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Gameday: Penguins vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Episode III of this homestand.

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight's Metropolitan Division match-up between the Pittsburgh Penguins 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.

After a scheduled day off on Monday, the Hurricanes return to the ice this morning for a 10:30 a.m. skate, and we'll be rinkside to bring you the latest.

Last updated: 6:40 p.m.


BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA TOOLS TO VICTORY
6:40 p.m.

Mike Maniscalco delivers tonight's Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina three Tools to Victory.

Video: Tools to Victory: PIT vs CAR 


IN THE ROOM
1:20 p.m.

Hear from forward Phil Di Giuseppe and defenseman Brett Pesce, as they set the table for tonight's Hurricanes-Penguins tilt.

Video: Phil Di Giuseppe: "Play a full 60"

Video: Brett Pesce: "They have so much firepower"


PREGAME: PETERS
12:45 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters spoke with the media after today's morning skate. Here are some highlights, and you can view the scrum in its near entirety below.

On forward line changes: "Trying to get some guys going. Rask has a real good opportunity with his two wingers. We need Phil to come in and provide some speed, and he'll be able to do that where he's playing. We've got to try to find a way to generate some offense on a consistent basis."

On changes to the defense: "That three pair has been in and out all year. Now Tenny's coming in. He's played well when he's had the opportunity, and he needs to come in and play well again tonight."

On the Penguins' power play: "They've got elite skill, and they can run two units out there that are very good. They generate their offense close to the net. ... They make plays. The puck doesn't sit very long on sticks, and the guys that have [the puck on their sticks] have the ability to finish. That's our challenge tonight."

On the standings: "We've talked about lots here lately. What we're talking about today is Pittsburgh. That's what we've got to focus on: the game we're going to play here tonight."

Video: Bill Peters: "It has everything to do with us"


CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
10:40 a.m.

A number of tweaks have been made to the Hurricanes lineup we'll likely see versus the Penguins tonight. Derek Ryan draws back in to the lineup, while Jay McClement will come out.

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More from inside the room coming up!

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CANES LOOK TO END SLUMP AGAINST PENS
6:00 a.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes will be looking to end a four-game winless slide when the Pittsburgh Penguins make their second and final appearance in Raleigh this season.

The Hurricanes dropped two straight contests heading into the bye week, being outscored by a 10-2 margin in Washington and Dallas, and have posted a 0-1-1 record in their two games since the mid-month hiatus. After salvaging a point in a 2-1 overtime loss to Colorado on Friday, the Hurricanes were blanked 4-0 by Curtis McElhinney and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.

The Hurricanes' playoff chances are now slim, and they're going to need an extended winning streak to vault them out of the Eastern Conference basement and back into the mix.

"I don't think you can hope that's going to happen," head coach Bill Peters said after Sunday's loss. "You've got to make that happen."

"We've got a lot of hockey left. You've got to stay with it and keep working," Jeff Skinner said. "We're in a little bit of a funk now, but you've got to find ways to get out of it. The only way that's going to happen is if you do it yourself. You can't sit around and wait for things to break your way. We have to work for our chances and breaks."

The Hurricanes have a chance to get back on track tonight when they draw the Pittsburgh Penguins, who currently sit in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 80 points (36-14-8). When the two teams met a month ago in Raleigh, the Penguins hung a touchdown and the extra point on the Canes in a 7-1 rout.

"We're going to come back with a better effort the next game," Jordan Staal said. "Good team and a good test for us."

In order to avoid a fifth straight winless effort, the Canes are going to need to flip the switch on their offensive production. Though the Canes generated some good, quality scoring chances against Toronto, they've managed just three goals in their last four games.

"You've got to stay with it," Peters said. "You're going something right if you're generating quality chances."

"It's not enough to just out-chance or out-shoot teams. You need to find ways to capitalize on your opportunities," Skinner said. "Right now we're not doing a good enough job."

The Penguins fell to the Detroit Red Wings, 5-2, on Sunday, bringing an end to their nine-game point streak that included six wins. The Pens currently lead the Blue Jackets by a point in the Metropolitan Division standings, and they own a 2-0-0 record against the Canes this season.

CANESPR NOTES: Ron Hainsey is one game shy of 300 Hurricanes games played and 10 games shy of 900 career NHL games. … The Hurricanes rank first in the league in penalty killing percentage (86.6 percent) and takeaways (565).


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