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Gameday: Ducks 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 you need to know for tonight's cross-conference match-up between the Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes. Make Hurricanes.com a regular stop throughout the day, as we update this hub with notes, videos, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

It's an early-evening 5 p.m. puck drop tonight at PNC Arena, so the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate. We'll speak with head coach Bill Peters this afternoon, and your gameday-centric updates will be right here, as always.

Last updated: 4:35 p.m.


CANES LINES: WARM-UPS
4:35 p.m.

Here's how the Canes lined up in warm-ups this afternoon.

Aho-Staal-Lindholm
Teravainen-Rask-Williams
Skinner-Ryan-Kuokkanen
Nordstrom-Kruger-McGinn

Slavin-Pesce
Hanifin-Faulk
Fleury-van Riemsdyk

Darling
Ward

If this lineup holds, Josh Jooris and Klas Dahlbeck will be the healthy scratches for the Canes.


TERAVAINEN A GAME-TIME DECISION, KUOKKANEN TO PLAY
3:25 p.m.

Teuvo Teravainen (upper body) remains a game-time decision, according to head coach Bill Peters. Teravainen skated this morning and "felt pretty good," Peters said. He'll take warm-ups with the rest of the team, and a decision on his status will be made afterward.

"I'm thinking he's going to go," an optimistic Peters said. "We're going to give it a whirl."

Regardless of whether Teravainen plays, Janne Kuokkanen will draw into the Canes' lineup today for the first time since Oct. 14.

"We're going to have to make a decision here at some point with him to get him playing … games," Peters said. "Playing sporadically is not the answer. We know that."

Here's one more nugget from the head coach.

On executing, especially at home where the team has scored just a goal in each of its last three games: "We've got to get going. We've got to execute better. Our execution level, whether we've been at home or on the road, hasn't been where we'd like it. We can execute better with the puck, support each other better with the puck and be heavier on the puck in the offensive zone."


BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA TOOLS TO VICTORY
1:35 p.m.

TV's Mike Maniscalco details today's battle plan in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina three Tools to Victory.

Video: Tools to Victory: ANA vs CAR


CANES CLOSE OUT OCTOBER AGAINST DUCKS
12:00 a.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes' 10-game October slate ends this evening when the Anaheim Ducks make their first and only appearance of the season at PNC Arena.

Coming into the game at 4-4-1 (nine points), the Hurricanes have an opportunity to finish the first month of the 2017-18 regular season over .500 for the first time since 2008 (5-2-2), the season in which the Canes last qualified for postseason play.

"I think we're in a good rhythm. We've played real good teams," head coach Bill Peters said after a brief skate on Saturday. "They're all one-goal games, and that's the way it's going to be when two good teams play. We just have to make more plays and make the big play when it matters."

Six (seven if you want to consider the game against Tampa Bay less than a week ago that was 2-1 until empty-net goals unraveled things late) of the Canes' first nine contests were decided by just a goal, including the team's 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.

That was a contest that was 1-1 heading into the final period. The Blues scored the game-winning goal on the shift after the Canes' failed to convert on the game's sole power play.

"What we can't do is have this develop into a pattern of not getting points when tied after two. We need to rectify that. You need to bank at least one," Justin Williams said after the game. "We need to learn - and we haven't done it yet - to win 1-0, 2-1. We haven't won those games yet."

"I thought we got through the first and didn't give up much. We started to build a game in the second. We were coming and had some real good looks," Peters said. "I thought when we started to ice the puck we wore ourselves out. … We made it hard to make a push in the third."

The big question mark for the Hurricanes heading into Sunday evening's game is the status of Teuvo Teravainen, who left Friday's game early in the second period and did not return due to an upper-body injury. Teravainen, who ranks tied for third in team scoring, didn't practice on Saturday.

"I think he's going to give it a try at 9:30 tomorrow. Maintenance day, and then he'll be a game-time decision," Peters said on Saturday. "It shouldn't be anything serious. I hope to have him."

If Teravainen is unable to play, Janne Kuokkanen will draw back into the lineup for the first time since Oct. 14 in Winnipeg.

"He's a skilled guy," Peters said of the 19-year-old winger. "Very confident in his abilities."

Scott Darling, who is 10-1-4 with a 1.53 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and one shutout against the Pacific Division in his career, will get the start in net.

CANESPR NOTES: The Hurricanes didn't record a penalty against the Blues on Friday. They had five such games in the 2016-17 season. The Canes pace the league in fewest penalty minutes per game (5:45) so far this season. … The Canes have not allowed a power-play goal in their last five games against the Ducks, dating back to Feb. 2015.


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