This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s season series finale – yes, you read that right – 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.
A preview of tonight’s match can be found below. We’ll pass along any and all information as we receive it from Detroit.Last updated: 12:30 p.m.
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE12:30 p.m.
Here's how the Canes will line up tonight, thanks to our eyes and ears in Detroit.
According to Michelle McMahon, Joakim Nordstrom skated with the Canes this morning. He has missed the team's last five games with a lower-body injury.
Defenseman Noah Hanifin will be a healthy extra tonight. Head coach Bill Peters said he simply wants to freshen up the 18-year-old defenseman, giving him a chance to read the game from a different angle and learning from that.
CANES CLOSE OUT SEASON SERIES AGAINST DETROIT6:00 a.m.
It’s strange but true: the Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings will conclude their three-game season series tonight, just over two weeks in to the 2015-16 regular season.
Both previous meetings between these two squads have been tightly contested. The first, the Hurricanes’ home opener, resulted in a 4-3 victory for the Red Wings despite the Canes firing a season-high 47 shots on Petr Mrazek and surrendering a season-low 19 shots against.
Just a week later, the script of the second meeting was much of the same: the Hurricanes controlled possession and held the shot advantage, only this time, the result was favorable, as the Canes earned their first two points of the season in a 5-3 win.
Jump ahead 11 days, and the Canes are back in Detroit for the rubber match of the season series on the second leg of their seven-game State Fair road trip.
“We want to continue to play well,” head coach Bill Peters told the media after practice in Detroit on Monday. “I think it will be similar to both games in the fact that there won’t be a lot of room, so you have to make sure you’re managing the puck properly.”
Since topping the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 16, the Hurricanes have posted a 1-3-0 record, including a 1-0 overtime win in Colorado and two straight losses in California. The loss to Carolina was the beginning of a four-game slide for the Red Wings. Detroit got back in the win column on Saturday, besting Vancouver 3-2 in overtime.
Forward Riley Nash returned to the lineup in San Jose on Saturday night after missing five games with a shoulder injury, and he did so in a big way, scoring his first goal of the season.
Defenseman Brett Pesce made his NHL debut in San Jose, the third Hurricane to do so this season. He logged one hit in 16:58 of ice time.CANESPR NOTES:
The Hurricanes have scored three power-play goals this season. Justin Faulk has scored all three of them, a mark that ranks first among all NHL defensemen. Faulk is also tied for the team lead in points with five (3g, 2a). … John-Michael Liles skated in his 100th game with the Canes on Saturday in San Jose. He’s posted 32 points (4g, 28a) since joining Carolina on the first of the year in 2014.
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