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Gameday: Hurricanes at Red Wings

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
DETROIT – While the State Fair descends upon Raleigh, the Canes begin a trek of seven straight on the road in 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.

Important programming note: tonight’s game is the first of 11 that games that will be televised on FOX Sports Southeast (formerly 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 FOX Sports Southeast channel number.

The Hurricanes will skate at Joe Louis Arena at 11:30 a.m., and we’ll be there to bring you rinkside updates.

Last updated: 3:00 p.m.



McGINN ON PROMINENT STAGE FOR NHL DEBUT
3:00 p.m.

Brock McGinnKris Versteeg has already christened his new rookie linemate with a nickname.

“Big red,” Versteeg informed while stretching out on the floor of the visiting team locker room at Joe Louis Arena after the morning skate.

He, of course, is referring to Brock McGinn, who sports flowing, red locks that spill out of his helmet.

McGinn, recalled on Wednesday evening from Charlotte, will make his NHL debut in Detroit tonight, skating on the left wing with Eric Staal and Versteeg, a prominent stage for his first regular-season action with the big club.

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BILL PETERS PREGAME
12:50 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters spoke with the media in Detroit following the team's morning skate. Here are some highlights from the scrum.

On replicating the effort against Detroit last Saturday: "We have to play with that intensity and tempo. I thought we managed the puck, for the most part, real well that night. We were strong on 50-50 puck battles, and we’ve got to be that way again here this evening.”

On facing Jimmy Howard in net: "We’ve got to get to their goaltender. We have to spend some time in the O-zone. ... We need to have some motion and play heavy. If we get some looks, we have to bury them.”

On the keys to victory: "Specialty teams are going to play a role in the game, for sure. We’ve got to make sure we’re disciplined and have a very good power play. When we get on the power play, we have to execute.”

On Brock McGinn making his NHL debut: "Brock’s a real good player. He’s an honest player who plays in all three zones. He knows how to play and does a lot of little things right. He’s going to get a good look tonight on a line with Staalsy and Steeger. I expect that to be a good line.”

On learning and moving on from the 4-1 loss to Florida: "We were happy with the way we finished in Nashville, and we were disappointed with the result in the home opener but liked the process. We didn’t like much about the Florida game. We didn’t like the way we played. Basically, the message was we let each other down. It’s unacceptable this early in the year, and we’ll learn more about ourselves tonight and tomorrow. I know that’s not how we want to play or how we’re going to play, but we’ve got to back it up by playing the game properly.”



HEY, HEY HOCKEYTOWN
11:45 a.m.

The Canes' morning skate at Joe Louis Arena is underway. The lines remain consistent with what was projected below. Joakim Nordstrom (lower body) and Riley Nash (shoulder) are not skating.

We'll have updates from inside the room in just a bit.



CANES PROJECTED LINEUP
6:00 a.m.

Here’s how the Hurricanes lined up in practice on Wednesday, and that’s expected to remain consistent heading into tonight’s contest.

McGinn-E. Staal-Versteeg
Gerbe-J. Staal-Nestrasil
Skinner-Rask-Lindholm
Malone-McClement-Terry

“We’ve balanced off our lines,” head coach Bill Peters said of his forward groupings. “We want to be able to play all four [lines], and we feel like that’s the best way to do it.”

HURRICANES at RED WINGS
Hurricanes at Red Wings
JOE LOUIS ARENA | 7:30 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
CANES BRING EXTRA BODIES ON ROAD
McGINN, PESCE RECALLED FROM CHARLOTTE
VIDEOS
RAW: BILL PETERS, 10/15
RAW: BROCK McGINN, 10/15
RINK REPORT: OCT. 14
GAMEDAY LINKS
FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST CHANNEL FINDER
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
Hainsey-Faulk
Liles-Jordan
Hanifin-Murphy

Brett Pesce will likely be the healthy extra on defense.

Ward
Lack



CANES BEGIN LONG ROAD STRETCH IN DETROIT
6:00 a.m.

An extended road trip has become the norm for the Carolina Hurricanes in mid-to-late October, as the State Fair rolls into Raleigh.

This season, the Hurricanes will play seven straight on the road, divided into a two-game leg in Detroit and Washington and a five-game swing that begins in Colorado, treks through California and comes back East before the Canes land in Raleigh.

The first game of said road trip is tonight in the Motor City, where the winless Hurricanes (0-3-0) face off against the undefeated Red Wings (3-0-0).

“I think both teams are going to be better,” head coach Bill Peters said about what he expects from Friday night’s match-up. “We’re going to have to make sure we skate, hang onto the puck when we have it and make plays.”

Tonight’s game marks the second meeting between these two teams in less than a week, and, thanks to a scheduling oddity, the two clubs will close out their three-game season series in Detroit on Oct. 27, the back-end of this extended road trip for the Canes.

“I like it when you play a team [again] within 7-10 days. It’s a lot easier on your pre-scout,” Peters said. “Your pre-scout is basically the head-to-head match-up.”

The Hurricanes will look a bit different than they did in last Saturday’s home opener, as injuries to Riley Nash (shoulder) and Joakim Nordstrom (lower-body), both sustained in that game, have forced a shuffling of the deck.

Forward Brock McGinn is expected to make his NHL debut tonight after being recalled Wednesday afternoon.

“He played real well opening weekend at the American League level, he had a good camp for us and deserves the opportunity to play,” Peters said. “He’s a tenacious, gritty, two-way guy. He’s got good speed to him. He knows how to play and plays the game the right way. He does a lot of little things, a lot of attention to detail, which is what stands out to me. He’s real close to being a full-time guy, and we’ll see how this audition goes.”

“It’s for sure exciting,” McGinn said after joining the team in Raleigh for practice on Thursday. “You dream of this every day coming to the rink. You want to be up here with the big club. For it to happen and for me to get that opportunity, it’s definitely a big stepping stone for me.”

The Hurricanes are still eying their first win of the 2015-16 regular season. After playing four satisfying periods in their first two games of the season, the team didn’t put forth much of anything against Florida on Tuesday night.

“I’m not going to throw it out, I know that,” Peters said. “But I don’t want to see it again.”

The keys to victory?

“We’ve got to be tighter defensively. I thought we were fine for the most part here recently, but some big breakdowns ended up in our net, so we’ve got to be tighter in that regard,” Peters said. “And we have to finish. We didn’t generate as much against Florida as we would have liked, but we’ve got to consistently generate offense. When those grade-A opportunities arise, we have to have the ability to finish.”

CANESPR NOTES: This is the first of 16 back-to-back sets the Hurricanes will play this season. ... Defenseman Justin Faulk leads the Hurricanes in points (3) and average ice time (25:57) through three games.



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

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