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Gameday: Canes Hit Road for Three in Three

Thursday, 09.19.2013 / 1:25 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Gameday: Canes Hit Road for Three in Three
The Canes hit the road Thursday for a trio of preseason games, as they face the Sabres tonight and the Canadiens on Friday and Saturday.

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



SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61