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Gameday: Hurricanes at Sharks

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
The Canes’ tour of California continues in San Jose.


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.

Tonight is another 10:30 p.m. EST puck drop, so rest up and grab the caffeine! A quick preview can be found below, and we’ll pass along information as we receive it from San Jose.

Last updated: 3:00 p.m.



LACK TO START, NASH MAY PLAY
3:00 p.m.

Eddie Lack will get the start in net for the Hurricanes tonight, head coach Bill Peters told the media in San Jose.

"I expect his teammates to play real well in front of him and expect a good performance from our group," Peters said.

In other lineup news, forward Andrej Nestrasil is still hurting after blocking a shot in the leg last night.

"He's not quite 100 percent, but I think we've got the green light on (Riley) Nash," Peters said. "If that's the case, Nasher will come back into the lineup."

Nash has missed the team's last five games with a shoulder injury.



CANES NEED OFFENSIVE SPARK IN SAN JOSE
6:00 a.m.

HURRICANES at SHARKS
Hurricanes at Sharks
SAP CENTER | 10:30 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
INFOGRAPHIC: LA 3, CAR 0
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HIGHLIGHTS: LA 3, CAR 0
GAMEDAY LINKS
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
A night after being shut out 3-0 in Los Angeles, the Carolina Hurricanes get back to work in San Jose in the latter half of a back-to-back California set.

In order to be successful against the Sharks, who sit tied for first place in the Pacific Division with eight points (4-3-0), the Hurricanes will need to find the back of the net early and often. In the team’s last 182 minutes of hockey, they’ve scored just twice, and that includes a goal scored in 3-on-3 overtime.

Against Los Angeles on Friday night, the Hurricanes generated 40 shots but couldn’t solve Jonathan Quick.

“I don’t think there were a ton of grade-A’s. They play pretty tight,” head coach Bill Peters told the media after the game. “We’ve got to find a way to score. We’ve got to be able to get on the board early. We don’t have any wiggle room right now.”

One way to jumpstart the offense would be to establish success on the man advantage. The Hurricanes have not scored a power-play goal in three games (0-for-13), and the team is just 2-for-29 on the season.

“We’ve got to get some of our higher-end skill guys involved offensively,” Peters said. “In order to do that, you’ve got to get to the dirty areas to score.”

Cam Ward turned in another solid performance in net on Friday night, keeping his team in a one-goal game until a defensive mistake about midway through the third period led to a 4-on-4 tally for the Kings.

“He’s been excellent,” Peters said of his goaltender.

Andrej Nestrasil was hobbled by a blocked shot in the second period, and he very gingerly skated off the ice. He did not return to the contest, and his status for tonight’s game is unknown.

It’s possible that defenseman Brett Pesce could make his NHL debut in San Jose. He served as a healthy extra in Los Angeles a night prior.

CANESPR NOTES: Elias Lindholm is better than a point-per-game player against the Sharks in his young career with seven points (3g, 4a) in four games. … Good news for the Canes offense? Carolina has scored three or more goals in nine of the last 11 meetings with San Jose.



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

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