This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game featuring the Winnipeg Jets and Carolina Hurricanes in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, videos, photos and more as puck drop draws near.
The Hurricanes will be on the ice at PNC Arena for a 10:30 a.m. morning skate, and we’ll be there to bring you rinkside updates. In the meantime, a preview of tonight’s game can be found below.Last updated: 1:40 p.m.
NORDSTROM'S 100th1:40 p.m.
Joakim Nordstrom will skate in his 100th career NHL game tonight. Hear from the 23-year-old Swedish forward below.
PETERS: PREGAME11:45 a.m.
Head coach Bill Peters met with the media after the morning skate, as is the routine. Among other items, he provided updates on the two Canes' injuries: Justin Faulk is "real close" to returning and Cam Ward could travel with the team to Ottawa. Faulk won't play tonight, but Peters expects him to practice again tomorrow. The team is "being smart" with Ward's injury, Peters said.
Here's more of what was discussed.On how much he takes out of first meeting with Winnipeg on Feb. 5:
"Not a lot, really. Coming out of that All-Star break, it's so hard. The first two games we played coming out of that break were a little uncharacteristic for us. The recent games are a more true indication of how both teams play."On what's driving the team's recent success:
"We've played with good pace. Our young D have been good. With Faulk out, we've had to shuffle the deck a little bit there, and they've played well together."On Eric Staal's status with the approaching trade deadline:
"Zero distraction. We met in training camp, and he's got a full no-move (clause). So who's in charge? Simple as that. I play him 20 minutes a night. He plays well in all situations and we'll keep doing that. It's real simple."
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE10:30 a.m.
Justin Faulk joined the Hurricanes at their morning skate today, but it doesn't appear he's ready to draw back into the lineup just yet. Here were the lines the Canes worked with, which are unchanged from Saturday.
Versteeg-E. Staal-Di Giuseppe
Daniel Altshuller was recalled this morning from Charlotte. Cam Ward is dealing with a lower-body concern that manifested itself in the second period of Saturday's game.
We'll have more from inside the room in just a bit.
CANES CLOSE OUT SEASON SERIES VS. JETS6:00 a.m.
In the span of 12 days, the Carolina Hurricanes will have played the entirety of their two-game season series against the Winnipeg Jets.
The two teams met for the first time this season on Feb. 5 in Winnipeg. It was the Hurricanes’ second game following a weeklong All-Star layoff. They emerged 5-3 victors after a four-goal first period gave them a sizeable cushion.
Head coach Bill Peters believes his squad is better a week-and-a-half later.
“They’ll play better and we’ll play better,” he said after Monday’s practice. “That was coming out of the All-Star break. That’s a different time when you take all those days off and you’re just hoping, more than anything. Right now, we kind of know how we’re playing and we know what to expect.”
Since that victory in Winnipeg, the team has grabbed points in three consecutive games, dropping shootout decisions to Montreal and Pittsburgh, games in which they only found the back of the net once, and then trouncing the Islanders 6-3.
As of Monday night, the Hurricanes sit four points out of the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Jets, though ranking next-to-last in the Western Conference, are 5-0-1 in their last six road games.
“I think it’ll be a real good game. They’re a good road team,” Peters said. “We’ll have our work cut out for us, but it’s that time of the year. Points are hard to come by, and you’ve got to play good to get them.”
The Hurricanes are dealing with a pair of injuries to key players. Justin Faulk suffered a lower-body injury in practice on Thursday. He missed the team’s weekend slate of games and didn’t skate Monday, but Peters expects him back on the ice Tuesday.
“And then we’ll go from there,” he said.
Ward, meanwhile, did some work with goaltending coach David Marcoux prior to Monday’s practice but did not participate beyond that.
“I don’t know,” Peters said of Ward’s status. “That’s probably a little more doubtful.”CANESPR NOTES:
Andrej Nestrasil has scored goals in two straight games with his mom and grandma in town for their first NHL games. They are scheduled to return home to the Czech Republic on Wednesday. “As of now. We’ll see about that,” Peters joked when he heard about this. “Wednesday, July 17.” … Joakim Nordstrom is expected to skate in his 100th career NHL game tonight.
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