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Gameday: Hurricanes at Oilers

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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EDMONTON – It’s a new day.

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.

Important programming note: tonight is the second of 11 games that will be broadcast on SportSouth. This channel isn't typically included in standard packages, but most carriers provide an overflow channel in order to broadcast the game. These channel numbers can vary on a game-to-game basis, so click here to locate your SportSouth channel number.

The Canes will hold an optional skate at Rexall Place at 11:30 a.m., which will be 1:30 p.m. in Raleigh. We’ll have updates throughout the day leading up to the 9:30 p.m. ET puck drop, so check back here for more!



RIGHTING THE SHIP

Just three games ago, the Carolina Hurricanes played in a tight-checking, hard-fought 1-1 tie with the New York Rangers, a game that was ultimately decided in the shootout.

A week later, the team was left searching for answers after a 5-0 shutout loss in Calgary.

“It happens quick in this league,” head coach Bill Peters said. “It can go bad quickly, but you can get it turned around quick if you put in the effort and have some structure.”

Structure – or the lack thereof – was one thing Peters pointed to last night as the team’s downfall.

“We looked like we didn’t believe, and then everybody starts trying to do each other’s job,” he said after last night’s game. “All of a sudden there’s duplication, guys open, back-door tap-ins and it looks unorganized. That’s what we saw tonight.”

But that was then, and this is now. It’s another gameday, and the Hurricanes yet again have a chance to win a hockey game.

“We flushed it here this morning, and we’ve got to move on,” Peters said. “We should be the most desperate team between the two clubs here tonight. We’ve got to find a way to get in the win column.”



CANES' LINEUP IN FLUX

With just an optional skate this morning, we won’t know for sure what lineup the Canes will ice until warm-ups this evening. The team is also dealing with a few guys under the weather this morning, which could also impact lineup decisions.

“There are going to be changes, for sure,” head coach Bill Peters said. “The rest will be dictated by how guys feel at 5 or 5:30.”

Here’s what the forward groups looked like last night, and with just 12 healthy skaters, there’s not much wiggle room.

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On defense, Jay Harrison and Brett Bellemore are going to draw back into the lineup after being healthy scratches last night in Calgary. There was no additional word on who might come out of the lineup, but here’s what the other three defensive pairs looked like last night.

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Anton Khudobin will get the start in net.

“It’s been funny for our team. Our goaltending has been good when our team’s been good, and when our team hasn’t played as well, it’s not fair to assess our goaltenders. For Wardo last night, there’s nothing he could do,” Peters said. “Back-to-back, it makes more sense to go with Anton here tonight.”



BACK-TO-BACK IN ALBERTA ENDS IN EDMONTON

A short memory will be vital for the Carolina Hurricanes, who finish a back-to-back set in Edmonton, Alberta, following a 5-0 shutout at the hands of Jonas Hiller and the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

The Hurricanes are still looking for their first victory of 2014-15, having dropped a franchise-high six games in a row (0-4-2) to begin the season.

Following a game that saw the Canes surrender five goals and generate just 16 shots on goal, getting back in action less than 24 hours later isn’t necessarily a negative.

“We’ve got to have a short memory here and actually play the game the right way tomorrow, starting with myself and all the way through the lineup,” forward Riley Nash said after Thursday’s game. “Hopefully the results will follow if we do the work.”

“I’d rather play than practice, for sure. You get a chance to win a hockey game,” head coach Bill Peters said. “It’s a quick turnaround here, and we’ll get ready for Edmonton.”

The Canes have totaled just two goals in their last three games, getting outscored 9-2 in that stretch.  The team has also been outshot in every game this season, managing 30 shots just once and fewer than 25 shots four times.

Offense wasn’t the only problem against Calgary, though.

“It’s defense, too. We gave them five goals and hung Ward out to dry,” Nash said. “We’ve got to get back to simple things: working and not worrying about the offense. Keep working and working, and if it comes, it comes.”

“We’ve got to weather a little bit of adversity,” Peters said. “There are going to be things that go wrong each and every night. It’s how you react to them that’s important.”

NOTES: The Canes have earned at least one point in three of the last four meetings between the two teams. In that stretch, Carolina has outscored Edmonton 17-11. … Carolina is 8-21-6 all time in Edmonton.



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