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Gameday: Blues vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information you need to know for tonight's match-up between the St. Louis Blues 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.

In a back-to-back with travel (and customs), the Hurricanes will not skate again this morning, but we'll be passing along all your usual gameday-centric content right here.

Last updated: 5:50 p.m.


CANES PROJECTED LINEUP
5:50 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters said the Hurricanes would ice the same group of 18 skaters as Thursday night in Toronto. The only change is in goal, where Cam Ward gets his second start of the season.

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IN THE ROOM: BILL PETERS
5:45 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters met with the media outside of the locker room this evening. Here are some highlights from his availability.

On Thursday night's win in Toronto: "I liked that we generated a lot of offense. I thought we were dangerous and good on faceoffs. We got contributions throughout the lineup. The pair of Fleury and van Riemsdyk, they were both plus-4 and Haydn got his first pro points at the NHL level. That's good depth and contributions with Jooris getting two and your pair that played the fewest minutes being plus-4."

On Sebastian Aho's search for his first goal of the season: "He looks like he's starting to cheat a little bit and press. He'll have to whack him one. He's just going to have to play through it and realize that he has to play the right way. When he plays the right way he gets his chances, and if he's not going to play the right way it's going to last longer. I expect him to get on the board tonight."

On the fourth line of Nordstrom-Kruger-Jooris: "That's been a good line. All three of them are on the penalty kill. They scored against Tampa. They scored our first goal against Toronto. ... They've done their job. They're going to get better as they go."


BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA TOOLS TO VICTORY
3:45 p.m.

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

Video: Tools to Victory: STL vs CAR


CANES HOST BLUES TO CLOSE OUT BACK-TO-BACK
12:00 a.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes close out their first of 18 back-to-back sets when they host the St. Louis Blues at PNC Arena.

On Thursday night, the Hurricanes doubled up the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 6-3 win, a game that featured many positive ingredients for the visiting team. The Canes got a lead just over two minutes into the game and then stretched it a half-minute later. Despite push-backs by the Leafs, the Canes responded and continued to build their advantage to leave Canada with two points.

Josh Jooris' two goals bookended the Canes' scoring, and Teuvo Teravainen had a three-point night (1g, 2a).

"I think all four lines played pretty well," Jeff Skinner said. "Juice had a big goal to start us off, and then we got a second one pretty quick. When you're on the road and can jump out to a quick lead, it's always nice. Then we did a good job responding."

Ten different players recorded points for the Hurricanes, who need that kind of balanced performance across their lineup in order to be consistently dangerous offensively.

"I think we are going to score. I think we have the ability to score - I know we do - but we haven't done it," head coach Bill Peters said. "So until you prove you can do it you're kind of wondering and hoping. We have enough talent to score if we get committed and do the right things."

The Hurricanes will be looking to replicate that effort against another team off to a hot start in the St. Louis Blues.

"I thought we started on time, which is obviously important," head coach Bill Peters said. "We haven't done that on a consistent basis. That was something that was a staple of our program, and it needs to become something that we can rely on. That was important."

After winning their first three road games of the season, the Blues have since won just one of their last four away from St. Louis (1-2-1). Even still, at 7-2-1 (15 points), the Blues pace the Central Division through the first 10 games of the season.

The Hurricanes now sit at 4-3-1 (nine points) on the season heading into their pair of weekend home games against Western Conference opponents.

"We have higher aspirations than being in and around .500, but you have to do it each and every night and each guy has to make a commitment to doing it right," Peters said.

CANESPR NOTES: The Hurricanes have registered a point in four out of their last five games against the Blues at home (2-1-2). ... Jeff Skinner has recorded 11 points (8g, 3a) in 10 career games against St. Louis.


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