This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s cross-conference match-up between the Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets 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 is below. We’ll be passing along updates from the team as we receive them.Last updated: 2:30 p.m.
CANES LINEUP NOTES2:30 p.m.
With the help of Mike Sundheim and Michelle McMahon in Winnipeg, here's the lineup you can expect to see from the Hurricanes tonight.
You'll notice a couple of changes: Nathan Gerbe and Michal Jordan draw back into the lineup, with Gerbe subbing for Chris Terry and Jordan in for Ryan Murphy. Additionally, Cam Ward gets the nod in net, his first start in three weeks.
REBOUND EFFORT NEEDED IN WINNIPEG6:00 a.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes, who closed out the month of January with two straight wins and a 5-0 thumping of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, returned from the All-Star break searching for that same jam.
However, the Hurricanes turned in an uncharacteristic effort in Calgary on Wednesday night, a game that ended in a 4-1 unfavorable final. The contest was even 1-1 in the second period, with Elias Lindholm scoring his second goal against the Flames in as many games, but Calgary won the special teams battle and converted on key shifts to beat the Hurricanes for the seventh game in a row at the Saddledome.
“We weren’t very good. We weren’t competitive enough, and we didn’t execute with the puck,” head coach Bill Peters told the media after the game. “We had too many guys who weren’t good enough. Too many passengers tonight.”
So tonight, the team will be looking to regain that pre-All-Star break mojo in its lone trip to Winnipeg of the season, the second stop in a three-game tour of Canada.
“Just our identity. Play the way we play,” Peters said when asked what he wants to see his team get back to. “We have to be more dialed in and play heavier.”
The Hurricanes are in need of a quick rebound with how tight the playoff race is in the Eastern Conference. As of Thursday night, the Canes are three points out of a wild card spot in what is an incredibly fluid playoff picture.
Tonight’s opponent finds itself in the basement of the Central Division at 22-25-3 (47 points). The Jets have won just one of their last five games and dropped a 5-3 decision to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
Eddie Lack has started for the Canes in each of the last six games, going 3-3-0 in that stretch. Cam Ward, who hasn’t started since Jan. 15 against Vancouver, has been cleared to return following a concussion. Ward is 22-12-4 with a 2.94 goals-against average and one shutout in 39 career appearances against the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise.CANESPR NOTES:
Andrej Nestrasil is a game shy of his 100th in the NHL. … Elias Lindholm (2g, 1a) and Jeff Skinner (1g, 3a) both have points in each of the last three games. … The road team has won 19 of the last 26 meetings between these two teams, and Winnipeg has won six of the last eight games.
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