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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.
The Hurricanes will be on the ice at PNC Arena at 10:30 a.m. for their morning skate, which will stream live on CarolinaHurricanes.com; in the season’s debut episode of Storm Surge
, Michelle McMahon will be joined by Canes defenseman James Wisniewski to bring you live coverage of the Canes’ morning skate. Until then, check out our game preview below.Last updated: 4:45 p.m.
BEFORE THE FACEOFF
Michelle McMahon sets the table for tonight's cross-conference match-up!
REPLAY: STORM SURGE1:30 p.m.
Hurricanes defenseman James Wisniewski, who is on the mend after having ACL surgery, provided valuable insight on today's episode of Storm Surge, which also provided live coverage of the morning skate. Miss it, or just want to see it again? Watch the replay below!
PETERS PREGAME11:45 a.m.
Head coach Bill Peters spoke with the media after his team's morning skate. Check out some of what he had to say below.On getting back into game action after four days between games:
"It feels like it’s been forever since we’ve played, so yeah, we’re looking forward to playing today and tomorrow.”On the hard-working week of practice:
"I thought it was a good week. We spent a lot of times in certain areas of our game. ... I’m happy with where we’re at.”On how the Canes prepared in practice:
"The preparation we did was for the month of November, not just the game. Especially when you’re playing a Western Conference opponent, you don’t dial in on them; you dial in on yourself.”On the month ahead:
"We have a very favorable schedule at home this month, and we have to take advantage of that. We’ll see the progress we make. It starts tonight.”On Eddie Lack starting:
"We knew both goalies were going to play, so one was getting tonight and the other guy is getting tomorrow. You look at the head-to-head stats, Cam Ward has very good numbers against Ottawa historically throughout his career.”
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE10:30 a.m.
Though head coach Bill Peters said he may mix the lines up again this morning, he kept them consistent with what we saw at practice on Thursday.
E. Staal-J. Staal-Lindholm
Brad Malone and Michal Jordan will be the healthy extras. We'll have more from inside the room after the skate.
CANES HOST WEST’S BEST6:00 a.m.
Following a four-day cessation, the Carolina Hurricanes resume their four-game homestand by hosting the Dallas Stars, the Western Conference’s top team.
The Canes come into tonight’s match-up, the front half of a back-to-back set, having won three of their last four games. However, the team is just 1-3-0 at home this season, and that’s a mark Carolina wants to immediately correct in a month that features nine of the first 11 games in Raleigh.
“I’m worried about playing the game well,” head coach Bill Peters said after practice on Thursday. “We want to play well at home. We’ve been good on the road. We’ve won three of our last four, and we want to continue that positive momentum on.”
Coming to town for the only time this season is a 10-3-0 Dallas club that, with 20 points, sits atop the Central Division and Western Conference. The Stars have won four of their last five games, most recently topping the Boston Bruins 5-3 on Tuesday night.
“They’re a very explosive and dangerous team, obviously,” Peters said.
Just how dangerous? Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin each have 20 points, which ranks one-two in the league in scoring. For comparison’s sake, Kris Versteeg and Victor Rask, the Canes’ two leading scorers, have combined for 18 points.
“We’ve got to look after that,” Peters said of the Benn and Seguin combination. “They’re deeper than that, too. Their offense goes beyond one line.”
It’s not clear just yet how the Canes will counter, both in their lineup and their starting goaltender. Peters put together one set of line combinations for practice on Wednesday, another set for Thursday and likely another set for Friday’s morning skate, he said.
“We’ve practiced so much this week that we want guys to be ready to play with other people,” he said. “We switched out the D pairs [Wednesday] and put them back in order today. We’ll see what Dallas does with their lineup, and we’ll react accordingly.”
One lineup decision is already known: Joakim Nordstrom will not play, as he was assigned to Charlotte Thursday afternoon for a conditioning stint. The Swedish forward has missed the team’s last nine games with a lower-body injury.CANESPR NOTES:
Though the Hurricanes are 7-4-0 against the Stars at PNC Arena, Dallas has claimed victory in three of the last four meetings in Raleigh. In last year’s two-game season series, the visiting team won each game. … Benn, the NHL’s leading scorer, has 11 points (6g, 5a) in nine career games against Carolina. … Jordan Staal is two points shy of 100 Hurricanes points.
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