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A quick preview of tonight’s match-up, a 10:30 p.m. Eastern puck drop, can be found below. We’ll pass along information as we receive it from Los Angeles.Last updated: 2:45 p.m.
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE2:45 p.m.
The Hurricanes are on the ice at Staples Center. Here are the lines, as provided to us from Los Angeles.
The forward lines have been shuffled, with Eric Staal moving back to the left wing. Andrej Nestrasil moves off the wing and into the third-line center position.
Defensive pairings remain unchanged. Brett Pesce, recalled from Charlotte on Thursday, is expected to be the healthy extra.
Coming off a 26-save shutout performance, Cam Ward again gets the nod in net.
CANES GO FOR TWO STRAIGHT IN LA6:00 a.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes made history on Wednesday night in Colorado, and tonight in Los Angeles, they look to establish their first winning streak of the 2015-16 regular season.
The Canes’ 1-0 win in overtime two nights ago in Colorado was the franchise’s first win at Pepsi Center. It was also just the eighth time in franchise history that a game was scoreless after regulation and just the club’s second win of one of said games.
Victor Rask scored the game-winning goal 1:49 into the 3-on-3 overtime session, motoring past the defense, protecting the puck with his body, balancing on one skate and stuffing the puck past Semyon Varlamov.
“Good play by Victor taking it hard to the net,” head coach Bill Peters told the media after the game.
Cam Ward received two honors for his effort in Colorado, being named the first star by Denver media and given the Canes’ fireman’s helmet by Eric Staal. Ward made 26 saves in a shutout effort, none better than his desperation paddle stop on Matt Duchene’s virtual open-net chance late in the third period. Ward also turned away Jarome Iginla on a breakaway early in overtime.
“He was outstanding. I thought he really made some big saves and also managed the puck real well,” Peters said. “That’s what you need from your starter.”
The Canes begin their second of 16 back-to-back sets tonight in Los Angeles against a Kings squad that played in San Jose on Thursday. After winning their second game of the season, the Hurricanes are looking to string together victories for the first time in this young campaign.
“It’s good to start off on the right foot. It sets up the rest of the trip,” Peters said of Wednesday’s win. “We’re going to play a back-to-back and a three-in-four, so we’re going to manage it properly. It’s always good to get some momentum early in the trip.”
Carolina recalled defenseman Brett Pesce from Charlotte on Thursday evening. The 20-year-old defenseman, who was called up once already this season but has yet to make his NHL debut, recorded an assist and three shots for the Checkers in a 4-3 loss in Grand Rapids on Wednesday.CANESPR NOTES:
Nathan Gerbe is a point-per-game player against the Kings, with six assists in as many games. … Nine of the last 11 games between Carolina and Los Angeles have been decided by one goal.
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