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Gameday: Rangers vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information you need to know for tonight's divisional match-up between the New York Rangers 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 for an 10:30 a.m. morning skate, and we'll be rinkside to bring you the latest.

Last updated: 6:45 p.m.


BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA TOOLS TO VICTORY
6:45 p.m.

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

Video: Tools to Victory: NYR vs CAR 


IN THE ROOM: AHO & PESCE
1:55 p.m.

Hear from forward Sebastian Aho and defenseman Brett Pesce, who spoke after the morning skate.

Video: Sebastian Aho: "It gets easier"

Video: Brett Pesce: "Take pride in where we come from"


IN THE ROOM: BILL PETERS
12:15 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters hopped off the stationary bike to chat with the media after the morning skate. Here's are some highlights from his availability, the full video of which is below.

On Sebastian Aho: "You know it's going to happen. It's unfortunate that he didn't score earlier in the season. He had lots of good looks and chances. He needed one to go in. It went in, and it looks like a little bit of weight has been relieved off him. We're starting to score more as a team, more balanced throughout our lineup. That line has been very good."

On tonight's opponent: "Specialty teams is real good. Went through some of their power play stuff. They're really moving the puck, dynamic there. ... They're playing fast. They've got a lot of individual quickness, but they play a quick style."

Video: Bill Peters: "Starting to score more"


CANES LINES: WARM-UPS
10:35 a.m.

As head coach Bill Peters said yesterday, the only change to the Canes' lineup tonight will be Haydn Fleury drawing back into the lineup. Victor Rask remains a healthy scratch, and Scott Darling looks to be the starter in net.

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We'll go inside the room after the skate.

Tweet from @NHLCanes: It's gameday! #NYRvsCAR pic.twitter.com/wEgvxVUoRB


CANES HOST RANGERS TO CONTNUE HOMESTAND
12:00 a.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes will play their fourth straight game against a team from the state of New York when they host a Metropolitan Division opponent, the New York Rangers, on Thanksgiving Eve.

The Hurricanes have captured 11 of a possible 14 points in their last seven games (5-1-1) and are coming off back-to-back wins on the weekend. Following a 3-1 win in Buffalo, the Hurricanes returned home for their second game against the New York Islanders in four days and skated away with a 4-2 victory.

Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho each remained hot in the Canes' most recent win, as they each tallied three points. Teravainen was named the NHL's first star of the week for his four-game performance from Nov. 12-19, in which he posted 10 points (5g, 5a) and his first career hat trick. Aho had a notable week himself with nine points (4g, 5a) and goals in four straight games in that same stretch.

"There are things we're doing on a night in and night out basis that we're real happy with," head coach Bill Peters said after practice on Tuesday.

Wednesday night's game against the Rangers marks the second in a series of four straight at home, the longest such stretch of the season until early February.

"It's a huge opportunity. It's absolutely huge. We're looking forward to it," Peters said. "It's going to be a good, fun week. It's a special week in the United States with American Thanksgiving. A lot of people traveling, lots of family, lots to be thankful for. Let's go out and play well."

The Rangers bring a 10-9-2 record (22 points) into this match-up, the first of four between the divisional foes this season. New York strung together a six-game winning streak that was snapped just last week in Chicago. Most recently, the Rangers shut out the Ottawa Senators 3-0 in New York on Sunday.

The Hurricanes will ice virtually the same lineup that faced the Islanders on Sunday. Haydn Fleury will draw back into the lineup on defense and pair with Justin Faulk, while Victor Rask will remain out of the lineup as a healthy extra.

"I want to see that group that we had dressed for the Islanders game play more 5-on-5 to get a feel for those lines the way they were set up," Peters said.

CANESPR NOTES: The Hurricanes have won three straight games against the Rangers at PNC Arena. … With his win against the Islanders on Sunday, Cam Ward moved within two victories of becoming the 32nd goaltender in NHL history (fifth active) to reach the 300-win milestone.


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