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This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to this afternoon’s game between the Edmonton Oilers 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 a preview of today’s game, a 3 p.m. faceoff, can be found below. Because of the early faceoff, the Canes will not hold a morning skate, but we’ll be passing along any and all updates!Last updated: 2:00 p.m.
BEFORE THE FACEOFF2:00 p.m.
Setting the table for today's matinee match-up between the Oilers and Hurricanes!
CANES PROJECTED LINEUP12:00 a.m.
The Hurricanes will roll with a bit of different look today, the most notable change of which is slotting the Staal brothers on separate lines for the first time in around two months.
“I think it’s time. It looks like it’s time. It goes stale with everybody at some point in a season,” head coach Bill Peters said. “We’ve got a real good plan going into tomorrow’s game, and we are going to separate them. We had different lines to start the game, but they lasted 20 minutes yesterday. So how long it goes, I’m not sure, but they’ll definitely start on separate units tomorrow.”
“Alberta boy playing against the Edmonton Oilers. Doesn’t get much better than that,” Peters quipped about the Canes’ starting goaltender.
CANES LOOK TO SPRING FORWARD AGAINST EDMONTON12:00 a.m.
Simply put, the Carolina Hurricanes were not pleased with their effort against the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.
Coming off three days in between games against a team that had played the night prior in D.C., the Hurricanes could not match the Wild’s energy or intensity for much of the 60 minutes.
“Not very good,” head coach Bill Peters said after the game. “We weren’t very good.”
A day later, the Hurricanes addressed the game, a 3-1 loss, and moved on.
“You’ve got to play hungry hockey and be more assertive and aggressive than that,” Peters said after a Saturday practice at Raleigh Center Ice. “You’ve got to be mentally tough. You’ve got to be an everyday-er. Your veterans have to lead the way and show the way for the young guys, and everyone falls in step. We’ve got to get back on track. Hopefully today it started, and hopefully the results will show tomorrow.”
The Canes will host the Edmonton Oilers this afternoon, the second and final meeting between the two teams this season and first since October. The game is the second in a five-game homestand, the first of two in March.
“I think it’s the most important part of the year for our team right now. We’re down to 19 games left, and we have our next four at home,” Peters said. “We should be fresh. We’ve got a great schedule with no back-to-backs. We have an unbelievable opportunity to have a good homestand.”
Looking for some offensive combinations that will provide some spark, Peters plans to split up the Staal brothers. Eric will remain on the wing alongside Victor Rask in the middle and Elias Lindholm opposite. Jordan will center Nathan Gerbe and Andrej Nestrasil.
“I think it’s time. It looks like it’s time. It goes stale with everybody at some point in a season,” Peters said. “We’ve got a real good plan going into tomorrow’s game, and we are going to separate them. We had different lines to start the game, but they lasted 20 minutes yesterday. So how long it goes, I’m not sure, but they’ll definitely start on separate units tomorrow.”
Cam Ward will get the start in net. He is 3-3-1 with a 2.86 goals-against average in seven career appearances against the Oilers.
NOTES: Patrick Dwyer is a game shy of 400 games played in his NHL career. … Jeff Skinner has points in eight of his last 11 games, and he’s posted two separate three-game goal streaks in that stretch. Skinner is an assist shy of 100 in his career.