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Gameday: Devils vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to this evening's Hockey Fights Cancer night match-up between the New Jersey Devils 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.

In a back-to-back situation with a 6 p.m. faceoff, the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate today, but you can find any and all gameday updates right here.

Last updated: 5:05 p.m.


BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA TOOLS TO VICTORY
5:05 p.m.

Mike Maniscalco presents tonight's Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina three Tools to Victory.

Video: Tools To Victory: Devils vs. Hurricanes


LACK STARTS IN NET FOR THE CANES
3:55 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters spoke briefly with the media at PNC Arena this afternoon. As planned before the weekend, Eddie Lack will get the start in net. Peters said there will be no other lineup changes.

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Here's more from the head coach.

On last night's win in Nashville: "We were resilient. I look at the fact in our last two games we played well. Got a point in Ottawa and two points in Nashville, so now you've got three out of four points. You're coming home and have a chance to build some momentum. That's what we want to do here tonight."

On cleaning up defensive mistakes made in last night's first period: "It's just puck management, decisions with the puck and putting the puck in tough spots. That can be fixed."

On divisional match-ups: "You need to look after things in regulation, for sure, if you're ever going to make up any ground. That's the position we find ourselves in. We have the same opponent in back-to-back games here, and it starts at home tonight. It's a very good opportunity in front of us."


CANES LOOK TO HOLD DEVILS WINLESS ON ROAD
8:00 a.m.

Less than 24 hours after securing the extra point in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators, the Carolina Hurricanes get back at it at PNC Arena against the New Jersey Devils in their first of 16 back-to-back sets of the season.

The Hurricanes' win on Saturday in Nashville was the team's third victory of the season and first in their first shootout. It was also the first time this season that the Canes have claimed two points after trailing heading into the third period.

Down 2-1 in the third and on the man disadvantage, Ron Hainsey scored the first shorthanded goal of his career to draw the score even and eventually force overtime. Jaccob Slavin, the Canes' third shooter in the skills competition, scored the lone and deciding goal in the shootout. At the other end of the ice, Cam Ward stopped all three shooters he saw, in addition to the 25 saves on 27 shots he made in 65 minutes of work.

"Once we got ourselves moving … and in their zone, we were really, really effective," Hainsey said. "We really took over in the second and third period for the most part."

"We knew that they were going to come out hard. As long as we could weather the storm and regroup in the first intermission, that was key," Ward said. "I thought we did that, and we played much better as the game went along. It feels very good to get that extra point in the shootout."

Of their first 10 games of the season, seven have been decided by just a goal, with four of those requiring either overtime or a shootout to decide a winner. With Saturday's win, the Hurricanes now own a 2-2-3 record in one-goal games this season.

"You've got to step up and make a big play in close games, and that's what happened on the penalty kill," head coach Bill Peters said of Hainsey's goal. "That's a huge play right there. Now you know you've got a point out of it, and you go to overtime looking for the other point."

"You've got to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. It's fun to be in those situations where you've got a chance to win," Ward said. "You try to come up with the big play. You saw that with Ron Hainsey jumping in on the shorthanded goal. That changes the whole dynamic of the game when you score a shorthanded goal to tie it up. It gave us momentum, and it gave us life."

The Devils were also in action on Saturday night. They dropped a 4-1 decision to the Lightning in Tampa Bay and fell to 4-3-3 (11 points) on the season. New Jersey is winless in five road games this season. Keith Kinkaid is expected to be the Devils' starting goaltender.

CANESPR NOTES: A night after Lee Stempniak played in his 800th career NHL game, Jordan Staal will play in his 700th. … Jeff Skinner ranks third in the league in points per game (1.33) among skaters who have played in at least five games.


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