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Gameday: Flyers vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

With great power comes great responsibility.

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight's opening weekend match-up featuring the Philadelphia Flyers 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.

With the early-evening 5 p.m. puck drop, the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate today, but check back here around lunch and the early afternoon for any and all updates.

Last updated: 4:45 p.m.


BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA TOOLS TO VICTORY
4:45 p.m.

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

Video: Tools to Victory: Flyers vs. Hurricanes


CANES PROJECTED LINEUP
6:00 a.m.

Head coach Bill Peters didn't adjust his lines in Saturday's practice from what he used the night before against New York. He said he plans on using the exact same group of 20.

Skinner-Rask-Stempniak
Nordstrom-Staal-Aho
Teravainen-Lindholm-Di Giuseppe
Bickell-McClement-Stalberg

Hainsey-Faulk
Slavin-Pesce
Hanifin-Dahlbeck

Ward
Lack


CANES CAP OPENING WEEKEND AGAINST FLYERS
6:00 a.m.

On the heels of their 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in their home opener on Friday night, opening weekend rolls along for the Carolina Hurricanes, who host another Metropolitan Division foe in the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday evening.

In Friday's long-awaited home opener, Jeff Skinner scored a near-hat trick with two goals and a primary assist, a shot that was redirected in off the jersey of Bryan Bickell on the power play. That goal turned about to be the difference maker in the Canes' 3-2 win, the Canes' first victory in a home opener since the 2008-09 season.

"It's good to play well at home and get a win. I thought we were solid in a lot of aspects of the game," head coach Bill Peters said after his team practiced on Saturday at PNC Arena. "I thought Wardo was very good and made some timely saves for us. I liked the way we played in the third. We managed the puck properly and continued to be aggressive offensively."

A game-time decision, Skinner was coming off a middle-body injury that held him out of Tuesday's game in Detroit. He's now tied for the team lead in goals (4) and points (9) in his six games played.

"That's a fun one to play in. Wardo was huge for us, especially early," Skinner said after the game. "Coming down the stretch, it was a good job by everyone grinding it out. They have some skilled guys who made a good push, and we were able to hold on for the win."

"Some pieces were moved out, and we needed people to step up. He's definitely a guy who stepped up," Peters said of Skinner and his added leadership component. "He's competitive, he's a goal-scorer and he finds a way to, each and every night, be dangerous around the net."

For the Canes and Flyers, it's a familiar match-up between two teams who met just eight days ago in Philadelphia, and for the Hurricanes' sake, they'll want to be better than they were in that game, a 6-3 loss that capped their first five games of this regular season.

"All of our clips tomorrow in our pre-scout will be head-to-head clips. We don't need to clean anything up from the Rangers game," Peters said on Saturday. "That's going to be comforting for us. We're not talking about what-ifs; you're talking about exact scenarios. We'll be better this time against Philly, and I expect us to build on yesterday's win."

The Hurricanes will ice the same lineup against Philadelphia as they did on Friday against the Rangers, including looking to goaltender Cam Ward in net. Ward made 28 saves on 30 shots in his first win of the season on Friday.

"They were throwing a lot of rubber at the net," Ward said on Friday night. "Right from the get-go, I was feeling very comfortable in the way I was moving. It's always nice to make some early saves and build that confidence throughout the game."

CANESPR NOTES: Victor Rask posted two assists on Friday, extending his point streak to seven games. That ranks tied for second in franchise history for the longest point streak to start the season. Only Ron Francis has a longer streak at 11 games. ... The Hurricanes have won six of the last seven games against the Flyers at PNC Arena, going 6-0-1 in that span.


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