– Game No. 80 coming at you from the Motor City!
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 Detroit Red Wings 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.
On a back-to-back with travel, the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate today. Check back here for any and all updates, and we should have lineup news to pass along later in the afternoon.Last updated: 7:00 p.m.
CANES LINES: WARM-UPS7:00 p.m.
Here's how you can expect the Canes to line up tonight.
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LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES5:45 p.m.
Just a small lineup tweak for tonight, per Canes head coach Bill Peters: Ryan Murphy will draw back into the lineup on defense, while Danny Biega will slide out. Anton Khudobin will get the start in net.
Peters is making his return to Joe Louis Arena, where he spent three season as an assistant coach for the Red Wings before accepting the head coaching gig in Carolina.
"[Mike Babcock and I] joked about it when the schedule came out in the summer, about making sure that game 80 and 82 were meaningful with what we wanted to do in that both of us would have a playoff spot wrapped up by now," Peter said. "They’re closer to that, obviously that we are. We’re not going to be able to accomplish that this year, but now it’s our job to make it hard on them to accomplish it."
Peters has been on the opposite side of the glass before -- Detroit came to Raleigh in early December in the two teams' first meeting this season -- but this will be his first time stepping onto the opposite bench at the Joe.
Will that be strange in any way?
"I don't think so, to be honest with you. It's going to be fun," he said. "It's a fun building to play in. It's a great crowd and a good environment. You're playing an Original Six team, and any time you're in that situation, it's a fun night."
Also making his return to the Joe: Andrej Nestrasil, who made his NHL debut in this building in October.
"He's going to be excited. He's got some friends on that other side, and he wants to play well in front of them for sure," Peters said. "He's proud of what he accomplished here in this organization. They did a good job of bringing him along, and we're glad to have him now and have him be a part of our future."
More from Peters ...On tonight's game:
"You've got to find a way to have an edge. Our guys have pride. They've got a lot to play for."On the status of Rasmus Rissanen:
"I don’t think Riss is very close, to be honest with you. That’s a serious knee injury, and I know he’s worked really hard. There’s nothing more he can do. When I watched him in the pregame skate in Buffalo, he was very tentative and ginger, which he should be at this stage in his recovery. I don’t know if he’s physically ready."
PETERS, CANES VISIT DETROIT6:00 a.m.
It seems sort of odd that, in the last week of the season, the Carolina Hurricanes visit two cities for the only time this year: Buffalo last night and Detroit tonight.
In that sense, it’s been a long time (home)coming for Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters, who will make his first return to the city where he spent three years as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings before accepting the head coaching gig in Carolina.
In his first season as an NHL bench boss, Peters has presided over a Canes club that has gone 29-39-11 and accumulated 69 points. A couple games over .500 at home, the Hurricanes have won just 11 games on the road this season. Carolina comes into tonight’s game having dropped four straight games on the road.
Last night, the Buffalo Sabres jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Hurricanes stormed back to make it a one-goal game in the third period. Buffalo, however, held on for the 4-3 victory.
“I think we’ve got to learn from tonight. Tonight wasn’t good enough, not a good enough effort on the road to win in the National Hockey League,” Peters said after the game. “You can’t give up four goals at this time of year and expect to win.”
Turnovers doomed the Hurricanes in the first 40 minutes.
“You turn it over, and they score,” Nathan Gerbe said. “It hurts you in this league.”
“The turnovers hurt us, for sure,” Peters said. “I didn’t think we played with the proper sense of urgency or enough physical commitment in the offensive zone to be heavy on pucks, and in the defensive zone, I didn’t think we were physically involved, either.”
The Hurricanes ultimately fired off 85 shot attempts, including a season-high 52 on Anders Lindback. But by the time they found their game, the gap was too wide to close.
“You generate 50-plus shots, and there were some good looks,” Peters said. “I think there was enough quality, but you can’t allow yourself to give up four and try to mount a comeback. It’s just not going to happen.”
Now, less than 24 hours later, the Canes have the opportunity to right the ship on the road. They’ll be facing a desperate Detroit team that is grasping onto the second and final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
“We just need to come out with energy and play well systematically,” Patrick Dwyer said. “We’re going to play a team that, if you don’t play the systems correctly, they will pick you apart, and it will be a long night.”
NOTES: Since the franchise relocated to North Carolina in 1997, the Canes have won just one regular-season game at Joe Louis Arena. That win came last year on April 11, a 2-1 final. Prior to that, the team’s last regular-season victory in Detroit came on Nov. 14, 1989, a 3-0 shutout win. In the 18 regular-season games since, the Canes have lost a game in overtime and tied once.