The Carolina Hurricanes return home for a Metropolitan Division match-up against the New York Rangers.
After posting a 3-1-0 record during a four-game homestand, the Hurricanes were bested, 4-1, by the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
"[Points] are crucial at any point in the season. It's always big in division games, as well," Jordan Staal said on Tuesday. "We're going to have to get back to our style and our play and start taking it to teams, playing the way we want to play."
Back on Track
The Hurricanes left Philadelphia on Tuesday thinking they deserved better for their effort.
But, they know they also need to get back to their game in order to be successful.
"I thought we were playing well and deserved a little more," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said after the game. "It's a frustrating game for me because I think had we just stuck to it a little bit more, maybe things would have been different. Their goalie was good, and they capitalized."
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The Canes and Flyers entered the third period even at one until Philadelphia scored three unanswered goals to take the W in the first of four meetings between the two divisional opponents.
"We want to keep creating chances and shots," Staal said. "I didn't think we stuck with what we wanted to do and the way we wanted to play, and it showed."
Haula & Staal Miss Practice
Both Erik Haula and Jordan Staal did not skate with the Hurricanes on Wednesday. A night after logging nearly 20 minutes of ice time, the captain was given the day off the ice.
"The way he plays, those are always heavy minutes," Brind'Amour said. "He certainly never takes a shift off."
Video: Brind'Amour: "We didn't capitalize early in the game"
Haula, meanwhile, is dealing with a lower-body concern that caused him to miss his first game of the season on Tuesday.
"He's day-to-day. He's got some lingering effects. It's his knee that's bothering him, so we're just kind of precautionary, really, making sure he feels good before we get him back out there," Brind'Amour said. "Nothing structural, which is good."
Luostarinen Set for Debut
After dressing 11 forwards and seven defensemen in Philadelphia, the Hurricanes are set to return to the more conventional lineup of 12 forwards and six defensemen.
Forward Eetu Luostarinen was recalled from Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon. The 21-year-old Finnish forward has notched five goals and seven points in 10 games with the Checkers this season and is expected to make his NHL debut.
The Rangers defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 5-1, on Thursday night in Manhattan to improve to 6-6-1 on the season. Just four of New York's 13 games have been played on the road, where they have a 2-2-0 record. Artemi Panarin leads the team in scoring with 14 points (7g, 7a) in 13 games.
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