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Gameday: Jets vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

Sunday Funday!

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information you need to know for tonight's cross-conference tilt between the Winnipeg Jets and Carolina Hurricanes. Make 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 hold a 10:30 a.m. morning skate at PNC Arena, where we'll be seated rinkside to bring you the latest gameday information.

Last updated: 5:20 p.m.

5:20 p.m.

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

Video: Tools to Victory: WPG vs CAR

12:15 p.m.

Hear from defensemen Noah Hanifin and Trevor van Riemsdyk, as they put tonight's Jets-Canes match-up on a tee.

Video: Noah Hanifin: "Almost like a third d-man"

Video: Trevor van Riemsdyk: "Intense time of the year"

11:55 a.m.

Head coach Bill Peters spoke with the media after his team's morning skate at PNC Arena. Here are some highlights from what he had to say, and his full availability can be seen below.

On the team's recent play: "Our team game is in a better place than it has been for a while. We're competitive right now, we're playing hard and all four lines can go out and play against anybody. What we do with the D if we flip D-men around, we can play all three sets against anybody here, and we're going to need that against a real deep Winnipeg team."

On the stretch run of the season: "We're not going to win if we don't have the proper identity. That's obvious to me, and I think it's become obvious to our group. If we're not engaged emotionally and physically in the game, we're not a very effective hockey team. We need to be desperate. It comes quick now. We're down to 17 [games left], I believe. It goes quick. Let's not waste an opportunity. Make sure you're prepared and willing."

On developing a winning culture: "Each guy has to choose their attitude and how they're going to come to work. They're coming into work and working hard with a positive attitude. We believe we're going to get in. We really do. That's how we approach it and look at every day. … Tonight is a stiff test for us but we're excited about the opportunity to play a really good team."

On Cam Ward starting his third game in four nights: "Age is just a number."

On tonight's opponent: "They're a real deep team and real mobile on the back-end. All four lines play the same way. They've got an identity they play towards and can be dangerous in multiple situations."

Video: Bill Peters: "We believe we're going to get in"

10:35 a.m.

Here's how the Hurricanes lined up at this morning's skate.

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We'll head inside the room after the skate.

Tweet from @NHLCanes: Skate skate skate skate.

12:00 a.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes will look to win their third straight game when they host the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night.

After finishing February on an ill-timed 0-4-2 slide, the Hurricanes have begun the month of March with two consecutive victories against divisional opponents. On Thursday, the Canes halted the Philadelphia Flyers' six-game winning streak with a 4-1 win. The next night in Raleigh, the Canes topped the New Jersey Devils 3-1.

"We definitely played hard on the road the other night and played hard again tonight. I like the fact that we only gave up one goal in each game," head coach Bill Peters said after Friday's win. "I like the fact that we're not giving up much."

"It's crunch time. We have 17 games left now, and we're in this together. We're in the fight and want to compete," said Cam Ward, who made 46 saves on 48 shots (.958 save percentage) in back-to-back wins. "We've got to go on a run here to get ourselves in the wild card. Seeing Jordo come back too, he's such a big impact player. He's definitely given us life in the last two games."

The two wins vaulted the Hurricanes back into the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference for the time being, though that remains an extremely fluid situation with four teams separated in the standings by just three points.

"Every night is a tough night in this league. You're not just going to roll your sticks out there and win a hockey game without putting the work in," Peter said. "I think our guys are committed to seeing where we can get to and how high we can get. We believe we can make the playoffs. We want to make the playoffs. We're competing at a level that's going to give us a chance."

Sunday's opponent is one the Hurricanes will see for just the second and final time this season. The Winnipeg Jets, who rank second in the Central Division with a 38-17-9 record and 85 points, come into the game winners of six of their last eight. The last meeting between these two teams was just the third game of the season for the Canes and ended 2-1 in favor of Winnipeg.

"It's an exciting time of year. Every goal is huge," said Teuvo Teravainen, who scored the game-winning goal against New Jersey on Friday. "It's a lot of one-goal games. You have to find ways to score."

CANESPR NOTES: Teravainen, who leads the team in scoring with 51 points (18g, 33a), has points in three straight games (3g, 1a). … The Canes are 3-1-1 in their last five games against the Jets.




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