One last time, with feeling.
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The Hurricanes will hold their last morning skate at 10:30 a.m. at PNC Arena. Due to a number of events happening around the rink, the skate is closed to the public, but we’ll have all of your rinkside updates right here.
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BEFORE THE FACEOFF5:00 p.m.
QUOTE 'EM11:35 a.m.
Head coach Bill Peters met with the media following the Canes last morning skate of the season.On the season:
"It’s been a blur. They always do. It’s amazing how quick they go. ... It flew by again, and it seems to go by quicker and quicker every year."On if tonight will be similar to Tuesday's game in Detroit:
"I don’t think there’s going to be a whole bunch different. I think their guys want to play well on their behalf heading into the playoffs and have good habits. We want to finish strong. We know there’s not going to be a lot of room out there tonight, so if you can wrap your head around the fact that you’ve got to compete for your space and be strong on pucks, you have a chance to be successful. I’d like to see the same type of effort and intensity as we had Thursday."On the importance of finishing on a positive note:
"It’s real important. I don’t think we were proud of the way we played in Buffalo and the effort we had that. We had a good effort in Detroit and Philly, so now here we are: game 82. You don’t want to leave with a sour taste, so just go out and give yourself a chance to be successful by working hard, working smart and doing it right."
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE10:30 a.m.
It appears the Canes will utilize the same lineup in game No. 82 as they did on Thursday night in Philadelphia.
E. Staal-J. Staal-Semin
We'll have more from inside the room after the skate.
CANES CLOSE OUT SEASON VS. DETROIT6:00 a.m.
For the Carolina Hurricanes, the road of the 2014-15 regular season ends here: game No. 82.
The Canes host the Red Wings in their regular-season finale, the second time the two teams have faced off in five days. Carolina made their first and only stop in Detroit on Tuesday night on the second half of a back-to-back set, and they were edged 3-2 by the Red Wings.
It was a game that was the Hurricanes’ most competitive on the road in their five previous.
“It was intense. They were desperate to close it out and make sure they’re in the playoffs, and we wanted to make sure it didn’t happen. Unfortunately they got the better of us in the third period and got it done,” Eric Staal said after the game. “You’re happy with the effort, but it’s no fun losing.”
Since then, Detroit did indeed clinch a playoff berth for the 24th consecutive season, and the Hurricanes carried their competitive edge over to Thursday night’s tilt in Philadelphia, a 3-1 win for the road squad and their fourth straight over the Flyers this season.
“It was a bit of a gritty one,” Brett Bellemore said after the game. “Especially Keegan (Lowe), he stepped up with a couple big fights and got us going.”
The Canes received vital contributions from the blue line in Philadelphia, as Bellemore and Ryan Murphy, who scored the game-winning goal on a power play, tallied goals for the Canes. Jordan Staal sealed the win with a late empty-netter.
“Any time you can get two goals from D-men, you’re doing well,” Peters said. “We’ve wanted our D to be active, and it’s nice to get offensive contributions from them tonight.”
Another defenseman made an impact in a noticeable way, and he was one making his NHL debut: Keegan Lowe fought Vincent Lecavalier twice, as he whaled on the veteran forward in the first bout and fended off somewhat of a surprise battle in the second.
“The first time it was just a battle and it ended up – by no means was I like, ‘Oh, this is Lecavalier.’ It ended up happening. It’s hockey, right?” Lowe said. “No love lost for him. He’s a great player and always has been. He wanted his lick, and he got it. Game’s over and we got the win, so I’m happy.”
The Hurricanes finished with a 12-25-4 record on the road this season, and tonight is an opportunity for the team to improve their points percentage at home to .549 (currently 18-15-7), which would be their best mark since 2011-12. It will also be the deciding game of the Canes and Red Wings three-game season series.
NOTES: Quite strange are the penalty statistics from this season. The Hurricanes have played 11 penalty-free games in their history, and five have come in this season alone. The last was earlier in the week in Buffalo, when neither team was whistled for an infraction, the first time that has happened in franchise history since Jan. 26, 1980. … Nathan Gerbe carries a two-game point streak (1g, 1a) into the Canes’ final game.