– A day off on Sunday has the Carolina Hurricanes prospects rejuvenated for their final round-robin match-up of the NHL Prospects Tournament which takes place tonight at 6:30 p.m. against the New York Rangers.
“I’m just looking for a lot more energy. There was a concern going into those back-to-back games early. Guys hadn’t really played a lot,” head coach Jeff Daniels said. “They had a day to recover and relax, not even going on the ice. We had a good morning skate today, and we’ll try to get back on the winning track.”
As expected, forward Brock McGinn will return to the lineup tonight after missing Saturday afternoon’s game with a lower-body concern.
“He brings a lot of energy. He’s a guy that can play with the top guys in Rask and Tolchinsky, but he can also kill penalties, score goals and create some energy getting in on the forecheck,” Daniels said. “He does all of the little things that, as coaches, you look for.”
Alex Nedeljkovic will start in net for the Canes. He made 34 saves in a 6-1 win over Buffalo on Friday.
“He had a good performance the other day,” Daniels said. “Hopefully we’re a little better in front of him as a team and don’t make him work as hard as he did the other day.”
Forward Clark Bishop, who left Saturday’s game after blocking a shot off the foot, is back in the lineup for the Canes tonight, centering Carter Sandlak and Dryden Hunt on the fourth line.
By the time the puck drops at 6:30 p.m., the Canes will know what they are playing for heading into Tuesday’s tournament-capping slate of games. Should Buffalo defeat Dallas in regulation (3 p.m. game), the Canes could play in the championship game with a regulation win over New York. If Dallas earns at least a point, the best Carolina could finish in the Ted Lindsay Division is second.
On the other side of the tournament standings, Columbus has the Gordie Howe Division locked up with six points; Detroit, Minnesota and St. Louis each have two.
As always, we'll have your live rinkside updates tonight on @Canes_Gameday.
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