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Gameday: Jets vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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November has been a pretty solid month for the Hurricanes. Next, can they ground the Jets?

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 line combinations, roster notes, videos, photos and more as the day rolls on.

A quick preview of tonight’s game and a projected lineup can be found below. We’ll have additional roster reports and updates from the Canes’ morning skate, which is slated for 10:30 a.m. at PNC Arena.



BEFORE THE FACEOFF

Amber Jaye sets the table for tonight's match-up between the Canes and Jets.




INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM WITH STAAL AND PETERS

Eric Staal on what he would like to do on the wing tonight: "I hope we win, that's first and foremost. You want to contribute at both ends of the rink. I think we've got a good balance. ... I'm looking to play the same style of game. Use my size and skating ability and hopefully touch a lot of pucks."

Bill Peters on moving Staal to the right side: "We think Victor is a guy who can make plays on his forehand and get it over to the right side. Staalsy can, with wide speed, turn the corner, get to the net and be dangerous on the rush. We like that line. Jiri Tlusty is a very good player, and all three guys are playing well right now, and we think that could be a very dangerous line in multiple areas tonight."

Staal on the differences of playing wing: "At the wing, you need to be postionally sound. You have to be smart about where your defenseman is, and you need to communicate with your center. ... At the end of the day, once you're attacking the net, it's the same game. That's what I'm looking forward to."

Staal on Rask: "He seems to be playing with a lot of confidence, controlling pucks and making the little plays, those give-and-go-type plays. That’s my kind of player. Someone who doesn’t hang onto it, moves the puck, moves his feet and gets open. He’s done that real well this whole season so far."



REPLAY: STORM SURGE

Miss today's live coverage of the Hurricanes morning skate? You can watch the replay below!




CANES LINEUP

There were a few slight alterations to the forward lines in Thursday's morning skate.

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

Most notably, Eric Staal moves from the left side to the right side, a strategic move to place him on center Victor Rask's forehand.

"Staalsy can, with wide speed, turn the corner, get to the net and be dangerous on the rush," head coach Bill Peters said. "We like that line."

Additionally, Brad Malone will center Zach Boychuk and Patrick Dwyer, with Chris Terry sitting out as the extra forward.

Sekera-Faulk
Harrison-Gleason
Hainsey-Liles

Ward
Khudobin

The lineup remained consistent on defense and in net, with Brett Bellemore sitting out as the seventh defenseman.



CANES PROJECTED LINEUP

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

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Sekera-Faulk
Harrison-Gleason
Hainsey-Liles

Ward
Khudobin

Brad Malone is expected to be the healthy extra up front. Brett Bellemore missed Monday’s game with an upper-body injury, and even though he may be cleared to play tonight, Peters might opt not to make any adjustments on defense.

“He’s close, but for me, there was some rust. We’ll see if he’s cleared to play, and if he is, then we’ll sit down and make a decision,” Peters said. “I didn’t mind our D … the other night, so at this point it would be tough to make a decision to put him back in.”

Cam Ward has started in five of the Canes’ six games in November, and he gets the nod again tonight.



STREAKING CANES HOST ROAD-TRIPPING JETS

Just as the Carolina Hurricanes worked their way through Western Canada a few weeks ago, the Winnipeg Jets currently in the middle of a five-game road trip of their own which takes them through Raleigh tonight.

The Canes have earned 11 of a possible 12 points thus far in November, stringing together a four-game winning streak and a still-active six-game point streak. Much like Monday’s game versus Calgary, a different Canes team faced Winnipeg in mid-October, a 3-1 loss in the midst of an eight-game winless streak.

“{When you’re winning] it becomes a little easier to sell your plan, and guys are doing good things. The room stayed strong throughout. People don’t believe that, I don’t think in all honesty, but it did. The guys are good guys. They believed in what they were doing,” head coach Bill Peters said after a Wednesday practice. “We had one bad performance on the road, and we weren’t happy about that, but they knew that. To a man, we talked about bouncing back playing head-to-head against that team (Calgary), and we had a good result the second time. We’ve got to stay with the plan and continue to develop an identity.”

The Jets have also fared well in November, assembling a 4-1-1 record. After tallying points in five straight games, Winnipeg was blanked 3-0 in Montreal on Tuesday night. While Winnipeg has won six of the last eight meetings between the two clubs, Carolina is 20-15-5 all-time at home against the franchise.

As was the case for much of the game on Monday night and in practice on Wednesday, Eric Staal is expected to play left wing with Victor Rask in the middle and Jiri Tlusty opposite.

“[Staal] is a big strong guy who plays North-South and wants to work. I think it will be effective here in the short term and possibly long-term, allowing him to drive the net and play more of a power-forward type game and be strong on pucks in the offensive zone,” Peters said. “Victor has been a good player that is responsible in all three zones, and I think he’s going to have the ability to get him the puck.”

The Canes will ride the hot hand in net, giving the nod to Cam Ward, who has posted five straight victories. In that stretch, he has recorded a 1.39 goals-against average, a .946 save percentage and one shutout.

“He’s been hot,” Peters said. “We’ve talked about having a No. 1 guy, and it looks like he’s emerged as that guy.”

NOTES: Jeff Skinner has points (2g, 2a) in three straight games. He scored his 100th career NHL goal on Monday night against Calgary. … Alexander Semin has assists in three straight games, and he is just one point shy of 500 career NHL points. Semin is nearly a career point-per-game player against the Winnipeg franchise, posting 43 points (22g, 21a) in 44 games. … The Canes will be wearing their black third uniform set for the third time this season. They are 2-0-0 this season and 43-28-6 all-time in the alternate threads.



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