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Gameday: Hurricanes at Devils

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

SHORT HILLS, N.J. - "Let's get it tomorrow!"

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information you need to know for tonight's Metropolitan Division match-up between the Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils. Make Hurricanes.com a regular stop throughout the day, as we update this hub with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

On the second half of a back-to-back with travel, the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate. Episode 35 of CanesCast will drop in the early afternoon to whet your whistle before we chat with head coach Bill Peters in the evening.

Last updated: 6:35 p.m.


CANES LINES: WARM-UPS
6:35 p.m.

Just one change to the Hurricanes' forward lines tonight: Lee Stempniak replaces Joakim Nordstrom. Familiar combinations everywhere else. Scott Darling starts in net.

McGinn-Staal-Williams
Skinner-Lindholm-Di Giuseppe
Zykov-Aho-Teravainen
Foegele-Ryan-Stempniak

Slavin-Dahlbeck
Hanifin-van Riemsdyk
Fleury-McKeown

Darling
Ward

Puck drop in New Jersey happens in 30 minutes!

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STEMPNIAK BACK IN, DARLING STARTS IN NET
5:15 p.m.

Lee Stempniak will draw back into the Hurricanes' lineup tonight in place of Joakim Nordstrom, according to head coach Bill Peters. In the second half of the back-to-back, Scott Darling will start in net.

"We believe in Darls and want to give him this chance to play well in a tough building," Peters said.

Here are some more quotes from the Canes' bench boss.

On the Canes' current mindset: "We've put ourselves in the situation that we're in. We've got a lot of young guys up here right now, and they've played well for us and given us some good energy. It's a tough test for them tonight against a real good team on a back-to-back with a little bit of travel. They haven't had to face that yet but will tonight."

On the opposition: "They've had a real consistent year. … They play in straight lines and really work hard. … They've got speed throughout the lineup."

On the last meeting between the two teams, a 3-1 Canes win: "I thought that game was a really well-played game both ways. There was some intensity to it. It was 2-1 with an empty-netter. It was a hard-fought game. Both our goals were in and around the blue paint going hard to the net."

On Justin Faulk's upper-body injury: "It's one of those things that could clear up. We've got a day off tomorrow, so that's going to help him. It's one of those that's a bit more nagging and annoying than anything."


BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA TOOLS TO VICTORY
3:55 p.m.

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

1. Attack Mentality

The Hurricanes have shown these past two games they are better suited to go after the other team and stay on the gas pedal. New Jersey is more dangerous than Ottawa, so staying on the attack and driving at the net will be best for the Canes.

2. Get Under Their Skin
  
Earlier this March in Raleigh, Justin Williams held a class on how to irritate an opponent in the person of the Devils leading scorer, Taylor Hall. That same game plan will come in handy tonight against New Jersey's best forward.

3. Stay Fresh

This is the first set of back-to-back games this year in the NHL for Valentin Zykov, Warren Foegle and Roland McKeown. If they can maintain their energy level it will allow the team to continue to roll four lines and three defense pairings without worrying about match-ups on the road.


ONE FOR THE MONEY, TWO FOR THE FOEGS
2:30 p.m.

As promised, a gameday edition of CanesCast from New Jersey! Fresh off his two-point performance in his NHL debut, Warren Foegele joins episode 35 of the pod. He breaks down his surreal experience, and Mike and Michael look at how the infusion of youth has brought new energy to the Canes' lineup.

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HURRICANES HEAD TO NEW JERSEY
2:00 a.m.

After securing a pair of victories in a home-and-home set with the Ottawa Senators, the Carolina Hurricanes will face off with the New Jersey Devils for the fourth and final time this season.

The Hurricanes are bringing to Newark a lineup that has been infused with young talent from Charlotte.

Warren Foegele became the fifth Hurricanes skater to make his NHL debut this season, and he earned first-star honors with his first career goal and assist in the Canes' 4-1 win over the Senators.

"I was a little nervous out there. It took me until about the third shift to realize it's just another hockey game. My linemates kept talking to me and kept me comfortable," he said. "It was a great experience."

In his last three games, Valentin Zykov has totaled three goals, including the game-winning tally on Monday night, and two assists.

"I've been seeing it all year. The best part about it is it's exactly what they've been doing," Roland McKeown said. "Z's been scoring around the net, just like he's done in Charlotte, and Foegele had a lot of nice cuts tonight, good on his edges and a quick release on his goal."

With Justin Faulk out of the lineup with an upper-body injury, McKeown has remained with the big club and continues to settle in as an NHL defenseman. McKeown was a career-best plus-3 in a career-high 16:20 of ice time on Monday.

"This is the most comfortable I've felt," he said. "I knew I had to get going from the get-go and I felt like I did that tonight."

Though only six games from the finish line in the 2017-18 regular season, the Canes and Devils season series is barely more than a month old. Through the first three games, the Canes are 1-1-1 and have been edged 9-7 in goals for. In the most recent meeting between the two teams on March 2 in Raleigh, the Canes walked away 3-1 victors.

"It's a different test tomorrow with the Devils, so we'll get a better read on these guys," head coach Bill Peters said. "Now we're going to go play a back-to-back and a team that's real quick. … We'll see how they handle that and the puck management. … It's a continual evaluation."

Peters has yet to commit to a starting goaltender for Tuesday, but noted that Ward faced just 20 shots on Monday night against Ottawa.

"I didn't think our goaltender was overly taxed tonight," he said. "That's an option, but we'll talk about it on the plane like we always do."


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