– The circus comes to town, so the Canes hit the road!
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A preview of tonight’s game can be found below. The Canes will not hold a morning skate, but we’ll be sure to pass along any and all updates.Last updated: 6:30 p.m.
CANES LINES: WARM-UPS6:30 p.m.
With Andrej Nestrasil, John-Michael Liles and Alexander Semin drawing back into the lineup tonight, here's how the Canes will look against the Rangers:
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Puck drop is up next!
LINEUP CHANGES TO BE MADE11:30 a.m.
Head coach Bill Peters confirmed this morning that Andrej Nestrasil, John-Michael Liles and Alexander Semin will re-enter the Canes' lineup tonight. The question mark remaining: who comes out of the lineup.
Although he has yet to put a group of 20 together that he likes, Peters said that Semin could play on the right wing with the Staal brothers.
In net, Peters said he's leaning towards Cam Ward, who last night set an NHL record
for the longest relief appearance (61:35) without allowing a goal.
We'll be able to pass along final word on the lineup as the two teams take the ice at Madison Square Garden for warm-ups right around 6:30.
JANUARY ENDS & EXTENDED ROADIE BEGINS IN NEW YORK6:00 a.m.
New Year, new results. The Carolina Hurricanes have earned points in nine of 11 games and posted a 7-2-2 record in the month of January, a month which comes to a close tonight in New York.
The Canes’ third and final game in the Big Apple also marks the beginning of an eight-day, four-game road trip that will then take the team to Anaheim, Arizona and San Jose.
“This is going to be a great stretch now that we’re going on the road,” head coach Bill Peters said. “We play very good teams in tough buildings, and it will be a really good measuring stick.”
The Hurricanes are coming off of a 3-2 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday night in Raleigh, a game in which the Canes dug themselves an early hole – it was 2-0 just 3:25 into the contest – before fighting back to earn a point.
“I just liked the fact that we didn’t cave in,” Peters said. “If this was three months ago and you get down 2-0 in the first five minutes, I’m not sure we get a point out of the game.”
“The big thing is that we got a point out of this game,” Cam Ward said. “We can move on to New York and hope to get off to a better start and get a better result.”
“It was a good job battling back tonight,” Eric Staal said. “We’ve got to rebound and be ready to go tomorrow against the Rangers.”
The first three meetings between the Canes and Rangers this season have all been decided by a goal – two in a shootout – and all have swung in New York’s favor. The Rangers have won 14 of the last 15 meetings between the two teams.
Expect to see at least one lineup change tonight, as Peters said before Friday night’s game that he might look to shake up his group of 20 in a back-to-back situation.
“I would think we’re going to be looking for healthy bodies, a jump and a spark,” he said. “They (Nestrasil, Liles and Semin) are all good players and should be able to provide that if we go that way.”
Anton Khudobin started Friday night’s game, but Cam Ward relieved him following the Blues’ second goal at the 3:25 mark of the first period. Ward made 29 saves in the near 59 minutes he logged in the shootout loss. A starting goaltender for tonight’s game in New York has not been named.
“The goalie change was more just to slow their momentum down,” Peters said. “It’s obviously not a reflection of the goaltender, but we didn’t start on time, that’s for sure.”
NOTES: Tim Gleason is one game shy of 700 career games played. 536 of those games will have been played with the Hurricanes. … Before a 1-0 loss to the Rangers on Dec. 21, the Canes had gone 30 games without being shut out by New York.