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Gameday: Wild vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s cross-conference match-up between the Minnesota Wild 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 tilt can be found below. The Hurricanes will hold a 10:30 a.m. morning skate at PNC Arena, and we’ll be rinkside to bring you updates, as always.

Last updated: 2:30 p.m.



BEFORE THE FACEOFF
2:30 p.m.

Michelle McMahon sets the stage prior to tonight's Wild-Hurricanes match-up on Veterans Appreciation Night.




PETERS PREGAME
11:45 a.m.

Head coach Bill Peters met with the gathered media in Raleigh after the team's morning skate. Here's a sampling of what he had to say.

On tonight's game: "Two good teams going at it. They're quick, and we've played fast here recently. Let's make sure we do a good job against the Koivu line. They're deep and deep with speed. ... We've got to play fast."

On Hanifin getting back into the lineup: "I expect him to come in and contribute. I expect him to come in, move pucks, skate, be hard to play against, be physical in our own end and do good things."

On his team's starts: "Starts haven't been a problem. You look at the last two games. The Ottawa game, I don't think I'd change it. The start in New York, I don't think I'd change it. We gave up three shots in the period.

On scoring: "Scoring throughout the 60 minutes is a problem."

On the power play chances in New York: "I didn't think the power play was very good, obviously. It was a little bit of everything. We lacked pace coming up the ice, and we lacked execution in the zone. It wasn't good."




CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
10:30 a.m.

Here are the lines utilized by the Hurricanes in this morning's skate. They're tweaked just slightly from Tuesday night's game in New York.

E. Staal-Rask-Lindholm
Gerbe-J. Staal-Terry
Skinner-Nash-Versteeg
Nestrasil-McClement-Nordstrom

Hainsey-Faulk
Liles-Pesce
Hanifin-Murphy

Ward
Lack

Healthy extras tonight will be forward Brad Malone and defenseman Michal Jordan. We'll have more updates from inside the locker room in just a bit.




CANES BEGIN CRUCIAL FIVE-GAME HOMESTAND
6:00 a.m.

A season-long, five-game homestand begins for the Carolina Hurricanes tonight as they host the Minnesota Wild in their lone Raleigh appearance of the season.
WILD vs. HURRICANES
Wild vs. Hurricanes
PNC ARENA | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
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TWEETMAIL NO. 87: GAMEDAY & MORE
RECAP: CANES SHUT OUT BY LUNDQVIST, NYR
VIDEOS
RINK REPORT: NOV. 11
RAW: BILL PETERS, 11/11
GAMEDAY LINKS
BUY TICKETS
VETERANS APPRECIATION DAY
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST

Having lost three of their first four games in the home-heavy month of November and looking to gain ground in the standings at 6-9-0 (12 points), the Hurricanes are aware of how vital this impending homestand is.

“It’s huge. We’ve talked about it numerous times,” head coach Bill Peters said after Wednesday’s practice. “We know how big it is.”

A key for the Canes in order to commence this home stretch on the right foot will be 5-on-5 scoring, something that has been absent from the team’s last two games. Most recently on Tuesday night in Manhattan, the Hurricanes were blanked by Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers, 3-0.

“We’re going to have to score,” Peters said, simply. “We worked on some offense today, and it’s going to be important for the rest of the month.”

Though the Hurricanes sent 67 shots toward the Rangers’ net, 33 of which found Lundqvist, they could not break through. The power play wasn’t doing the Canes many favors; it was 0-for-6 and had eight shots while the Rangers’ two power plays, though unsuccessful on the scoresheet, generated nine shots and, importantly, momentum.

“We’ve got to start scoring on the power play and having some confidence out there,” Kris Versteeg said after the game. “I know it’s tough when you’re not scoring, and it’s easier said than done, but that could change the game, and it didn’t. We’ve got to figure it out.”

So, what can you do?

“You stay with it,” Peters said.

You get one goal, and perhaps more follow.

“It gets contagious, and you get a little bit of momentum,” Peters said. “It will come, and we need it to come sooner rather than later.”

Though not as defensively stingy as the Rangers but slightly more potent offensively, Minnesota presents the next challenge for the Canes. The Wild began the month of November with a three-game stand and compiled a 2-1-0 record in that stretch, finishing with two straight wins over Tampa Bay and Winnipeg. Tonight marks the beginning of a four-game road swing for the 9-3-2 (20 points) Minnesota club.

The Hurricanes assigned forward Brock McGinn to Charlotte on Tuesday morning. With a healthy Joakim Nordstrom back in the fold, the Canes are carrying an extra forward and an extra defenseman. The Canes have not named a starting goaltender, but both Cam Ward and Eddie Lack have yet to lose in regulation against the Wild in their careers (a combined 5-0-2).

CANESPR NOTES: The Hurricanes rank second in the NHL in faceoff win percentage (53.7 percent). Jordan Staal paces the team in that category at 57.3 percent. … The Canes have earned points in six of their last nine games against the Wild, though Minnesota won both meetings in regulation last season.



Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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