginger, which he should be at this stage in his recovery. I don’t know if he’s physically ready.”
NOTES: The Hurricanes have already clinched the season series between these two teams, and it marks the team’s third season series victory against the Flyers since the 1991-92 campaign (2005-06, 2013-14). … Of the 11 penalty-free games played in Carolina franchise history, five have occurred in this season. The team’s last penalty-free game was played in Buffalo on Monday night.