This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s home opener, featuring the Detroit Red Wings 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 Hurricanes will hold a 10:30 a.m. morning skate at PNC Arena, which is open to the public as per usual, and we’ll have your rinkside updates here. Be sure to find your seats early tonight for the special opening night festivities, as CanesVision has some great stuff planned.Last updated: 2:45 p.m.
BEFORE THE FACEOFF2:45 p.m.
Michelle McMahon sets the table for tonight's home opener!
#REDVOLUTION SNEAK PEEK12:00 p.m.
As mentioned above, CanesVision has some fantastic pregame festivities lined up for tonight's home opener. Below, check out a quick clip of what to expect on the videoboard.
PETERS PREGAME11:45 a.m.
Head coach Bill Peters spoke with the media after his team's morning skate. Here's a sampling of what he had to say.On expectations for tonight:
"It’s going to be a lot of fun here tonight and a great atmosphere, similar to what we had Thursday on the road. We look to capitalize on the atmosphere, get off to a good start and play the way we did in the second half of the game in Nashville.”On the keys to victory:
"Execution and puck management. They don’t give you a lot of room, so when they do give you the opportunity to make a play, you have to realize that and make sure you’re executing and making plays.”On accounting for Wisniewski's absence:
"We’ll put Michal Jordan in that spot to play with John-Michael Liles, and he can play the off side so he’ll be comfortable there. It’s a great opportunity for those young guys. ... They know they’re going to be in the lineup and counted on heavily. I think we’re fine. I think we’ll be OK with this.”On Wisniewski's injury:
"I called him once I got the information on what was going on. He’s been through it before, so he knows what he’s up against. He’s a strong guy mentally, and he’s going to do what he has to do. ... He’ll work at it, get himself back and continue his career. We’ll support him the best we can.”On keeping Wisniewski involved throughout the season:
“Guaranteed. I want him on some trips and in the room. He’s a part of it. We’re going to help him in recovery and make sure he’s in a good state.”
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE10:30 a.m.
Here's how the Canes will line up tonight against the Red Wings.
The forward line have been shuffled a bit with Eric Staal moving back to the left wing with Victor Rask in the middle. Riley Nash slides back to his natural center position onthe third line.
"I just didn’t like the tempo off the bench the other way. I don’t think guys play enough the way it was set up," Peters said Thursday after practice. "There’s not enough rhythm off the bench. That’s why we have to make that change.”
Michal Jordan draws into the lineup in place of James Wisniewski, pairing with John-Michael Liles. Noah Hanifin will make his PNC Arena debut.
Brad Malone will be a healthy extra for the second straight game, while Danny Biega, recalled Friday from Charlotte, will also be a healthy scratch.
Cam Ward gets the nod in net.
We'll have more from inside the room in just a bit.
CANES OPEN HOME SCHEDULE AGAINST DETROIT6:00 a.m.
After opening the 2015-16 campaign on the road in Nashville Thursday, the Carolina Hurricanes return to Raleigh for their first of 41 games at PNC Arena, and they will host the Detroit Red Wings in front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd.
The Hurricanes are hoping to ride the wave of energy provided by the 18,600-plus that will be in attendance, similar to the Predators’ surge in the first period of Thursday night’s match; Nashville held a 2-0 lead and dominated possession before the Hurricanes could settle into the game.
“We’d like to flip the switch, similar to what Nashville did,” head coach Bill Peters said. “Nashville got off to a real good start and used the energy from the crowd and home opener. They had a good first period, and we need to do the same tomorrow.”
Once the Hurricanes did establish their game at Bridgestone Arena in what ultimately was a 2-1 loss, there was a lot to like for Peters when reviewing tape.
“There was more good than bad. I didn’t like our start, and all three penalties are avoidable,” he said. “Other than that, I liked our game and our intensity on faceoffs. I thought once we settled down, we were good.”
Result aside, there is one looming negative aspect from Thursday’s game: the Hurricanes will be without James Wisniewski for the next six months. The 31-year-old defenseman suffered a torn ACL on his second shift of the regular season.
As a result, Michal Jordan will draw into the lineup, Peters said, and Danny Biega was recalled from Charlotte on Friday afternoon.
“[Jordan] should be in the lineup for the foreseeable future. It’s a great opportunity for all those young guys,” Peters said. “The old guys always had to step up. They’re obviously going to have to play big, valuable minutes.”
Tonight’s opponent will become a familiar one. In somewhat of a scheduling oddity, the Hurricanes will play the entirety of their three-game season series against the Red Wings in 18 days. In fact, the Canes will make two trips to Detroit in their seven-game stretch away from PNC Arena in that begins next week.
“I don’t think there’s much to exploit. They’re very structured and have a good team game,” Peters said of Detroit. “There’s going to be very little free room and free ice, so you’ve got to compete for your space.”
The Red Wings, with Jeff Blashill at the helm, shut out Mike Babcock’s Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 in their season opener on Friday night. Petr Mrazek is expected to get the start in net for Detroit, though Jimmy Howard stopped all 22 shots he saw against Toronto.
Cam Ward will be back in net for the Hurricanes after a valiant effort in Nashville, in which he made 23 saves on 25 shots.CANESPR NOTES:
The Hurricanes and Red Wings’ combined rosters for Saturday’s game will feature 10 Swedes, four of which play for Carolina – Elias Lindholm, Joakim Nordstrom, Victor Rask and Eddie Lack. … Detroit has won 27 of the last 35 meetings between the two teams, including 16 of the last 19. The Red Wings won all three games in the season series a year ago.
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