The Canes will face off against the Wings in their first of four tournament games at 7:30 p.m., just over 24 hours after practicing together for the first time as a team. But the Hurricanes made the most of their ice time, running through a 90-minute practice on Thursday and a near hour-long morning skate on Friday.
“That’s the longest pregame skate I’ve ever had but also the shortest amount of time I’ve ever had to prepare a team for an event,” head coach Mark Morris said. “We took full advantage of the extra ice time to work through some of the hiccups we saw.”
The Hurricanes will ice a lineup that features a potent scoring threat on the first line in Brock McGinn, Lucas Wallmark and Sergey Tolchinsky. Just a year ago, it was another Swede, Victor Rask, centering McGinn and Tolchinsky.
“As an organization, people are acclimated to how these guys perform. I think I’d be foolish not to take the advice of the people who know them best,” Morris said. “Based on what I saw today, there seemed to be a little chemistry there. We’ll build on it and continue to look for any chemistry that can give us some early success.”
Trevor Carrick and Brett Pesce combine for the team’s top defensive pair while Haydn Fleury pairs with Roland McKeown and Jaccob Slavin and Josh Wesley round out the group of six.
Rasmus Tirronen, the elder of the Canes’ tournament roster, will get the nod in net.
We’ll have live game updates from West Rink at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City on @Canes_Gameday.
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