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Gameday: Hurricanes at Stars

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, photos and more as the day rolls on.

Important programming note: tonight’s game will be broadcast on 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 SportSouth channel number.

The Canes will be on the ice at American Airlines Center for an 11:30 a.m. morning skate, which will be just after noon on the East Coast. We’ll have updates throughout the day leading up to the 8:30 p.m. EST puck drop, so check back here for more!



Jay McClementMCCLEMENT HITS NO. 700

Jay McClement knew it was getting close.

“It” being his 700th game in the NHL, which he'll play in Dallas on Tuesday, a notable milestone if not simply for the longevity it conveys.

“I knew that a couple days ago,” he said. “My wife filled me in on that.”

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LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES

After missing the last two games with an upper-body injury, Alexander Semin will return to the lineup tonight. He slots in on the right wing with Nathan Gerbe and Riley Nash to his left.

"We need him to come in, make an impact, help us in the goal-scoring department and generate some offense," head coach Bill Peters said of Semin, who has no goals and just five assists in 13 games.

Jay Harrison (lower body) and Brad Malone will be the extras for Carolina tonight.

Cam Ward will get the start in net, his 12th of the season. He is is 2-3-1 with a 3.48 goals-against average in six career appearances against the Stars. In seven November starts, Ward has posted a 1.57 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage.

Here's more of what Peters discussed this morning:

On what he wants to see offensively tonight: "More traffic. We looked at some video here this morning, and there was more traffic than I actually thought against San Jose. We want more consistent traffic and a better job getting underneath people at the net and staying at the net.”

On Dallas: "They’re a dangerous team that can score off the rush if you open it up with them and get in that track-meet-style game. They’re going to be able to finish chances, so you have to … make them earn anything they’re going to get. They’re a team that’s just waiting to break out, and when they do they will be dangerous. Hopefully that can start Wednesday.”




CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE

Here's how the Canes are looking up front this morning in Dallas:

Tlusty-E. Staal-Lindholm
Gerbe-Nash-Semin
Skinner-Rask-Terry
Boychuk-McClement-Dwyer

And on defense:

Sekera-Faulk
Liles-Gleason
Hainsey-Bellemore

From line rushes, it appears Jay Harrison (lower body) and Brad Malone will be the extras tonight. We will confirm after the morning skate.



FIVE GAME ROAD TRIP BEGINS IN DALLAS

For the second time in as many months, the Carolina Hurricanes have embarked on a five-game road trip, and this one begins in Dallas against the 6-8-4 Stars.

HURRICANES at STARS
Hurricanes at Stars
AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER | 8:30 p.m.
TV: SPORTSOUTH | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
GAGLIARDI REPRESENTS RALEIGH ABROAD
RECAP: SJ 2, CAR 0
CANES STATEMENTS ON DEATH OF SGT. MIKE
VIDEOS
GAME RECAP: SJ 2, CAR 0
HONORING SGT. MIKE
GAMEDAY LINKS
SPORTSOUTH CHANNEL FINDER
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
Though the Canes will not play at home again until after Thanksgiving on Nov. 29, the team will return home for a couple of days of practice after playing in Colorado on Saturday before finishing the trip in Florida and Pittsburgh next week.

After stringing together points in six straight games to begin the month of November, the Canes find themselves in a three-game skid. Snapping the losing streak with a win in Dallas would mark the Hurricanes’ first victory there since Feb. 11, 1996, the franchise’s only win in Dallas since the Stars’ relocation in 1993-94.

Satisfied with their effort out of the gate and their quantity of chances in the last two games, the Hurricanes will be looking to improve on the quality of their shots on net, especially when it comes to generating traffic in front of the net.

“We probably need to make it harder on goaltenders, not only tonight but most nights. Somebody in the blue paint, somebody in the goaltender’s eyes,” head coach Bill Peters said following a 2-0 loss to San Jose in which Carolina peppered rookie goaltender Troy Grosenick with a season-high 45 shots. “We have to find a way to score and have more finish, maybe a greasy one, a deflection or something.”

While the Canes have assembled a winning record in November, the Stars have struggled, losing six of eight games in the month, including their last two games to Minnesota and Chicago by a combined score of 8-3.

Forward Alexander Semin (upper body) and defenseman Jay Harrison (lower body) have each missed the last two games, and both remain in day-to-day situations.

In six career appearances against Dallas, Cam Ward is 2-3-1 with a 3.48 goals-against average. Anton Khudobin, who started against San Jose on Sunday, is 1-1-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average in two career games against the Stars.

NOTES: Jay McClement will play in his 700th career NHL game tonight in Dallas. He has skated in each of the Hurricanes’ 17 games this season, and he’s logged 80 or more games with three different teams in his career – four times with St. Louis, once with Colorado (2011-12) and once with Toronto (2013-14). … Eric Staal is a career point-per-game player against Dallas with 10 points (7g, 3a) in as many games.



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