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It’s a 5 p.m. faceoff tonight, so adjust your schedules accordingly. Because of the early puck drop, the Canes will not hold a morning skate, but a preview of this evening’s game and a projected lineup can be found below. Check back here throughout the day for more!Last updated: 3:30 p.m.
WARD TO START, SEKERA IN3:30 p.m.
Cam Ward will start in net, and Andrej Sekera will draw back into the lineup after missing Thursday's game with an upper-body injury, according to head coach Bill Peters.
Jay Harrison will be the healthy extra on defense. Additionally, Brad Malone and Chris Terry (recalled from his conditioning stint) will be the healthy scratches up front.
BEFORE THE FACEOFF3:00 p.m.
Amber Jaye sets the table for tonight's match-up between the Red Wings and Hurricanes!
CANES PROJECTED LINEUP6:00 a.m.
Here’s the group of 12 up front that the Canes utilized in practice on Saturday:
Though Andrej Sekera (upper body) practiced with the team on Saturday, head coach Bill Peters was unsure if the blueliner would be available for today.
“Rusty,” Peters said when asked how Sekera looked in practice. “I’m not sure he’s going yet.”
With that in mind, here’s how the pairings looked in practice (and in Thursday’s game):
Cam Ward (lower body) returned to practice on Saturday, and he is probable for Sunday.
“I think is going to be able to go, and we’ll make that determination [tomorrow],” Peters said. “It was good to have him back on the ice, and I think he got through it fine, but we’ll see how he reacts in the morning.”
PETERS, NESTRASIL FACE FORMER TEAM6:00 a.m.
When the Carolina Hurricanes host the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday evening in the fourth game of a five-game homestand, the game will carry a bit more weight for a couple of faces on the Canes’ bench.
For head coach Bill Peters, it will be his first time facing his former team, with which he spent three seasons as an assistant coach.
But he insisted he’s looking past the personal aspects of the game.
“The focus today was a good practice. Tomorrow, maybe as it gets closer to game time,” he said when asked if he had any initial thoughts about the match-up. “We know how they’re going to play. There are no secrets.”
For forward Andrej Nestrasil, it will be his first time facing his former team, which put him on waivers just over two weeks ago. That gives him a supplementary boost of adrenaline.
“Oh, 100 percent,” he said. “I’m pretty excited. It’s going to be a good time.”
For Peters, the question is more of how to get the two points for his team than the more intimate and emotional elements of facing a familiar bunch.
“It’s about the two points that are available. They play tonight, so we’ll be able to watch them against New York. They’re playing real well right now,” Peters said after a Saturday practice. “They’re dangerous throughout the lineup. Our young guys are going to have to step up and be good. They’re going to be playing some good players.”
Detroit topped the Rangers 3-2 on Saturday night, as head coach Mike Babcock earned his 500th career NHL win. Peters will be looking for his ninth on Sunday. So, will it be weird seeing glass separate him and Babcock?
“Only if you look, right?” he quipped.
Nestrasil has skated in six games with the Hurricanes since being claimed on waivers on Nov. 20. In that stretch, the rookie scored his first-career goal (in his first game with the team, no less) and added his third-career assist.
To score a goal against the team that drafted him in 2009 would be special, to say the least.
“It’s going to be interesting because obviously they know the way I play. They can really prepare to take me out of the game,” he said. “On the other hand, I know their system really well, so I can try to find some loopholes in that and sneak one in. It would be awesome if I could get a goal against them because then the fans in Detroit would go nuts.”
A win, though, would be the sweetest.
“I don’t mean it in a bad way, but it’s the team that put you on waivers. Now you have a chance to prove to them that it wasn’t the right decision,” he said. “I think once I step on the ice, it will be just another game, and hopefully we can get the win. That would really make me happy.”
NOTES: In scoring his first goal of the season on Thursday night, Alexander Semin also tallied his 500th career NHL point. He has posted 93 points in 129 games since joining the Hurricanes. … The Hurricanes will wear their black sweaters tonight for the fourth time this season. They hold a 2-1-0 record this season and a 44-29-6 all-time mark in their alternate set.