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Gameday: Red Wings vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Let's try this again, shall we? Snow cones on us.

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to the first match-up in this two-game set featuring the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricane in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, videos, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

The Hurricanes will hold a 10:30 a.m. morning skate at PNC Arena, where we'll be to provide you with the latest.

Last updated: 5:05 p.m.


BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA TOOLS TO VICTORY
5:05 p.m.

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

Video: Tools to Victory: DET vs CAR 


IN THE ROOM
2:05 p.m.

Our cameras caught up with forwards Derek Ryan and Joakim Nordstrom today.

Video: Derek Ryan: "Worry about ourselves" 

Video: Joakim Nordstrom: "Every shift matters"


PETERS: PREGAME
12:00 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters met with the local Raleigh media after the morning skate. Here are some highlights of the scrum.

On tonight's opponent: "It's going to be a tough test. They're playing real well and not giving up anything."

On playing the same team in the same spot on back-to-back nights: "It's unique, for sure. It's a different situation. You don't usually have that, but there's been a lot of uniqueness in the schedule this year. This is just another one of them due to a faux pas in December."

On the road ahead: "We're down to nine games left. We start a fresh segment here today, the beginning of a five-game segment where we're home for four of them. We've got to take advantage of that."

On what dimension Lucas Wallmark adds to the lineup: "It gives us some more depth. He's a natural center. He was good in his three games he played, and he got a little more ice time each and every night. He earned some trust there. He's good on face-offs and has had a real good year in Charlotte at the American Hockey League level. He deserves to be back up here. It gives us a little more depth and a little more balance."

On managing energy levels: "It's a concern, for sure. We haven't practiced in the month of March. We went 10 minutes this morning. There are nights where you see us start out - and it's around the league - you start out and then all of a sudden you hit a wall. You see players fight through it and get through it, and as a team, you grind it out."

On Elias Lindholm's recent play: "His work ethic has been very good. His ability to make plays and hang onto pucks has been very strong. He's probably playing with as much confidence as he ever has at this level."

Video: Bill Peters: "More questions to be answered"


CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
10:35 a.m.

The Hurricanes made a forward swap with Charlotte on Sunday, sending Patrick Brown down for Lucas Wallmark, who will center the Canes' fourth line tonight.

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CANES, RED WINGS SET FOR BACK-TO-BACK
6:00 a.m.

It's not often you'll see two games featuring the same teams in the same location on back-to-back nights.

But that's what's on tap to begin the final week of March, as the Carolina Hurricanes will play host to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday and Tuesday. The second game was on the schedule when the NHL released every team's 82-game slate during the summer. Monday's game was a mid-season addition, after an ice issue forced postponement of a December match-up.

So, the two teams will square off twice in two nights to close out their three-game season series. Monday's game also marks the beginning of a four-game homestand for the Hurricanes, who are returning from a week on the road - a successful week on the road, at that.

The Canes collected seven of a possible eight points (3-0-1) on the road swing and are riding a 10-game point streak (7-0-3), it's longest such run since March-April of 2009. The streak has vaulted the Canes in the standings, and with nine games left to play (and games in hand on the teams ahead of them), they sit five points out of a playoff spot.

"Guys are playing well and dialed in," head coach Bill Peters said after Saturday night's win in New Jersey. "You've got to continue to keep pace around the league."

After snagging a point in a 4-3 overtime loss in Philadelphia, the Hurricanes notched wins in Florida, Montreal and New Jersey and outscored their opponents 11-5 in the process. Driving the team's offense has been Jeff Skinner, who reached the 30-goal mark for the third time in his career and is currently riding a five-game goal streak. In that stretch, Skinner has notched seven total goals, two multi-goal games and three game-winning goals.

"Skinny is scoring goals and scoring big goals," Peters said.

"I'm just trying to follow Lindy," Skinner joked, referencing a teammate who is also producing at a consistent clip.

Elias Lindholm has tallied points in a career-high 10 straight games (4g, 7a), and he leads the team with 32 assists, 28 of which are primary helpers.

Goaltending has also been stellar for the team as of late, and Eddie Lack is catching fire. He is 5-1-0 in his last six starts and owns a .949 save percentage in that stretch.

Tonight's game will mark the middle segment of a 3-games-in-3-nights stretch for the Red Wings, a scheduling oddity that exists only because of the December postponement. Detroit began the segment by edging the Minnesota Wild in overtime, 3-2.

CANESPR NOTES: The Canes are 3-0-1 in their last four games against the Red Wings at PNC Arena. … This marks the Canes' 14th back-to-back set of the season. The team is 7-3-3 in the front halves of back-to-back sets and 6-5-2 in the back halves.


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