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Gameday: Oilers vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Happy Thanksgiving (Eve)!


This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s cross-conference match-up 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 preview of tonight’s game can be found below. The Canes will be on the ice at PNC Arena at 10:30 a.m. for their morning skate. Check back here then for rinkside updates.

Last updated: 4:45 p.m.



BEFORE THE FACEOFF
4:45 p.m.

Michelle McMahon sets the (Thanksgiving) table for tonight's match-up between the Oilers and Hurricanes.




HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN-MICHAEL LILES!
12:15 p.m.

Hurricanes defenseman and team elder statesman John-Michael Liles turned 35 today, something his teammates ensured wouldn't go unnoticed.






PETERS PREGAME
11:45 a.m.

Head coach Bill Peters met with the gathered media after the team's morning skate at PNC Arena. Here's a sampling of what he discussed.

On his team's progression a quarter of the way through the season: "Our buy-in is right there. We're right where we need to be. We had a homestand where we had some leads we didn't finish off. ... Disappointing in that, but we need to learn and get better. There is still lots of hockey left. 61 games left. You look at the wild card and the standings, and it's only five points. It's still tight, and I'm glad it's as tight as it is. We believe we're still in it, and we need to get a good run put together."

On if tonight's game will resemble last year's high-scoring contests: "I hope not, to be honest with you. I think if it gets to be a track meet and a very high score, it probably doesn't favor us right now. They're very good in transition, so if we fuel their transition game, we'll be in trouble. We've got to manage the puck properly, and I expect Wardo to be outstanding in the net."

On the team's young defense: "We've got some young D-men in our lineup, and they're all playing well. ... We don't hide them. We play them. Right now we've got two kids playing together. It's not a situation where we feel like we have to worry about the match-ups too much. At home, obviously, it's a little bit easier. We have a lot of confidence in them, and we show the confidence in them by putting them out on the ice."

On the loss of Nathan Gerbe for 4-6 weeks: "It gives an opportunity to some other guys. Malone has come into the lineup and done a good job. He's been physical but played very intelligently in his last three games. It gives a guy like Chris Terry an opportunity to play. ... It opens up opportunities ... and we'll just watch and see who takes advantage of it."

On what the Canes will be without in Gerbe's absence: "We'll miss him. Anytime you take a guy out of your lineup that's an everyday player, you miss him. It has a little trickle down effect, but I think we can fill those spots."

On the play of Cam Ward: "We need to get him a little more run support, both him and Eddie. He's been very good."




CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
10:30 a.m.

Here's how the Hurricanes lined up in this morning's skate.

E. Staal-Rask-Lindholm
Nordstrom-J. Staal-Nestrasil
Skinner-Nash-Versteeg
Malone-McClement-Terry

Hainsey-Faulk
Liles-Pesce
Hanifin-Slavin

Ward
Lack

Michal Jordan looks to be the healthy extra on defense.

Ryan Murphy skated with the Canes for the first time today since suffering a concussion on Nov. 14. He sported a yellow, no-contact sweater, the latest step in his progression through the protocol.

Unsigned free agent Tim Gleason also continues to skate with the Canes.



OILERS COME TO TOWN FOR THANKSGIVING EVE MATCH-UP
6:00 a.m.

In their last game before Thanksgiving, the Carolina Hurricanes host the Edmonton Oilers in their lone visit to PNC Arena this season.

OILERS vs. HURRICANES
Oilers vs. Hurricanes
PNC ARENA | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
GERBE TO BE PLACED ON IR
RECAP: CANES FIGHT BACK TO EARN POINT
INFOGRAPHIC: PHI 3, CAR 2 (OT)
VIDEOS
SIT-DOWN WITH ROD BRIND'AMOUR
GAMEDAY LINKS
BUY TICKETS
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
In last year’s season series, the home team won either game, two of the most high-scoring contests the Canes were involved in during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Hurricanes traveled to Edmonton on Oct. 24, 2014 and dropped a 6-3 decision, despite answering an Oilers’ tally with one of their own thrice before the home team pulled away in the latter half of the third period.

When the two teams faced off in Raleigh on March 8, the Hurricanes stormed back to overcome at 3-0 deficit and potted a season-high seven goals. Elias Lindholm netted his first-career hat trick, and Jeff Skinner scored twice en route to the team’s 7-4 win.

Tonight is the first time the two teams will meet in the 2015-16 season and the Canes’ final home game in the month of November. Winners of just one of their last five games, the Oilers rank last in the Pacific Division with 15 points (7-13-1). The Hurricanes have posted points in five of their last six games, but just one of those games was a victory; after topping Los Angeles 4-3 on Sunday, the Hurricanes fought back with a two-goal third period in Philadelphia on Monday to earn a point in a 3-2 overtime loss.

Victor Rask and Brett Pesce found the scoresheet for Carolina in Philadelphia. Pesce’s second goal in as many games evened the score at two in the final five minutes of play. The rookie defenseman has two goals and an assist in his last two games.

“The boys played a really, really solid third,” said Eddie Lack, who made 33 saves on 36 shots. “We're proud of coming back like that, but for sure we wanted two points. We'll take the one and move on.”

At 7-10-4 and 18 points, the Canes find themselves in the bottom half of the Metropolitan Division and facing an uphill climb in the playoff picture.

“We have three points in our last two games, which is obviously good for our confidence and momentum,” Pesce said after Monday’s game against the Flyers. “We played the best in the third period, and we can carry that into the next game.”

The Hurricanes placed forward Nathan Gerbe on injured reserve Tuesday. Gerbe left Sunday’s game against Los Angeles with a lower-body injury, and the team is expecting to be without his services for four to six weeks.

CANESPR NOTES: Justin Faulk, who leads the league in power-play goals (8), has points (3g, 4a) in six straight games. … Defenseman Andrej Sekera, who played in 131 games with the Hurricanes, will make his return to PNC Arena tonight with the Oilers.



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

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