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Gameday: Rangers vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game between the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, photos, videos and more as puck drop draws near.

The Canes will be on the ice at PNC Arena for a 10:30 a.m. morning skate that is exclusive for Full Season Ticket Holders. Check back here then for more!

Last updated: 5:15 p.m.



HEY, HEY, WHADDYA SAY?!
5:15 p.m.

The Hurricanes will celebrate John Forslund's 20th season as the television voice of the franchise during a special pregame ceremony. We recommend you find your seats by 6:45 p.m. so you don't miss any of the action, and keep an eye on the video board during breaks in play for congratulatory messages.

Also, be sure to pick up your commemorative t-shirts that feature Forslund's signature catchphrase, "Hey, Hey, Whaddya Say?!" courtesy of Buffalo Brothers. These shirts will be given to the first 5,000 fans in attendance.



BEFORE THE FACEOFF
5:00 p.m.

Setting the table for tonight's Metropolitan Division showdown!




QUOTE 'EM
12:15 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters met with the media after the Canes morning skate.

On forward lines: "Obviously we didn't score in Montreal, so we went back to a lineup that we think matches up better with what they're (New York) going to do here tonight."

On line combinations: "We know what works and what works best. We'll bring Riley Nash back in. We toyed with the idea of playing him on the right side, but we're going to play him in the middle. Skinner, Nash and Semin have been together a lot. There's a comfort level there. There's a comfort level for me with Rasker and Eric Staal together, too. Lindy, as long as he's working hard and moving his feet, that gives us a good line there. We'll use Jordan's line to play against Stepan and go from there."

On John-Michael Liles: "Liles is good to go. That's a pleasant surprise. He was a late addition to practice yesterday. No one expected that, so a credit to him and Pete Friesen for getting him ready."

On the homestand: "No question. [The fans] deserve the best. They deserve high-end, NHL hockey. The only way to deliver that is if both teams play well."



CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
10:45 a.m.

Here's what the Hurricanes looked like in this morning's skate, which was exclusive to Full Season Ticket Holders.

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Gerbe-J. Staal-Nestrasil
Skinner-Nash-Semin
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RANGERS vs. HURRICANES
Rangers vs. Hurricanes
PNC ARENA | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
RECAP: CANES STIFLED BY PRICE, HABS
INFOGRAPHIC: MTL 4, CAR 0
BIEGA MAKES NHL DEBUT IN HOMETOWN
VIDEOS
RINK REPORT: MARCH 20
GAMEDAY LINKS
BUY TICKETS
GIVEAEWAY: FORSLUND T-SHIRT
SOUTH PLAZA PARTY
50/50 RAFFLE
30 PRIZES IN 30 DAYS
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
2015-16 SEASON TICKETS
Hainsey-Faulk
Liles-Biega
Murphy-Bellemore

Khudobin
Ward

We'll have more updates from inside the room following the skate.



CANES BEGIN ANOTHER FIVE-GAME HOMESTAND
6:00 a.m.

Following a brief, one-game jaunt to Montreal, the Carolina Hurricanes have returned home to PNC Arena, where they will again remain for five consecutive home games for the second time this month.

In the team’s first five-game homestand of March, the Canes posted a 1-3-1 record, scoring a 7-4 win over Edmonton and tallying a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to Columbus.

“I thought we would have had a better homestand, to be honest with you,” head coach Bill Peters said after the team’s 2-0 loss to Florida a week ago. “Obviously we wanted more points and more success at home. Now we know what we’re up against and what we have to work with.”

Since then, the Hurricanes have posted a 1-1-1 record, most recently being shut out 4-0 by Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

“I don’t think we competed as hard as we have, and it kind of came out of nowhere, in my opinion. We’ve got to move on,” Peters said after a Friday practice in Raleigh. “Every other day you’re playing games, and you’ve got to move on and respond the right way. I expect us to respond properly against New York.”

The opportunity to respond and build momentum down the stretch of the season happens quickly for the Hurricanes, who face off with the New York Rangers for fifth and final time this season. The Canes have recorded a 0-2-2 record against the Rangers this season, which includes two shootout losses.

“It’s a busy time of the year and an important time of the year. You see the desperation teams are playing with,” Peters said. “There’s a lot going on around the league, and you better be up to speed.”

“We need to show up every night and work hard, whether it’s a practice or a game,” Justin Faulk said after Thursday night’s game in Montreal.

Danny Biega made his NHL debut in his hometown of Montreal on Thursday night. He skated in 14:26 of ice time, recording two blocked shots, three hits and three shot attempts (one blocked and two missed).

“I thought he was good. I thought he handled it real well,” Peters said after the game. “He moved the puck and made some plays. I was happy with Danny and the way he played. He’s a smart player.”

Biega was called up after John-Michael Liles suffered a lower-body injury on Tuesday against Ottawa. Though Liles did not ravel with the team to Montreal, he did practice on Friday. His status for Saturday is yet to be determined.

“If he can play, we’ll put him in for sure,” Peters said. “If he’s cleared, we’ll probably have to make a move there.”

NOTES: The Rangers have won 15 of the last 16 meetings against the Hurricanes. … Anton Khudobin has a 1.65 goals-against average in three career appearances against the Rangers, but he has yet to record a win at 0-2-1.



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