GLENDALE, Ariz. - It's like Friday night, but different.
This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight's rematch between the Carolina Hurricanes and Arizona Coyotes in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.
Both the Hurricanes and Coyotes made the trek across the country on Saturday, and the Canes will take the ice at Gila River Arena on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. local time (12:30 p.m. Eastern) for their morning skate, where we'll be situated rinkside.
Last updated: 8:00 p.m.
BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA TOOLS TO VICTORY
Mike Maniscalco details tonight's Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina three Tools to Victory.
1. Win the First Period
In simple terms, that means have the lead after the first 20 minutes and make the Coyotes chase the game.
2. Be the Road Runners to Their Coyotes
We all remember the cartoon. The Road Runner was too fast for the Coyote to catch. Play with that pace and force the pace of the game.
3. Clean Up Mistakes
Sloppy passes have hurt the Canes of late; see the first period in Florida and the third period vs. Arizona on Friday. Bad passes lead to grade-A chances. Better passes and getting the puck to the right place will be key.
LACK WORKING HARD, STAYING FOCUSED
After his team's morning skate in Raleigh on Friday, Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters was asked a seemingly innocuous question about how he planned to use his goaltenders down the stretch and if there would be any competition for a majority of the starts.
In so many words, that answer was no.
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Head coach Bill Peters confirmed that Eddie Lack would make the start in net tonight for his team and that Matt Tennyson would draw back in on defense in place of Klas Dahlbeck. Peters had strong words on Friday for Lack's play. Here's what he said today.
On what he wants to see from Lack: "Just a good, solid performance. Handle the puck, be square and give his team a chance to win."
On going back to Lack to establish confidence: "We talked about this being his start and setting him up. He's two games under .500 on the season. Typically as a coach, if your back-up goalie can go .500, you can live with that. He's got an opportunity to do that. There's still enough hockey games left to play to have a strong finish."
On what the team needs to correct from Friday to be successful tonight: "We didn't give up much, but when we did they were doozies. They were all off the rush. We've got to do a better job through the neutral zone identifying our assignments on line rushes."
On Tennyson getting back in the lineup: "He'll play with Murph. Two righties. They'll sort out who plays on the left side."
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
The Hurricanes were on the ice at Gila River Arena at 10:30 a.m. local time here in Glendale. Here's what you can expect to see roster-wise tonight.
I believe Klas Dahlbeck will be the healthy extra on defense, but we'll confirm that with head coach Bill Peters shortly.
CANES SEEK PAYBACK AGAINST YOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes said they didn't play well enough to beat the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night in a 4-2 loss. Less than 48 hours later, they have a shot at payback against the Coyotes in the desert.
The Hurricanes begin a two-game trip out West with their only trips to Arizona and Colorado of the season. Both the Canes and Coyotes made their way across the country on Saturday before Sunday's rematch.
"I think it will be another good game there with a lot of pace to it," Jaccob Slavin said after Friday's tilt. "We better get the two points in their building."
On Friday night, though the Hurricanes had the better first five minutes than their opposition, they quickly found themselves in a two-goal hole. A momentum-saving goal by Lee Stempniak in the last minute of the first period pulled the Canes' within one, and 90 seconds into the second period, Jordan Staal tied the game.
"We chased the game," head coach Bill Peters said. "We never scored early on some good chances, and then we never led."
"We have spurts of our game where we're dominating play," Slavin said. "We've just got to play a full 60 like that, and that's when we'll start breaking through."
The Coyotes pulled ahead in the third period via Jordan Martinook's tally off a turnover, and they added an empty-netter late to seal their 4-2 win.
"We've just got to be smarter with the puck in the third," Slavin said. "We had the opportunities, but we got a little lackadaisical there at the end. That cost us the game."
"It was a bit back-and-forth. There wasn't a crazy amount of intensity out there," Staal said. "Just a couple mistakes. I don't think we gave up a crazy amount, but when we did they were big chances. That's not going to help you win."
What needs to be better tonight in order for the Hurricanes to have success? Both Staal and Peters pointed to a lack of net-front presence on Friday.
"We weren't at the net at all tonight. We weren't hard enough, for sure. We weren't hard enough on the body consistently throughout the lineup," Peters said. "The urgency could have been better. We could have been harder at the net."
A win would help the Hurricanes end a four-game winless streak, though they have collected points in two games along the way.
CANESPR NOTES: The Hurricanes have not lost to the Coyotes in Glendale since Dec. 3, 2005. The team is 5-0-0 since then. … Rookie forward Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes this season with 15 even-strength goals.
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