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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 Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, videos, photos and more as puck drop draws near.
A preview of tonight’s cross-conference match-up can be found below. The Canes will be on the ice at PNC Arena for a 10:30 a.m. morning skate, and we’ll have your rinkside updates then!Last updated: 4:45 p.m.
BEFORE THE FACEOFF4:45 p.m.
Prepping you for tonight's cross-conference match-up between the Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes.
QUOTE 'EM12:00 p.m.
Head coach Bill Peters met with the media after the morning skate, and here's a sampling of what he had to say.On putting the Staal brothers back together on a line:
"Might, yeah, I’m not sure. We’ve got some guys, a little flu bug going through. A day off, basically, yesterday and didn’t have much contact with the guys. Murph was a little under the weather and still looks pretty white to me, so we’ll warm everybody up here tonight to make sure we’re covered."On the Canes' specialty teams:
"[The power play] has been good for a while here now. The penalty kill will get back on track. A little more practice time and video sessions for the young guys on it now. I expect it to get back to where it was and recover. The power play, there’s no reason it can’t sustain the success it’s had."On the goaltending situation down the stretch:
"We’ve gone game-by-game all year, and we won’t change that now. Dobby is going to go tonight for sure, and we’ll see what he can do with his opportunity. ... I don’t want to simply get into a rotation. I want it to be much more competitive than that."On the opposition:
"They’re a good team. They play fast. They’ve got speed throughout their lineup."
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE10:30 a.m.
Here's how the Canes lined up this morning.
E. Staal-J. Staal-Semin
Brad Malone and John-Michael Liles will be tonight's healthy extras. We'll have more updates from inside the locker room following the skate.
HOMESTAND CONTINUES AS CANES HOST STARS6:00 a.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes earned a historic win in Dallas on Nov. 18, their first in the city since Feb. 11, 1996.
In that game, the Hurricanes erased a 2-0 first-period deficit with a four-goal second period, which propelled the team to a 6-4 win, just their second in Dallas since the Stars’ relocation in 1993-94.
Tonight, the Canes have a chance to sweep the two-game season series, which would be a first (disregarding the two years in which the Canes won the single meeting between the teams) since the 1987-88 season, when Hartford won all three games against the Minnesota North Stars.
The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, a game in which Carolina led 3-1 after one period. Three power-play tallies from Columbus, including two off the stick of Scott Hartnell, forced overtime and the eventual shootout, where Ryan Johansen scored the deciding goal.
“They got better. They built a game on the road, competed harder and took advantage of their power plays,” head coach Bill Peters said after the game. “I don’t think we did a good job staying with it.”
At the beginning of the week, the Canes ranked first in the league in penalty killing. They’ve since dropped to third at 85.8 percent after allowing a combined five power-play goals in the last two games, the first time the team allowed at least two power-play tallies in one game since Oct. 11.
“We’ve got to get that chemistry developed amongst those new guys that we had with the existing guys from earlier in the year,” Peters said on Wednesday. “Once we get that, we’ll be back on track. Smitty (assistant coach Steve Smith) is working at it. I know they had a meeting today regarding the penalty kill, and they’ll get it figured out to become a good unit.”
A factor in the Canes’ misadventures on the man disadvantage in the last two games has been time spent in the box. The team has been whistled for eight penalties in the last two games compared to four total in the four games prior.
“There’s no question that’s part of it, and some keys guys taking penalties that are part of the penalty kill unit, which makes it even harder,” Peters said. “Some stick penalties that we can eliminate by moving our feet and working a little bit smarter.”
The Stars are in the midst of a five-game road trip, tonight marking the fourth game of the trip. Dallas defeated Philadelphia 2-1 on Tuesday night, and the team has won three of its last four games.
“They’re a high-octane group. They score a lot of goals,” Peters said of the Stars. “They get up and down the ice and play real fast. When we’re on top of our game, we do too. I expect a very entertaining game with a lot of tempo.”
NOTES: Five players have points in two straight games: Elias Lindholm (3g, 3a), Eric Staal (1g, 4a), Justin Faulk (1g, 3a), Victor Rask (1g, 2a) and Ryan Murphy (0g, 2a). … The Hurricanes are 7-3-0 against the Stars at PNC Arena, though Dallas has won two of the last three meetings in Raleigh.