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Gameday: Kings vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Sunday afternoon hockey: coming up!


This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to today’s game featuring the Los Angeles Kings 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.

A projected lineup for the Canes and a preview of today’s game can be found below. Because of the early-afternoon 1 p.m. faceoff, neither team will hold a morning skate, but we’ll be passing along any and all updates right here as always.

Last updated: 12:45 p.m.



CANES LINES: WARM-UPS
12:45 p.m.

Based on warm-ups, it looks like the Hurricanes with roll with a different look in today's game against the Kings. Here's what we saw.

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Nordstrom-J. Staal-Nestrasil
Skinner-Nash-Versteeg
Gerbe-McClement-Malone

Liles-Faulk
Hainsey-Pesce
Hanifin-Slavin

Cam Ward is the starter in net.



BEFORE THE FACEOFF
11:00 a.m.

Michelle McMahon sets the table for today's matinee faceoff between the Kings and Canes!




CANES PROJECTED LINEUP
12:00 a.m.

Head coach Bill Peters said after practice Saturday that he expects to ice the same lineup that skated in Friday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs.

“I think we played well, so I think it will stay the same,” he said. “We’ll see. Things change from now until 1:00.”

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Nordstrom-J. Staal-Nash
Skinner-Rask-Lindholm
Gerbe-McClement-Malone

KINGS vs. HURRICANES
Kings vs. Hurricanes
PNC ARENA | 1 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
RECAP: CANES GRAB POINT IN SHOOTOUT LOSS
INFOGRAPHIC: TOR 2, CAR 1 (SO)
VIDEOS
POSTGAME QUOTES: NOV. 20 vs. TOR
GAMEDAY LINKS
BUY TICKETS
SOUTH PLAZA PARTY
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
Slavin-Faulk
Hainsey-Pesce
Hanifin-Liles

Ward
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Jordan Staal received a maintenance day Saturday after feeling the ill effects of blocking a shot Friday night, but he is expected to be in the lineup. Peters confirmed that Cam Ward will be the starting goaltender.

Forward Andrej Nestrasil and defenseman Michal Jordan are expected to be healthy scratches.



CANES CLOSE OUT HOMESTAND AGAINST KINGS
12:00 a.m.

A five-game homestand will conclude Sunday afternoon when the Carolina Hurricanes host the Los Angeles Kings in a matinee puck drop.

The Hurricanes have earned three of a possible eight points (0-1-3) in the first four games of their season-long homestand. Friday night, the Canes held a 1-0 lead late in the third period until the Maple Leafs drew the score even with a power-play goal. The game was decided in the Canes’ first shootout of the season, with Joffrey Lupul scoring the difference-maker.

"We had some good looks and some good chances but found a way to lose again. It’s something we’re going to have to figure out," Kris Versteeg said after the game. "If we could find a way to win these thirds, we’d actually be in a really good position right now. This is something we’ve got to keep focusing on."

Defenseman Jaccob Slavin make his NHL debut against Toronto, logging 13:30 of ice time, a shot and two blocked shots.

“He looked a little nervous early, which is understandable, but I thought he settled right in,” head coach Bill Peters said. “We didn’t give up a 5-on-5 goal in the game with those young D. I thought our D played well. We didn’t give up a bunch of chances, and some of the chances we did give up were more the result of forwards being a little over-anxious. I thought our D, as a corps, played well, and I thought he was good and got better as the game went along.”

Three of the Canes’ six defensemen dressed Friday were rookies, Slavin obviously included, and all six were American-born, a first in franchise history. Peters said after practice Saturday that he expects to keep his lineup constant.

“I think we played well, so I think it will stay the same,” he said. “We’ll see. Things change from now until 1:00.”

After hosting a five-game homestand of their own, the Kings hit the road for five straight, and this afternoon’s game marks the third in that set. Los Angeles has won three of its last four games but was bested 3-2 by Detroit on Friday night.

The Canes and Kings first met this season in Los Angeles on Oct. 23, a 3-0 shutout victory for the home team. Jonathan Quick made 40 saves in the 38th shutout of his career.

“They have a very good and physical back-end and good goaltending,” Peters said in his assessment of the opponents. “Generating grade-A opportunities will be at a premium, and then the ability to finish them off.”

Cam Ward will get the nod in net for the Hurricanes, his second straight start and second appearance against the Kings this season. He stopped 25 of 28 shots in Los Angeles last month.

CANESPR NOTES: The Hurricanes are 5-2-2 against the Kings at PNC Arena since the building opened in 1999. Additionally, the Canes have earned at least a point in five of the last six meetings between the two teams in Raleigh, going 4-1-1 in that stretch. … Victor Rask will skate in his 100th game on Sunday.



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

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