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Gameday: Lightning vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
November begins with hockey!


This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to this evening’s game between the Tampa Bay Lightning 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 and preview of tonight’s game can be found below. Because of the 5 p.m. puck drop, the Canes will not hold a morning skate, but we’ll be speaking with Canes head coach Bill Peters mid-afternoon.

Last updated: 2:45 p.m.



CANES LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES
2:45 p.m.

Elias Lindholm will warm up with the team and be a game-time decision, according to Canes head coach Bill Peters. He also confirmed that Cam Ward would start in net. Here are a couple of additional nuggets from the bench boss.

On what he saw from Tampa Bay's game last night: "It was a really good. I thought both teams played well. Boston built their game as it went along. Tampa is dangerous and had some O-zone attack time. They have guys who can score and only need one or two chances to light the lamp. We'll have to be tight defensively."

On the importance of jumping on the Lightning early: "We want to get off to a good start and play better as we go. We want to play a complete game, whether it's 60 or 65 minutes. We want to get off to a quality start and keep our foot on the gas."



SOUTH PLAZA PARTY CANCELED
1:30 p.m.

Due to rain, this evening's South Plaza Party has been canceled. The next event is slated for Sunday, Nov. 22 with a 1 p.m. faceoff against the Los Angeles Kings.



CANES PROJECTED LINEUP
6:00 a.m.

Here’s how the Canes lined up in practice on Saturday. This likely will remain unchanged unless forward Elias Lindholm dresses, but he’s considered doubtful for today’s game with a lower-body injury.

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LIGHTNING vs. HURRICANES
Lightning vs. Hurricanes
PNC ARENA | 5 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
CANES RIDE WINNING STREAK INTO NOVEMBER
RECAP: CANES TOP AVS AGAIN
INFOGRAPHIC: CAR 3, COL 2
VIDEOS
RAW: BILL PETERS, 10/31
RAW: JUSTIN FAULK, 10/31
RAW: BRETT PESCE, 10/31
RAW: KRIS VERSTEEG, 10/31
GAMEDAY LINKS
BUY TICKETS
SOUTH PLAZA PARTY
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
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Liles-Pesce
Hanifin-Murphy

Ward
Lack



CANES HOST BOLTS AND LOOK TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK
6:00 a.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes will look to extend their winning streak to four games when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday evening, the second game in a four-game homestand.

The Canes were victors in three consecutive contests to complete October, the most recent being a 3-2 defeat of Colorado at PNC Arena on Friday. In that game, Victor Rask, Justin Faulk and Jeff Skinner found the back of the net, and Cam Ward made his jersey number’s equivalent in saves.

“I think we’ve competed at a real consistent level. I like the way we dug in in Brooklyn. We dug in down one going into the third and found a way. That to me was a very good sign,” head coach Bill Peters said about his team’s last three games. “[Friday] was a tough back-to-back coming off that long trip. It’s kind of a bit of a trap game sometimes, but I thought the guys battled through it and stayed with it.”

This evening’s game marks the first of nine home games for the Hurricanes in November, a stark contrast to their road-heavy October.

“There’s no question we’ve improved, and we know the areas we want to hit on,” Peters said. “We’ve got some things we’ve got to clean up in our game, and if we do that, we’ll become a very good team.”

Puck drop on Sunday for the Lightning will come just 22 hours after they faced off with the Boston Bruins in Tampa Bay. Though the Bolts opened the scoring in the first period on the power play, the Bruins scored three unanswered goals to come away with a 3-1 win. Tampa Bay has now lost four straight games and five of their last six.

Elias Lindholm is listed as doubtful for tonight’s game. The Swedish forward left Friday’s contest after suffering a lower-body injury in the first period. Andrej Nestrasil is expected to draw back into the lineup in his stead.

Defensively, the Canes will ice the same group of six they’ve utilized in the last two games.

“They’ve played well,” Peters said of his defense. “There’s a lefty and a righty in all three pairs, and there’s some good balance to their characteristics and traits. I like all three pairs right now.”

CANESPR NOTES: Justin Faulk is Mr. Power Play for the Hurricanes. He has scored all four of the team’s power-play goals this season, a mark that ranks first among all NHL defenseman and ranks tied for first among all NHL skaters. … Tampa Bay has won nine of the last 11 meetings between the two teams and has outscored the Canes 33-11 in those nine wins.



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

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