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Prospects Gameday: Hurricanes vs. Wild

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - After a hard-fought, thrilling 4-3 overtime win over the New York Rangers in their first game of the NHL Prospects Tournament on Friday night, the Carolina Hurricanes earned Saturday morning off.

Off the ice, at least. The team held off-ice activities in the morning in preparation for their second game of the tournament, a 7 p.m. faceoff tonight against the Minnesota Wild.

"I thought we had a pretty good game. Especially in the third period, we found a way to be real clean with the puck in our transition game, which is phenomenal," head coach Ulf Samuelsson said Friday night. "The pace was high. The pace of the game surprised me a little bit in how good it was."

Janne Kuokkanen, Haydn Fleury, Lucas Wallmark and Sergey Tolchinsky tallied goals for the Canes in Friday night's win. Tolchinsky's game on a highlight-reel move in overtime, as he spun around a defender, dangled and slid the puck to the back of the net to lift his team to victory.

Defenseman Haydn Fleury remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury after awkwardly spinning and tumbling to the ice in overtime on Friday. With three games remaining over the next four days and training camp looming next week, the Hurricanes could opt to hold Fleury out for precautionary reasons. In Fleury's absence, the Hurricanes have summoned the services of Tyler Ganly, who makes his fourth appearance in the tournament.

Some line adjustments have been made heading into tonight's game against the Wild, who fell 3-1 to the Dallas Stars on Friday. Kuokkanen will slide into the middle, while Andrew Poturalski will man the right wing. Forward Mike Ferrantino and defenseman Ben Gleason both draw into the lineup after sitting during Friday's game, while Hudson Elynuik and Alex Peters will be tonight's healthy scratches.

Callum Booth, selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Draft, will get the start in net.

If you missed it on Friday, be sure to check it out tonight: all Prospects Tournament games are streaming through the FOX Sports GO app. If you have trouble accessing the app or don't have a paid television provider, we'll have all the action available to you live on Finally, we'll be overlooking David's Rink in Traverse City tonight to bring you live game updates on @Canes_Gameday.




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

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