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Gameday: Blue Jackets vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

"I need someone to show me my place in all this."

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 featuring the Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes. Make Hurricanes.com a regular stop throughout the day, as we update this hub with notes, photos, videos and more as puck drop draws near.

We'll be rinkside at PNC Arena to bring you the latest from the Hurricanes' morning skate beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Last updated: 3:30 p.m.


BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA TOOLS TO VICTORY
3:30 p.m.

Mike Maniscalco sets the table for game No. 2 with tonight's Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina three Tools to Victory.

Video: Tools to Victory: CBJ vs CAR 


IN THE ROOM: BROCK McGINN & VICTOR RASK
12:40 p.m.

Forwards Brock McGinn and Victor Rask spoke with Mike Maniscalco following today's morning skate.

Video: Brock McGinn: "Feed off the energy"

Video: Victor Rask: "Everyone wants to play fast"


IN THE ROOM: BILL PETERS
12:15 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters spoke with the media after his team's morning skate on Tuesday. Here are some highlights of his availability.

On offensive contributions: "All four lines have to find a way to contribute offensively. It's got to be somebody different every night; you can't always rely on the same people. The primary guys are going to get the marquee minutes, O-zone starts and power-play time, so you've got to get them on the board for sure. Anything you get beyond that is bonus."

On Klas Dahlbeck drawing into the lineup in van Riemsdyk's absence: "I think it's great for Dahly, instead of having to wait. ... When you get your opportunity, you have to capitalize on it. I think Dahly will."

On tonight's opponent: "They're a good team. Watched them the other night. ... They had 31 or 33 shots, and 21 of them came from the back-end. That tells you a few things, so we've got to look after that."

Video: Bill Peters: "Be dialed in"


VAN RIEMSDYK DIAGNOSED WITH CONCUSSION
11:55 a.m.

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk has been diagnosed with a concussion, according to head coach Bill Peters.

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CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
10:30 a.m.

The forward lines will look familiar; they haven't changed from game No. 1. The only difference in the lineup is on the back-end due to Trevor van Riemsdyk's lower-body concern concussion. Klas Dahlbeck will draw in and play alongside Haydn Fleury.

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Teravainen-Rask-Williams
Skinner-Ryan-Kuokkanen
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Fleury-Dahlbeck

Darling
Ward

Scratches: Necas (healthy), Jooris (healthy), van Riemsdyk (concussion), Stempniak (upper body; IR)

Tweet from @NHLCanes: Yesterday was Columbus Day. Today is #BeatColumbusDay.@JeffSkinner is ready. pic.twitter.com/OIKdXVJK62

More coming from inside the room in just a bit!


CANES HOST DIVISIONAL OPPONENT BEFORE ROAD TRIP
12:00 a.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes opened the 2017-18 regular season in dramatic fashion with a 5-4 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild.

The Canes erased a two-goal, third-period deficit to take a late lead before Minnesota tied the game in the final second. Scott Darling stopped all three shots he saw in the shootout, and Jaccob Slavin scored the deciding goal with his patented backhand move to give the Canes their first win on Opening Night since the 2010-11 season, which also happened to be against the Wild.

"There were a lot of good things and some breakdowns we can clean up," head coach Bill Peters said after assessing Saturday night's game film and having a 45-minute practice on Monday. "We worked on a few things here today that should help tomorrow and moving forward."

The Hurricanes will now look to follow up that effort tonight when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets, the only game they play within their division and conference in their first six of the season; in fact, just three of the Canes' first 12 games of the season feature Eastern Conference opponents, and Tuesday's match-up is the lone intradivisional match in that stretch.

The Blue Jackets come into tonight's game with a 1-1-0 record. After shutting out the New York Islanders 5-0 on Friday night, Columbus was handed a 5-1 defeat in Chicago on Saturday.

The Hurricanes will likely be without the services of defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who did not practice on Monday. The 26-year-old defenseman slammed into the boards during the third period on Saturday, though after a brief departure to the room he did return to play the balance of the game.

"Right before practice he was a no go," Peters explained. "He said he was sore. Knee and ankle both sore."

That appears to be the lone lineup change. Janne Kuokkanen, who made his NHL debut on a line with Derek Ryan and Jeff Skinner, will remain in the lineup. Kuokkanen logged two shots on goal in nearly 10 minutes of ice time on Saturday.

"Kuokks made a lot of good little plays in all three zones," Peters said. "Very happy with his game."

The Canes will also turn back to Darling in net. Darling made 23 saves in 65 minutes of work against the Wild and was a perfect 3-for-3 in the shootout.

CANESPR NOTES: Marcus Kruger is expected to play in his 400th career NHL game tonight. … The Canes have a 10-3-2 record in their last 15 games versus Columbus. They've also earned at least a point in seven of the last eight games (5-1-2) against the Blue Jackets at PNC Arena.


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