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This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight's Metropolitan Division showdown between the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes 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.
As always, we'll be rinkside at PNC Arena for the Hurricanes 10:30 a.m. morning skate, when we'll be able to pass along any pertinent lineup information, quotes from inside the room and much more.
Last updated: 4:45 p.m.
BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA TOOLS TO VICTORY
Mike Maniscalco presents tonight's Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina three Tools to Victory.
Video: Tools to Victory: NJ vs. CAR
INSIDE THE ROOM
Forwards Victor Rask and Joakim Nordstrom preview tonight's Devils-Hurricanes match-up.
Video: Victor Rask: "We want to skate in"
Video: Joakim Nordstrom: "Two huge points"
Head coach Bill Peters spoke with the media after the team's morning skate today. Here's what was discussed.
On tonight's game against an opponent that played last night: "We want to create the storm. We want to be the aggressor, come out, get off to a real good start and tilt the rink in the first 10 minutes of the game."
On the team's goaltending: "I'd like to solidify the back-up spot … but that's out of our hands as far as the injury goes. But [Cam] can play lots. He's in good shape and hasn't faced a ton of rubber, I don't think."
On Eddie Lack's concussion: "Something happened in Pittsburgh. That's the thing with those types of injuries: you don't know."
On Justin Faulk's status: "I think there's a chance he plays on the trip. That's just me being positive, but he's definitely taking steps in the right direction."
On Elias Lindholm's status: "Getting closer, too. He should skate tomorrow, I think. That's what I'm kind of hoping for and been told, that he has a chance to be on the ice tomorrow."
On Lindholm being out of the lineup: "Lindy's absence hurts us because of the right-handed shot and the right-handed center, the ability to take faceoffs and the ability to be on the power play or penalty kill."
Video: Bill Peters: "I'd like to solidify the backup spot"
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
Goaltender Daniel Altshuller joined the Hurricanes at today's morning skate. He was recalled this morning after Eddie Lack was diagnosed with a concussion.
Justin Faulk skated again with the Hurricanes this morning, but he won't play tonight. Klas Dahlbeck will be the healthy extra on the back-end. Elias Lindholm (upper body) also did not skate.
CANES OPEN NEW YEAR AGAINST DEVILS
As the calendar turns to 2017, the Carolina Hurricanes are in the midst of one of the franchise's best stretches at home.
The Hurricanes have earned points in 11 straight home games, ranking tied for third in franchise history behind the team's franchise record 12-game home winning streak in 2008-09 and the 15-game home point streak in 2005-06.
This 11-game streak dates back to Nov. 12, a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Two home games prior, the Canes dropped a 4-1 decision to tonight's opponent, the New Jersey Devils.
Points are crucial each and every night, especially at home against a divisional opponent.
And tonight, the Hurricanes catch the Devils on the tail end of a back-to-back set. Cory Schneider stopped all 22 shots he saw in a 3-0 shutout victory over the Bruins on Monday night in New Jersey, but the Devils have won just one of their last seven road games.
The Hurricanes were in the same situation as the Devils over the weekend - a team playing at home and then immediately traveling for a game the next night. In Tampa Bay on New Year's Eve, the Hurricanes fell in a 2-0 first-period hole after uncharacteristically surrendering two power-play goals, the first time that's happened in a game this season. Though Sebastian Aho's breakaway goal got the Canes on the board, they were unable to dig out of a 3-0 hole and fell 3-1.
"We'll learn from it. There are a couple things we could have done differently or better," head coach Bill Peters said after practice on Monday. "After one, I thought we played and competed better and got our legs under us. In a back-to-back scenario, you've got to build a game, and that's what it looked like. They were better early, and then we got going."
Justin Faulk (lower body) practiced with the Hurricanes on Monday in a no-contact sweater, but will be unavailable for tonight's contest. Elias Lindholm (upper body) is also doubtful, though Peters hopes he'll be able to skate with the team on Tuesday morning.
Teuvo Teravainen was also missing from practice on Monday, and his status for tonight's game remains up in the air.
"Sick. Contagious possibly," Peters said. "We got him out of here so no one else gets it."
Eddie Lack, who fell under the weather in Tampa Bay and was replaced on the roster by Canes equipment manager Jorge Alves in the feel-good story of the season, also remained out of practice on Monday.
"He's going to get looked at this afternoon, some further testing done. Then we'll know more hopefully tonight, but if not tonight then in the morning," Peters said. "We'll get somebody in if we have to."
Cam Ward looks to make his 13th straight start in net. During the Canes' 11-game home point streak, Ward has posted an 8-0-1 record, a 1.50 goals-against average, a .945 save percentage and two shutouts.
CANESPR NOTES: Jaccob Slavin will skate in his 100th NHL game tonight. … Finnish linemates Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho each bring point streaks into tonight's game. Teravainen has points in four straight games (1g, 3a), and Aho has registered points in three straight (1g, 2a).
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