|Division Rank||5th Metro||5th Atlantic|
|Conference Rank||12th EC||9th EC|
|Last 10 Games||0-2-0||1-1-0|
|Streak||Lost 2||Lost 1|
|ES Goals For %||28.6%||100.0%|
|ES Corsi For %||61.8%||41.7%|
|Power Play % (Rank)||11.1% (25)||23.1% (3)|
|Penalty Kill % (Rank)||75.0% (19)||85.7% (10)|
|ES Save %||-||-|
|ES Save %||.848||.980|
*Stats from NHL.com and War on Ice
- For a team looking for its first win of the season, and already experiencing a bit of frustration trying to find the back of the net, the Carolina Hurricanes probably didn't need their next visit to be from the Florida Panthers. The Canes were held scoreless for 179 out of 180 minutes against the Panthers last season, swept in three games and outscored by a 9-1 margin.
- The Canes received mixed injury news coming out of Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings. Riley Nash left early in the game after taking a hit along the boards and will miss 10 to 14 days with a shoulder injury. Victor Rask left late in the game favoring his arm after an on-ice collision but practiced with the team yesterday and is able to play.
- Nash's injury left a hole at the third center spot, and Elias Lindholm will move there. Kris Versteeg (who played 99 games with the Panthers between 2011 and 2014) will move to Lindholm's previous spot with Victor Rask and Eric Staal (who remains at left wing), Joakim Nordstrom will move onto the line with Jordan Staal and Nathan Gerbe, and Brad Malone will draw in for his first start of the season. Though every forward line will shuffle from Saturday's line-up, the defense pairs will remain intact. Justin Faulk, who led the team in defenseman scoring last season, has points in both the first two games.
- In net, Eddie Lack makes his much-anticipated debut in a Hurricanes jersey, in front of the home crowd. Lack last played during preseason against the Capitals on September 30. A shaky start resulted in two quick goals against in the first five minutes, but Lack stood tall for the rest of the game, allowing the team to come back to tie the game in the second period and eventually win in a shootout.
- Lack is close friends with Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (he even has a picture of his former Canuck teammate painted on his mask) but he probably won't be facing his friend tonight. The Panthers played a home-and-home series against the Flyers to start their season, and after a dominating 7-1 home win in Sunrise Saturday, the Panthers were shut out 1-0 last night in Philly. Luongo was in net for both games, allowing only one goal against in each. Head coach Gerard Gallant has not confirmed backup Al Montoya in net tonight for his first start of the season, but he indicated it is likely. Montoya has never been credited with a win against the Canes, but he did enter one game in relief of an injured Luongo last season to preserve a shutout.
- Last season the Panthers were on the outside of the playoffs looking in, and have higher aspirations this season. They are a young team on the rise. Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov have another year under their belts and continue to be mentored on the top line by the ageless Jaromir Jagr. On defense, young Aaron Ekblad is coming off a Calder trophy performance. Forward Vincent Trocheck, who torched the Canes with two goals in a 6-1 defeat in April, has four points in two games (1g, 3a). Jagr, with 115 points (38g, 77a) in 88 career games against the Canes, has two goals in two games. Other point-per-game players on the Panthers squad include former Cane Jussi Jokinen (17 points against in 17 games) and Huberdeau (10 points in 9 games).
- This is the last home game before the Canes leave for their annual State Fair road trip, so come on out and cheer on the team. Good seats are still available.
Eric Staal - Victor Rask - Kris Versteeg
Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Joakim Nordstrom
Jeff Skinner - Elias Lindholm - Chris Terry
Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Andrej Nestrasil
Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles - Michal Jordan
Noah Hanifin - Ryan Murphy
Eddie Lack (1-0-0, 2.77 GAA vs Panthers)
Cam Ward (15-12-2, 2.78 GAA vs Panthers)
Injuries and scratches: James Wisniewski (IR - ACL), Riley Nash (shoulder)
Jonathan Huberdeau - Aleksander Barkov - Jaromir Jagr
Brandon Pirri - Nick Bjugstad - Reilly Smith
Jussi Jokinen - Dave Bolland - Vincent Trocheck
Connor Brickley - Derek MacKenzie - Shawn Thornton
Brian Campbell - Aaron Ekblad
Willie Mitchell - Erik Gudbranson
Dmitry Kulikov - Alex Petrovic
Al Montoya (0-2-1, 2.56 GAA vs Canes)
Roberto Luongo (12-14-4, 2.48 GAA vs Canes)
Injuries and Scratches: Rocco Grimaldi (ankle), Steven Kampfer (healthy), Quinton Howden (healthy), Dylan Olsen (healthy)
Storm Debris (random news clips)
Bill Peters media scrum from practice 10/12 [CH.com]
In case you live under a rock and haven't heard, Eddie Lack likes tacos. Since he's starting on Taco Tuesday, it's appropriate to re-visit his taco truck visit with Adam and Joe from last week [WRALSportsFan].
Minnesota Hockey Journal has a great feature this month on Justin Faulk. This is a must read [MN Hockey].
ESPN updated their power rankings, and the Canes moved up even though they haven't won a game [ESPN].
This is from last week but still an interesting read. The Triangle Business Journal ran a report on ticket prices for Hurricanes games, and Mr. Workrate at Section 328 took them to task about their research [TBJ] [Section 328].