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Hurricanes at Jets preview

Byfuglien returns to Winnipeg lineup; Darling to make third consecutive start for Carolina

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

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

7 p.m. ET; SN1, CITY, FS-CR, NHL.TV

 
The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes begin a four-game road trip against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Saturday after taking three of a possible four points in their first two games. Goaltender Scott Darling makes his third straight start for the Hurricanes, who haven't played since a 2-1 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at PNC Arena on Tuesday. 

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will return after missing two games with a lower-body injury. Byfuglien said the injury had been lingering since training camp and he needed some rest to let it heal. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck will make his third straight start. He's 2-0-0 this season with a 2.59 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.

 

Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has two assists in two games. Aho had 49 points (24 goals, 25 assists) in 82 games during his rookie season in 2016-17.

Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers has five points (four goals, one assist) in his first four games this season, including a hat trick in a 5-2 win at the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.

 

They said it

"I've liked the way we've played. We've got to get to our game early here. We haven't played in a long time, it's a little unusual, a little rusty in that regard. We want to get our guys out there, get our game established. That will be our challenge here tonight against the Jets." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters

"Good. Ready to go. It's just one of those things that crept into my game. Got to rest it early. It started in training camp and tried to taking care of it as much as possible. We did the right thing, we got on it early." -- Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien on the treatment of his lower-body injury

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Elias Lindholm

Teuvo Teravainen -- Victor Rask -- Justin Williams

Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Janne Kuokkanen

Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Brock McGinn

Jaccob Slavin -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Klas Dahlbeck

Scott Darling

Cam Ward

Scratched: Martin Necas, Josh Jooris, Trevor Carrick

Injured: Trevor van Riemsdyk (concussion), Lee Stempniak (hip)

 
Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Mathieu Perreault -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Shawn Matthias -- Andrew Copp -- Brandon Tanev

Marko Dano -- Nic Petan -- Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Toby Enstrom -- Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Connor Hellebuyck

Steve Mason

Scratched: Marko Dano, Ben Chiarot, Tucker Poolman

Injured: Matt Hendricks (lower body), Adam Lowry (upper body)

 

Status report

The Hurricanes placed van Riemsdyk on injured reserve Saturday and recalled Carrick from Charlotte of the American Hockey League. A fourth-round pick (No. 115) in the 2012 NHL Draft, Carrick, 23, had two assists in three AHL games this season. He is not expected to dress. … Lowry didn't participate in the morning skate Saturday and is day to day.

 

Stat pack

Rask has two points (one goal, one assist) in two games. … Scheifele has five points (three goals, two assists) in four games, and Wheeler has four assists in four games.

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