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Prospects Gameday: Hurricanes vs. Red Wings

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - It all comes down to this.

The Carolina Hurricanes, who finished a perfect 3-0 in round-robin play, will face off with the Detroit Red Wings for the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup in the NHL Prospects Tournament's championship game tonight at 7 p.m.

"It will be really fun tomorrow playing in the championship game," forward Clark Bishop said after Monday's game. "It's my third year here so far, and you can just see the team progress every year. It's good to see we're doing so well."

"It's going to be easy to get up for this one," defenseman Roland McKeown said. "This is an exciting opportunity for our group in here. We're chomping at the bit here. We're looking forward to it."

The Hurricanes scored a tournament-high 14 goals in three preliminary round games, besting the Rangers 4-3 in overtime, topping the Wild 4-2 and defeating the Stars 6-3. Opposite Carolina in the Gordie Howe Division, Detroit posted a 2-1 record and earned a championship game berth with their win over St. Louis on Monday night.

The Hurricanes will now be searching for their first tournament title since 2009, which was also the first year they began playing in Traverse City's annual prospects showcase.

"We've become better and closer every day," McKeown said. "We're getting a little more used to the system, and that's what it's all about here. It's go, go, go, but at the same time you've got to perform your system, and that's what we've been doing."

Carolina did not skate Tuesday morning, opting instead to stretch as a team on the beach. The team will ice the same lineup seen Monday night against Dallas, and goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic will make his third start of the tournament.

You're not going to want to miss a second of tonight's action, which will be streaming live through the FOX Sports GO app. If you can't access the stream or don't have a paid television subscription, we'll also have live video available on Finally, we'll be rinkside at Centre Ice Arena to bring you live Twitter updates on @Canes_Gameday beginning shortly before 7 p.m.




Scratches: Fleury (lower body), Peters, Smallman, Helvig

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