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Gameday: Kings vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Last one of the homestand - but there are three more coming up later this week!

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information you need to know for tonight's homestand finale featuring the Los Angeles Kings 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 be on the ice at PNC Arena at 10:30 a.m. for their morning skate, and we'll be rinkside to bring you the latest.

Last updated: 5:00 p.m.


BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA TOOLS TO VICTORY
5:00 p.m.

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

Video: Tools to Victory: LA vs CAR


IN THE ROOM: JACCOB SLAVIN
4:30 p.m.

The Hurricanes go for three straight wins tonight, and defenseman Jaccob Slavin helps preview the cross-conference match-up with the Kings.

Video: Jaccob Slavin: "Maintain the pace"


IN THE ROOM: BILL PETERS
12:10 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters hopped off the stationary bike to speak with the media this morning. Here are some highlights from what was discussed.

On holding the opposition to just a goal in the last two games: "It gives you a chance each and every night. It's a testament to the guys in front of the goaltenders and also the goaltending. It's been very solid here, and the penalty kill has been solid, knock on wood. Our 5-on-5 game has been much better in all three zones."

On Sebastian Aho's transition to playing in the middle: "Seamless. Elite player. Seamless. Could play right wing, left wing, center. Could make the change in the game. Seamless transition. ... When you have elite players and super-competitive players, you can play them anywhere."

Video: Bill Peters: "Know what they're all about"


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

Sebastian Aho remains at center in tonight's projected Hurricanes' lineup. Cam Ward looks to be the starter in net.

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We'll go inside the room after the skate.

Tweet from @MSmithCanes: Last #Canes morning skate of this eight-game homestand happening now. #Redvolution pic.twitter.com/1ANgZ74rDb


KINGS VISIT CANES IN HOMESTAND FINALE
12:00 a.m.

Two weeks and seven games later, the final game of the Carolina Hurricanes' season-long, eight-game homestand is upon them, as the Los Angeles Kings stop in for their first and only visit of the season.

The Hurricanes have posted a 4-2-1 record in this stretch, with Tuesday night's cross-conference tilt a chance for the team to earn 11 of a possible 16 points on the homestand. The Canes have earned points in three straight games (2-0-1) and recorded back-to-back wins over the weekend.

On Friday, the Canes bested the Vancouver Canucks 4-1, and they followed it up the next night with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

"I liked the effort from everyone. I thought everybody contributed," head coach Bill Peters said after the win over Colorado on Saturday. "I thought it was a complete effort."

The win vaulted the Hurricanes back into a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, where the team sits a point ahead of both Columbus and the New York Islanders and a point behind the New Jersey Devils for the first wild card spot.

"We've got to do it right each and every night. We know how to play," Peters said. "When we're committed to doing in the right way, we get positive results."

While the sun sets on the Hurricanes' homestand, the Kings are just ramping up on a seven-game road swing that began over the weekend with a pair of games in Florida; the Kings topped the Panthers 3-1 on Friday before falling 4-3 to the Lightning. Los Angeles, which owns a plus-26 goal differential, comes into this game just a point out of a wild card spot in the Western Conference.

It was Dec. 9 in Los Angeles when the Kings and Canes met for the first time this season. The Canes fell down 2-0 in the second period but scored twice in a span of 4:35 in the last 10 minutes of regulation to force overtime, where the Kings snagged the extra point with 20 seconds left in 3-on-3 action.

CANESPR NOTES: Phil Di Giuseppe played in his 100th career game on Saturday night. Brett Pesce is slated to play in his 200th career game tonight. … The Canes are 6-3-1-1 against the Kings at PNC Arena since the building opened in 1999.


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