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Gameday: Hurricanes at Coyotes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Don't forget to fall back tonight! Unless, of course, you're here with us in Arizona, where they remain on standard time.

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information you need to know for tonight's cross-conference battle between the Carolina Hurricanes and Arizona Coyotes. Make Hurricanes.com a regular stop throughout the day, as we update this hub with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

It's an early 6 p.m. local time (9 p.m. Eastern) start here in Arizona, so the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate.

Last updated: 7:10 p.m.


BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA TOOLS TO VICTORY
7:10 p.m.

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

1. Create Chaos

The Hurricanes have to get in front of the Arizona net, set screens and get to second chance opportunities. This is coming off a game where the team put 60 shots on net but did little to make life difficult for Semyon Varlamov. Simple equation: shots on net with traffic in front of the netminder > shots on net.

2. Pad the Lead

The Hurricanes scored 55 seconds into the game against Colorado and then gave up the next two. Brett Pesce being out with a concussion has juggled the defensive pairings, and the Hurricanes admitted they had to be better defensively. It becomes important to grab the lead and add to it.

3. Everyone Contributes

The Hurricanes have shown they are hard to play against when all four lines have an impact. The best way to ensure that is not having to shorten the bench trying to catch up.


IN THE ROOM
3:30 p.m.

Hear from forwards Victor Rask and Brock McGinn and head coach Bill Peters after Friday's practice at Gila River Arena.

Video: Victor Rask: "We want to play fast"

Video: Brock McGinn: "Don't take any team lightly"

Video: Bill Peters: "We should be very hungry"


McKEOWN TO MAKE NHL DEBUT IN ARIZONA
1:35 p.m.

The time has come for another Carolina Hurricanes prospect to make his National Hockey League debut.

Defenseman Roland McKeown will become the fourth Hurricane this season to play in his first NHL game, as the Canes take on the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night. In practice on Friday, he paired with Noah Hanifin, who is coincidentally also his roommate for this leg of the Canes' road trip.

"You work your whole life towards this goal. To get game one, it's going to be real exciting," McKeown said. "I'm going to try to stay as calm as possible. I know at the end of the day I just have to treat it as another hockey game, as hard as it is to do, but I think that's the best way to have success."

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Video: Roland McKeown: "Take the opportunity"


CANES PROJECTED LINEUP
12:50 p.m.

Based on lines in practice on Friday, here's how we expect the Canes' lineup to look tonight.

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

Slavin-Faulk
Fleury-van Riemsdyk
Hanifin-McKeown

Darling
Ward


CANES LOOK TO REBOUND IN THE DESERT
12:00 a.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes wrap up a two-game road trip out west when they face off with the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday evening.

And though it's just the team's 12th game of the season, it has a momentous feel to it, especially considering the Canes' 5-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

"Points are huge. We need to get points, there's no question about it," head coach Bill Peters said prior to the road trip. "If we go out on the road and play the right way, I like our chances."

The Canes got off to a quick start in Thursday's game, scoring the first goal just 55 seconds into the contest. A back-and-forth period ended tied 2-2 heading into the intermission, but the Avs broke the game open in the second period.

"We're not there yet. Today we kind of came off our game after the first period. I thought we played really well in the first, and I don't know what happened in the second," Elias Lindholm said after the game. "It's tough in the third when we're down two and still hunting. We still have a lot of work to do. We'll keep grinding."

It was back to work for the Canes in practice on Friday. Flush Thursday's game and move on.

"There are two different details we worked on today in practice and talked about as a staff. They're simple details," Peters said after practice. "We talk about them lots and practice them lots, but we've got to incorporate them into our game. You'll know when it starts to happen on a consistent basis, and I think we'll get the consistent result that we like."

Defenseman Roland McKeown will make his NHL debut in tonight's game. McKeown, 21, will pair with Noah Hanifin on the team's third defensive duo.

"He's a good defender. He has good instincts," Peters said. "He gives us the balance of three lefties and three righties."

The Hurricanes aren't expected to make any other lineup changes, though the forward lines will likely be shuffled. Team-leading goal scorer Jeff Skinner is expected to play on the team's top line alongside Jordan Staal and Elias Lindholm.

CANESPR NOTES: The Hurricanes have won six of their last seven meetings with the Coyotes, dating back to Dec. 14, 2013 (6-1-0). Additionally, the Canes have won their last six games against Arizona at Gila River Arena, dating back to Feb. 7, 2009 (6-0-0). … Elias Lindholm has registered six points (2g, 4a), including one game-winning goal, in six games against Arizona.


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