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Gameday: Hurricanes at Oilers

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
The Canes bid farewell to Rexall Place.


This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers 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 pass along updates as we receive them from the team in Edmonton.

Last updated: 3:15 p.m.



CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
3:15 p.m.

Michelle McMahon, who is with the team in Edmonton, passed along the lines you'll see the Hurricanes utilize tonight. It's largely familiar with a few slight tweaks.

Versteeg-E. Staal-Lindholm
Nordstrom-J. Staal-Nestrasil
Skinner-Rask-McGinn
Malone-McClement-Nash

Faulk-Liles
Slavin-Hainsey
Hanifin-Pesce

Ward
Lack

Also, click here to listen to head coach Bill Peters' scrum with the Edmonton media following the morning skate.



EDMONTON MARKS CANES’ FIRST STOP IN WESTERN CANADA
6:00 a.m.

In their first game of the New Year, the Carolina Hurricanes snagged a point in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators. Now making a brief trip out to Western Canada, the team will be in search of their first win in 2016 facing off with the Edmonton Oilers.

HURRICANES at OILERS
Hurricanes at Oilers
REXALL PLACE | 9 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
CANES RECALL McGINN FROM CHARLOTTE
RECAP: CANES GRAB POINT IN 2-1 OT LOSS
VIDEOS
POSTGAME QUOTES: JAN. 2 vs. NSH
NATHAN GERBE ON HURRICANES LIVE
GAMEDAY LINKS
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
Saturday’s match against Nashville was tight and closely fought. The Hurricanes got on the board first thanks to a rebound deposit from Victor Rask, but Paul Gaustad’s stick was in the right place to redirect Mattias Ekholm’s point shot in the second period to even the score shorthanded. The game would remain a 1-1 deadlock until Ekholm scored the game-winner at the 3:09 mark of the 3-on-3 overtime period.

“I feel like our compete level was there,” said Eddie Lack, who made 19 saves and is 4-0-2 in his last six starts. “It was just one of those nights where it could go either way, and we came up short, unfortunately.”

The Hurricanes traveled Sunday, opting to spend the day off the ice with 13 games in 26 days prior to the All-Star Break.

The first meeting between the Hurricanes and Oilers happened on Thanksgiving Eve, a sound 4-1 Canes victory featuring four different players finding the back of the net and 30 saves for No. 30 in net.

With 35 points at 16-21-3, the Oilers rank last in the Western Conference. December was a tale of two cities for the Oilers, who won six straight games to begin the month and then were victors in just one of their last seven games of 2015. The New Year began on the right note for Edmonton, as they topped Arizona 4-3 in the shootout.

Forward Phil Di Giuseppe left Saturday’s game in the second period after colliding hard with the end boards. Peters said after the game that the rookie forward was put through the concussion protocol, an injury believed to be affecting both the shoulder and his head.

On Sunday, the Hurricanes recalled forward Brock McGinn from Charlotte. McGinn has

totaled three points (2g, 1a) in his first 14 games in the NHL this season. He also ranks third among Checkers skaters with 19 points and second with 10 goals, even though he’s only competed in 19 of the team’s 31 games.

CANESPR NOTES: The Hurricanes have earned at least one point in five of the last six meetings between these two teams and have outscored Edmonton, 31-22, in that stretch. … Carolina has killed off 19 of its last 20 penalties, a 95 percent success rate and their longest such streak this season.



Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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