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Gameday: Panthers vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Stock the pantry! The food drive begins tonight.

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information you need to know for tonight's match-up between the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes. Make Hurricanes.com a regular stop throughout the day, as we update this hub 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, and we'll be rinkside to bring you the latest.

Last updated: 3:50 p.m.


BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA TOOLS TO VICTORY
3:50 p.m.

TV's Mike Maniscalco sets the table for tonight with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina three Tools to Victory.

Video: Tools to Victory: FLA vs CAR 


IN THE ROOM: JEFF SKINNER & BROCK McGINN
12:45 p.m.

Hear from forwards Jeff Skinner and Brock McGinn, as they preview tonight's Eastern Conference match-up.

Video: Jeff Skinner: "Learn from the bad"

Video: Brock McGinn: "It's going to be a lot of fun"


IN THE ROOM: BILL PETERS
12:05 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters met with the media after his team's morning skate. Here are some highlights, and the full availability can be found below.

On the importance of tonight's game: "Biggest game of the year. ... Had a good skate this morning with lots of energy. Let's continue it on, play hard and play with a little bit of pace both ways for 60 and see what happens. All we can do is control how we play tonight. That's what we're focused on."

On what kind of match he expects: "Real good game. They've got a lot of speed and skill. ... They're playing well right now. We need to come out, set the tone at home and play well."

On Lee Stempniak's status: "He's going to get in at some point. As a player, you think you're closer than you are probably. ... I want to see him possibly play a couple of games before he plays with us. That way I can get him in the lineup and have expectations that are realistic."

Video: Bill Peters: "Get some people to the net"


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

The Canes are back in Raleigh, and here's how you can expect the lineup to shake out tonight.

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

Slavin-Faulk
Fleury-van Riemsdyk
Hanifin-McKeown

Darling
Ward

We'll go inside the room after the skate ends.

Tweet from @NHLCanes: Morning skate. #FLAvsCAR pic.twitter.com/RnIZFpA20E


CANES LOOK TO GET BACK ON TRACK VS. PANTHERS
12:00 a.m.

It's only the first week of November, but the Carolina Hurricanes recognize the challenge in front of them.

Winless in their last four games (0-2-2), the Hurricanes have slid to 4-5-3 in the standings and rank last in the Metropolitan Division with 11 points in 12 games.

"I think mentally we're fine, but there is some frustration," head coach Bill Peters said after a Monday morning practice in Raleigh. "We need to play better. That's the bottom line. We're capable of playing better, and we need to play better." 

The Canes will look to get back in the win column when the Florida Panthers make their first of two visits to PNC Arena this season. The Panthers enter tonight's game also winless in their last four games (0-2-2). They've allowed 23 goals in that stretch - nearly a six goal per game clip - which could be a boon to the Canes' ailing offense.

"We need to finish, and we need to score. We haven't scored very much, and our power play hasn't been as dangerous as we'd like. If we get some offensive production, it would go a long way," Peters said. "I think guys are starting to press now. You can see it. We use frustration as a word and it weighs you down a little bit."

The Canes are coming off a disappointing two-game road trip out west, in which they brought home just one of a possible four points. The Canes will now play seven of their next 10 games at home, where they've posted an underwhelming 1-2-2 record (4 points) so far this season.

"It's an uphill climb. What is there, 70 [games] left? But it's time. It's time," Peters said. "It's time to play quality hockey on a consistent basis."

Though both Lee Stempniak and Brett Pesce (no contact) practiced with the Canes on Monday, neither are expected back in the lineup just yet. Pesce (concussion) is "closer" but has further testing to undergo before he's cleared to return, Peters said. Stempniak (upper body), meanwhile, is inching toward his season debut.

"He's got a little ways to go," Peters said. "He's not cleared or ready. He's missed a lot of hockey."

CANESPR NOTES: The Canes are 31-10-4 against Florida at home since the 1999-2000 season. … Sebastian Aho, who is still searching for his first goal of the season, has tallied an assist in three straight games. 


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