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Gameday: Canes Hit Road for Three in Three

Thursday, 09.19.2013 / 1:25 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Gameday: Canes Hit Road for Three in Three

The Carolina Hurricanes will hit the road Thursday for a trio of preseason games, as they face the Sabres tonight and the Canadiens on Friday (in Quebec City) and Saturday (in Montreal).

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As the training camp roster will be whittled down to just one group by next week, these three games could provide some players with a final chance to leave an impression on the coaching staff.

“They key is that we recognize that we only have five [preseason] games left, and that we really want to push the detail part of our game, and I think that’s where we fell apart last night,” Muller said. “We reminded the group today that what we’re looking for tonight is … more attention to detail and a consistent work ethic to compete.”

The Hurricanes’ lineup for Thursday’s tilt in Buffalo includes nine skaters from Wednesday night’s preseason opener: Zac Dalpe, Jeff Skinner, Jeremy Welsh, Nathan Gerbe, Chris Terry, Brett Sutter, Ryan Murphy, Brett Bellemore and Michal Jordan.

“They’re getting the opportunity to play these games,” Muller said of those who are dressing again in a back-to-back scenario.

Also in the lineup tonight are Jordan Staal and Jiri Tlusty, who has been cautiously held back after being crunched along the boards in a scrimmage last Friday.

Though he’s been a winger for most of his NHL career with the Canes, Patrick Dwyer will draw in as the team’s third-line center against the Sabres.

“I know how to do it, and we’ll see how it goes,” he said. “It’s not too hard. It’s a transition that I’m used to”

Don’t expect the move to last long, though. Muller said penciling in Dwyer at center is simply a numbers game.

“We’re a little lighter at center,” he said. “But it gives me a chance to experiment to see Patty there. I know he has played center. But it’s not really anything to read into too much.”

Anton Khudobin will make his Hurricanes debut, as he gets the start in net versus Buffalo. Mike Murphy, who was initially sent down Wednesday evening only to be recalled Thursday morning, will serve as the backup.

Muller said that Cam Ward could get as many as four starts in six preseason games, so it’s likely he’ll see game time either Friday or Saturday. It’s possible a forward like Tuomo Ruutu, who has yet to see a preseason game, will crack the lineup soon, as well.

“They’ll get in, but it’s more giving the other guys an opportunity first to fit them in and make sure they get enough games so they feel like they got a fair shake,” Muller said.

You can follow the Canes in their northern sojourn via @Canes_Gameday, and Chuck Kaiton will have the call nightly on 99.9 The Fan. If you are in RDS viewing territory (or have access to the channel), they will carry the games on Friday and Saturday night.

The Hurricanes will return to Raleigh for an 8 a.m. practice on Monday, and they will round out their preseason schedule with games in Columbus and against Buffalo on Sept. 26 and 27.

Tonight's Lineup

Tlusty-J. Staal-Dalpe
Skinner-Welsh-Gerbe
Terry-Dwyer-Dvorak
J. Staal-Sutter-Boychuk

Sekera-Faulk
Hainsey-Murphy
Jordan-Bellemore

Khudobin, Murphy



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81