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At the Rink: Hurricanes at Red Wings

by Paul Harris

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings (3-0-0) look to keep their season-opening win streak going while the Carolina Hurricanes (0-3-0) search for their first win of 2015-16 at Joe Louis Arena on Friday.

Detroit won 4-3 when they played Oct. 10 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., despite Carolina's 47-19 shot advantage, 34-8 through the first two periods.

"We're going to face an opponent tonight that I know is going to be ready to play from the drop of the puck, and they're going to play extremely hard," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We better be ready to play. If we're ready to play then good things have a better chance of happening. So where we're at as a hockey team, we're continuing to grow."

Hurricanes right wing Kris Versteeg said his team has to do a better job in the third period. Detroit scored three goals in the third period in their previous game, and in three games they've been outscored 6-2 in the third period.

"We had a really good start," he said of the past Red Wings game. "We were energized and feeding off the energy of the building and off of each other from the drop of the puck. But we couldn't sustain it in the third period and they did what they had to do to win."

Carolina coach Bill Peters said he wants to see his team play 60 minutes the way it did the first two periods Oct. 10.

"We have to play with that intensity and tempo. I thought we managed the puck, for the most part, real well that night," he said. "We were strong on 50/50 puck battles and we've got to be that way again here this evening."

Blashill said he wants the Red Wings to stay focused after their 3-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

"I think every day you get a chance to prove what you are as a team," he said. "So far we've won three games ... but the reverse of that is sports are relentless and you have to continue to excel to have a chance to succeed."

Jimmy Howard will be in goal for the Red Wings after Petr Mrazek made 44 saves in the first game against the Hurricanes.

"We've got to get to their goaltender. We have to spend some time in the [offensive] zone," Peters said. " ... We need to have some motion and play heavy. If we get some looks, we have to bury them."

Blashill and Peters were assistant coaches with the Red Wings in 2011-12 on Mike Babcock's staff.

The Hurricanes begin a seven-game road trip because of the state fair at PNC Arena.

Here are the projected lineups:


Brock McGinn - Eric Staal - Kris Versteeg

Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Victor Rask

Jeff Skinner - Elias Lindholm - Chris Terry

Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Andrej Nestrasil

Ron Hainsey - Justin Falk

John-Michael Liles - Michal Jordan

Noah Hanifin - Ryan Murphy

Cam Ward

Eddie Lack

Injured: James Wisniewski (knee), Riley Nash (shoulder), Joakim Nordstrom (undisclosed)

Scratched: Brett Pesce


Justin Abdelkader - Henrik Zetterberg - Dylan Larkin

Tomas Tatar - Brad Richards - Tomas Jurco

Gustav Nyquist - Riley Sheahan - Teemu Pulkkinen

Drew Miller - Luke Glendening - Landon Ferraro

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey - Mike Green

Brendan Smith - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Injured: Pavel Datsyuk (ankle), Darren Helm (shoulder, concussion), Danny DeKeyser (foot), Johan Franzen (concussion-like symptoms)

Scratched: Alexey Marchenko, Joakim Andersson

Status update: McGinn will make his NHL debut. … Franzen was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

Who's hot: Faulk leads the Hurricanes with three points. … Zetterberg is tied for the League lead with seven points.

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