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Gameday: Hurricanes at Jets

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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WINNIPEG – Hello, Canada!

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with line combinations, roster notes, photos and more as the day rolls on.

The Canes will be on the ice at MTS Centre for an 11:30 a.m. morning skate, which will be after noon on the East Coast. We’ll have updates throughout the day leading up to the 8:00 p.m. ET puck drop, so check back here for more!



ERIC STAAL SKATES WITH CANES

Eric Staal took part in the Canes' morning skate today, and he was outfitted in a yellow, no-contact sweater. Staal will miss his third game with an upper-body injury.




A 'FUN OPPORTUNITY' FOR MURPHY

Ryan Murphy is a defenseman and always has been.

But tonight, he will skate as a forward for the first time in, well, maybe forever.

"I haven't played forward. Maybe one game back when I was little," Murphy said. "It's going to be a fun opportunity, I think."

With just 11 healthy forwards ready to take the ice tonight, the Canes opted to dress seven defensemen instead of recalling an additional forward from Charlotte. And instead of rotating Patrick Brown and Brad Malone in amongst the forward lines or double-shifting a center, the Canes opted to make Murphy a bonafide forward.

"I've been picking the brains of some of the other forwards to figure out where to be at certain times," Murphy said. "Hopefully all goes well.

"I'm just going to try to be defensively responsible, be on the defensive side of the puck and hopefully create some offense."

Murphy will also man the point on one of the Canes' power play units.

"We're snapping the puck around really well right now, and we're executing on our break-outs," he said. "We've got a lot of skilled players who can make things happen, so right now we just have to bear down and be hungry in front of the net."



KHUDOBIN STARTS IN NET, SKINNER AND SEKERA RETURN

Anton Khudobin will get his second straight start in net, coming off a 33-save performance in New York in a 2-1 shootout loss.

"Coming off a good start in New York, he deserves to go again," head coach Bill Peters said. "Tonight is his opportunity to play and get us on the board.”

Jeff Skinner (concussion) and Andrej Sekera (upper body) will draw back into the lineup tonight as expected. Skinner will skate with Elias Lindholm on a line centered by Victor Rask, and Sekera will join his usual defensive partner Justin Faulk.

Defenseman Ryan Murphy will dress as a forward tonight, skating with Brad Malone on the fourth line centered by Patrick Brown, who was recalled from Charlotte on Sunday evening.

Tonight's game will feature two hungry squads in the Jets, who look to snap a four-game skid and the Canes, who look to tally in the win column for the first time this season.

"The last two games have been shootout losses that we’ve competed in and had good looks in the third period to win, so we’ve got to find a way to finish," Peters said. “The building is going to be electric. I expect a real fun night with two desperate teams.”



CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE

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Forward lines were unchanged from Monday, with defenseman Ryan Murphy skating on the fourth line.

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Terry-McClement-Boychuk
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The defensive pairs also remained consistent. John-Michael Liles was out of his yellow, no-contact sweater in the morning skate, and he rotated in on line rushes.

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We'll get definitive word on the lineup and starting goaltender after the morning skate.



CANES PROJECTED LINEUP

Here’s how the forward groupings shook out in practice on Monday:

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Terry-McClement-Boychuk
Malone-Brown-Murphy

With 11 healthy forwards skating, Ryan Murphy served as a fourth-line winger. The Canes could opt to dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen.

Sekera-Faulk
Harrison-Gleason
Hainsey-Bellemore

John-Michael Liles skated in a yellow, no-contact sweater for the second practice in a row on Monday. His upper-body injury could keep him out of the lineup.

Head coach Bill Peters said after practice on Monday that a final decision on the starting goaltender had not been made.

“I’ve got a real good idea, but I want to hear everybody’s opinion to see if I’m missing anything,” he said.

We’ll have a much better idea of what the Canes will look like in the morning skate. They’re scheduled to be on the ice at 11:30 a.m. local time, which will be just after noon on the East Coast.



WINNIPEG MARKS FIRST STOP ON CANADIAN TRIP

A four-game road trip across Western Canada begins tonight in Winnipeg, as the Carolina Hurricanes take on the Jets at MTS Centre.

Both teams come into the game with two points, but they seem to be trending in opposite directions. The Jets won their season opener but have dropped four straight since. Meanwhile, the Canes have earned points in two straight games, both shootout losses.

“I think we’re getting better,” forward Jeff Skinner said. “You look at the last two games that have gone to a shootout, and it goes either way from there; it could have easily been two wins for us. We’ve got to keep getting better and building off those good things.”

Skinner is one player who could return to the lineup from injury tonight. Defenseman Andrej Sekera is another.

“I think we’re going to trickle guys back in as we go,” head coach Bill Peters said on Sunday. “We’re getting close. Day-to-day obviously.”

Defenseman John-Michael Liles, nursing an upper-body injury, was still skating in a yellow, no-contact sweater in Monday’s practice. Up front, the Canes were still without Nathan Gerbe (lower body), Eric Staal (upper body) and Patrick Dwyer (lower body) on Monday. As such, Ryan Murphy served as the team’s 12th forward.

“As it sits right now, [Murphy] is our 12th guy, but if we need to bring somebody up, we can do that either tonight or in the morning,” Peters said on Monday afternoon.

Tuesday’s match marks the second game in what is a five-game road trip for the Hurricanes, who won’t play at home again until November.

“It’s going to be fun, actually,” Peters said. “We’ve got to choose our attitude going on the road. We’re going to play four good teams, and they’re going to be hungry also.”

NOTES: The road team has won 18 of the last 24 meetings between Carolina and Winnipeg. … Chris Terry is riding a two-game goal streak, and he’s also added an assist in that time frame. With three goals and an assist, he ranks tied with Jiri Tlusty for first on the team in scoring with four points. He’s also a plus-4.



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