Fresh off their first victory of the season on Saturday night – a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes – the Canes are looking to make it two straight.
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A quick preview of tonight’s game, which is an early 5 p.m. faceoff, can be found below. Neither the Canes nor Kings will hold a morning skate, but check back here throughout the day for more!
BEFORE THE FACEOFF
You'll see this in the building tonight, as always, but here it is early, as we set the table for Kings vs. Canes.
CANES LINEUP NOTES
Head coach Bill Peters said the Hurricanes' lineup would remain the same tonight, and Cam Ward will be getting his second straight start in goal. Alexander Semin and John-Michael Liles will again be the healthy extras.
As a refresher, here's how the Canes' lineup shook out last night.
"You want to reward the guys who got it done, and that's why the lineup stays the same," Peters said. "We were a quicker lineup and a harder-working, honest lineup. That's what we were. Everything unfolded because of those two things."
THIS AND THAT
The Carolina Hurricanes are 4-2-2 against Los Angeles at PNC Arena since the building opened in 1999. Meanwhile, the Kings are currently 0-2-1 on a five-game road trip that has taken them through Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Detroit.
Kings forward Jordan Nolan was suspended two games by the NHL following his board on Darren Helm in Detroit on Friday. After missing the last three games with an upper-body injury, forward Anze Kopitar is expected to return to the lineup for the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
With neither team skating this morning, we likely won't have any additional roster notes until warm-ups.
RELIVE LAST NIGHT
A new month ushered in new results, as the Canes posted a 3-0 win, their first of the season, over the Arizona Coyotes. Elias Lindholm scored twice and Jiri Tlusty added another, his team-leading sixth goal of the season. Cam Ward made 25 saves in his 22nd career shutout.
Here's all of that in four minutes and 30 seconds.
CANES HOST DEFENDING CHAMPS
Riding high on their first win of the 2014-15 regular season, it's a quick turnaround for the Carolina Hurricanes, as they look to make it two in a row when the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings come to town for a 5 p.m. faceoff.
And head coach Bill Peters is just fine with the back-to-back scenario.
"Perfect," he said with a smile after Saturday's win. "I think it’s great.”
Already one-for-one in the month of November, the Canes are hoping that win No. 1 will be the one that leads to many more.
"It’s a huge relief. Obviously, this is what we’re striving toward – to win hockey games," Cam Ward said after Saturday's game. "As tough as it is to stick with it, the guys stuck with it today and got rewarded.”
"I’m happy for the guys," said Peters, who was awarded the game puck for his first victory as an NHL bench boss. "They worked hard. You saw tonight how hard they worked.”
Ward earned the 22nd shutout of his career and his first since March 27, 2012 by stopping all 25 shots he faced against Arizona on Saturday.
"You play this game trying not to be scored on," he said. "To get a shutout is a huge bonus, and it definitely feels good. But any goaltender will tell you that you can’t do it without your teammates.”
Alexander Semin and John-Michael Liles were healthy extras on Saturday night. Peters wouldn't commit to any lineup changes for Sunday evening.
"I want competitive players. I want to compete, and I want to play with speed. I thought we had speed tonight. I knew with Gerbe and Patty Dwyer coming in, that would give us more speed," he said. "If you’re not going to move your feet and work and play, it doesn’t matter who you are. If you put your skill in front of your will and your ability to work, it’s tough way to make a living.”
NOTES: The Canes are 4-2-2 in eight games against Los Angeles at PNC Arena since the building opened in 1999. ... Seven of the last nine meetings between the two teams have been decided by one goal, including the Kings' 2-1 shootout win last season.