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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 San Jose Sharks 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.
Grab your caffeinated beverage of choice because tonight’s game is a 10:30 p.m. EST face off. A preview of said match-up can be found below. The Canes will be on the ice at SAP Center for an 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time morning skate, which is well into your Saturday afternoon on the East Coast. Check back here then for more!Last updated: 5:00 p.m.
QUOTE 'EM5:00 p.m.
Head coach Bill Peters spoke with the media after the morning skate in San Jose. Here are some snippets of what he had to say.On the status of defenseman Ryan Murphy:
"He's going to get an MRI done Monday when we get home to Raleigh, and we'll know more then. ... Day-to-day, lower-body, and we'll know a lot more on Monday."On tinkering with the lines:
"Defensively we were real good, and I thought we played with structure in Arizona. Now we've got to find a way to generate more offense."On going back to Cam Ward in net:
"I thought he was real good [in Arizona], and he deserves to play."On the opposition:
"They're playing real well. I like their team a lot. They have a lot of skill and a lot of dangerous guys in the offensive zone. Their young guys look like they're dynamic and work hard. I like the way they're playing right now."On the first meeting between the two teams, a 2-0 win for San Jose:
"We'd love to play the same way with a little more additional net-front traffic to make it hard on the goaltender. We had a stretch earlier in the year when we generated shots but didn't have enough traffic and seconds and thirds (opportunities). I think we're a better team that we were at that stage, and I would think they are, too."
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE3:00 p.m.
The Canes are on the ice at SAP Center for their morning skate, and here's what you can expect to see tonight.
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Ryan Murphy, who left Thursday night's game in Arizona with a lower-body injury, did not skate today. We'll pass along an update on his condition when we have one.
Riley Nash and Chris Terry look to be the healthy extras up front.
CANES CAP ROAD TRIP IN SAN JOSE6:00 a.m.
Having earned points in six of their last seven games, the Carolina Hurricanes will close out a four-game road trip in San Jose, their second of two meetings with the Sharks this season.
Dating back prior to the All-Star break, the Canes are 4-1-2 in their last seven games, the most recent of which was a 2-1 shootout victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
Even still, head coach Bill Peters is searching for the next level for his club, which has posted an 8-3-3 record in 2015.
“We can be better,” he said after the win in Arizona. “We haven’t played with the same pace coming out of the All-Star break as we had before the break. We’ve got to get our team speed, gap speed and puck speed back up to where we want it.”
Tonight, the Canes will battle the Sharks, who, with 63 points, sit in second place in the Pacific Division. San Jose is coming off a 5-1 win over the Canucks in Vancouver on Thursday.
In the first meeting between the two teams on Nov. 16 in Raleigh, rookie Troy Grosenick posted a 45-save shutout in his first career NHL start. Tonight’s match-up is an opportunity for the Canes to square up the season series ledger and finish this weeklong road trip on a high note.
“It’s going to be another good test for us. They’re a good hockey team,” Peters said. “We’ve got a chance to finish on a high note for sure.”
“It’s another tough challenge, but we can take a lot of good from tonight and try to carry it over into San Jose,” said Cam Ward, who stopped 28 shots in the win in Arizona.
The Hurricanes have won six of the last eight meetings between the two teams. Last year’s lone tilt in San Jose was decided in overtime, a 3-2 Canes win. Just hours after signing a two-year contract extension, Anton Khudobin stopped 35 of 37 shots in that game to earn his first career victory against the Sharks.
The status of defenseman Ryan Murphy is yet unknown for tonight’s game. Murphy left Thursday’s game in Arizona in the first period after landing awkwardly following a high-sticking infraction. Sidelined with a lower-body injury, he did not return to the game, and Peters had no further update afterward.
NOTES: The Hurricanes were not whistled for a penalty in Arizona on Thursday night, just the seventh penalty-free game in Carolina franchise history. The last came on Jan. 27, 2014, a 2-1 win versus Columbus. … Rookie Victor Rask has points in two straight games (1g, 1a). … Elias Lindholm has posted five points (2g, 3a) in three career games against San Jose.