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Gameday: Panthers vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Drop this one in the deep fryer and sprinkle some powdered sugar on top – it’s the last Canes’ home game before the State Fair!


This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight's match-up between the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, photos, videos and more as puck drop draws near.

The Hurricanes will be on the ice at PNC Arena for a 10:30 a.m. morning skate. Check back here for your rinkside updates.

Last updated: 4:00 p.m.



BEFORE THE FACEOFF
4:00 p.m.

Michelle McMahon sets the table for tonight's Panthers-Hurricanes match-up. Hear from both locker rooms, with soundbites from Canes head coach Bill Peters, Panthers forward Shawn Thornton and more.




IN THE ROOM
2:30 p.m.

Michelle McMahon goes inside the Canes locker room after the morning skate to speak with goaltender Eddie Lack and forward Victor Rask.





PREGAME QUOTES
11:45 a.m.

Head coach Bill Peters spoke with the media after this morning's skate and looked ahead to tonight's match-up.

On tonight's game: "We want to get off to a real good start and sustain that start. ... I thought we had a good skate this morning, and now we’ve got to get ready to play."

On the keys to victory: "Execution. They’ve got a skilled team. ... They move the puck well. They transition, and they play quick. We’re going to have to play at a good pace and hang onto it offensively. I think there are times we can have the puck more through the neutral zone instead of giving it up."

On Eddie Lack making his first start of the season: "He’s excited, and the guys are excited to play in front of him. He’s a good teammate, and they want to play hard in front of him. I expect us to be doing good things all over the ice in all three zones, and I think Eddie will be more than solid. He was good in the preseason, and I’m glad we’re able to get him in as soon as we have."




CANES PROJECTED LINEUP
6:00 a.m.

Here’s how the Canes lined up in practice on Monday and, barring any last-minute changes, projects to be the lineup they’ll dress against Florida.

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With Riley Nash out of the lineup for an expected 10-14 days, Elias Lindholm will center the third line with Jeff Skinner and Chris Terry flanking.

“It’s probably the best move we can make to give us experience in the middle. Lindy has played in the middle for us before, so he’s comfortable going there,” head coach Bill Peters said after Monday’s practice. “And it’s less disruptive to the other lines. Steeger has been with Rasker and Staalsy at different points in the preseason, so he’ll go back there. I like our lines. I like the way we played the other day, and these lines give us a real good chance to be successful tomorrow.”

PANTHERS vs. HURRICANES
Panthers vs. Hurricanes
PNC ARENA | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
MIXED BAG OF INJURY NEWS FOR CANES
BIEGA REASSIGNED TO CHARLOTTE
VIDEOS
RAW: BILL PETERS, 10/12
RAW: JEFF SKINNER, 10/12
GAMEDAY LINKS
BUY TICKETS
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
Hainsey-Faulk
Liles-Jordan
Hanifin-Murphy

Defensive pairs remain unchanged. Danny Biega was returned to Charlotte after Saturday’s home opener.

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Eddie Lack will make his Hurricanes regular-season debut.

“It’s exciting for him,” Peters said. “I know he’s looking forward to it, and I know we’ll play hard in front of him.”



CANES SEARCHING FOR FIRST WIN OF SEASON
6:00 a.m.

Two games in to the 2015-16 regular season, the Carolina Hurricanes remain in search of their first victory.

But though the results haven’t been there, the team is overall pleased with the process – four-sixths of it, at least.

“It’s a process. The process that we’ve undertaken has been pretty good,” head coach Bill Peters explained after practice Monday. “Our start in Nashville, we were nervous for whatever reason and on our heels a little bit but then played well over the next 40 [minutes]. Had a good 40 minutes the other night (Saturday), and then our gaps changed.”

Both familiar one-goal decisions, the Hurricanes fell 2-1 in Nashville and 4-3 to Detroit. In the latter, the Canes carried a 2-1 lead into the third period. Detroit then scored three straight en route to their second straight victory.

Tonight’s opponent is the Florida Panthers, an old Southeast Division foe that swept the season series last year, shutting out the Canes twice. The Panthers ushered in the 2015-16 season with a 7-1 shellacking of Philadelphia on Saturday night, but the Flyers rebounded to blank the Cats 1-0 on Monday night. According to postgame reports, goaltender Al Montoya is expected to start for Florida.

“They’re deep. They’re very good in transition, a young team with a lot of skill,” Peters said. “I like their team. It’s a young team on the rise.”

Opposite, Eddie Lack will start his first regular-season game as a member of the Hurricanes. In 136 minutes over three games of preseason action, Lack posted a 2.21 goals-against average and .932 save percentage.

“It’s exciting for him,” Peters said. “I know he’s looking forward to it, and I know we’ll play hard in front of him.”

In other lineup news, Riley Nash is expected to miss 10-14 days with a shoulder injury. Elias Lindholm will play at his natural position of center in his stead. With Jeff Skinner and Chris Terry at his sides, the hope is that the Canes’ third line should be able to generate some offense.

“They’re good players. They’re offensive players who should spend time in the offensive zone,” Peters said. “Lindy has got a good two-way game, and he’s an all-around good player. He’s responsible defensively, he’ll get the puck up to those guys and then it’s up to them to make some plays and spend some time in the O-zone.”

Tonight’s contest marks the Canes’ final home game before a series of seven straight on the road while the State Fair rolls into town. A win in front of the home crowd before eventually heading out West and getting that seemingly elusive first one out of the way would be nice.

“Tomorrow’s game is going to be the most important game of the year, right? And then we play on Friday, and that’s the most important game of the year. They’re all important,” Peters said Monday. “We want to play well, and we want to play for 60 minutes. We should be able to do that.”

CANESPR NOTES: Since moving into PNC Arena in 1999, the Canes have a 30-8-4 home record against Florida. … Jussi Jokinen, who played 288 games with the Hurricanes, is also a point-per-game producer against his former club with 17 points (7g, 10a) in as many games.



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

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