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Preview: Hurricanes at Oilers

Carolina hoping to get, maintain lead; Edmonton looking to bounce back from first loss

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

HURRICANES (0-0-2) at OILERS (2-1-0)

9 p.m. ET; SNOL, FS-CR, NHL.TV


Hurricanes team scope

The Carolina Hurricanes gave up two three-goal leads in its first two games of the season, losing 5-4 in overtime at the Winnipeg Jets on Friday and 4-3 in overtime at the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. They are looking to get out in front again but maintain the lead. "We just have to keep playing the same way," coach Bill Peters said Tuesday. "It's a problem, but it's a good problem to have. We'll see if we can just play a complete game, 60 minutes. … I think we made some mistakes. We haven't tried to take our foot off the gas at all. One comeback [against the Jets] was initiated by a shorthanded goal and you can, obviously, avoid that situation. One comeback started with an [offensive] zone penalty. Clean up that and away you go." The Hurricanes will make three changes to their lineup Tuesday. Defenseman Jakub Nakladal and left wing Phillip Di Giuseppe each will make his season debut, and right wing Martin Frk will make his NHL debut.


Oilers team scope

The Edmonton Oilers are looking to rebound after a 6-2 loss against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. They were to have off Monday but decided to practice and take Wednesday off instead. "We're looking to end the pain of a loss a lot quicker than we have in the past," coach Todd McLellan said. "But we also have to be able to balance the other end of the scale too [wins]. That was a bit of a test for us the other night. We didn't do a real good job of the fun part of the wins and now we'll see if we can handle a not-so-good loss. We're learning that as we go." Goaltender Cam Talbot will start. He was pulled after giving up the fourth goal against the Sabres, but re-entered the game when backup Jonas Gustavsson was injured. "We talked about it after last game, that game is over with and we get to move on," Talbot said. "It's a positive group in here and we're ready to move on tonight."


Hurricanes projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Victor Rask -- Lee Stempniak

Joakim Nordstrom -- Jordan Staal -- Phillip Di Giuseppe

Teuvo Teravainen -- Elias Lindholm -- Sebastian Aho

Bryan Bickell -- Jay McClement -- Martin Frk

Ron Hainsey -- Justin Faulk

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Noah Hanifin -- Jakub Nakladal

Cam Ward

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Klas Dahlbeck, Andrej Nestrasil, Viktor Stalberg

Injured: Ryan Murphy (lower body)


Oilers projected lineup 

Milan Lucic -- Connor McDavid -- Jordan Eberle

Benoit Pouliot -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Zack Kassian

Patrick Maroon -- Leon Draisaitl -- Anton Slepyshev

Tyler Pitlick -- Mark Letestu -- Anton Lander

Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson

Andrej Sekera -- Kris Russell

Darnell Nurse -- Mark Fayne

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Eric Gryba, Jesse Puljujarvi

Injured: Drake Caggiula (hip), Matt Hendricks (lower body), Iiro Pakarinen (knee), Brandon Davidson (upper body), Jonas Gustavsson (head)


Status report

Puljujarvi will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season. The No. 4 selection in the 2016 NHL Draft has one goal in three games. … Brossoit was called up from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League to replace Gustavsson. … Dahlbeck, Nestrasil and Stalberg were removed from the lineup after playing in the first two games.


Who's hot

McDavid has three goals and three assists in his first three games. He was named NHL First Star on Monday. … Eberle has two goals and two assists in his first three games. … Stempniak has one goal and two assists in his first two games. … Faulk has one goal and two assists in his first two games.

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