After a video review session and 'crisp' practice at RCI yesterday, Bill Peters opted to rest the team this morning, foregoing the morning skate. With no reported changes, we’ll assume he rolls with the lineup that took the ice Tuesday night.
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Derek Ryan
Joakim Nordstrom - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen - Lee Stempniak
Brock McGinn - Jay McClement - Viktor Stalberg
Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Matt Tennyson
Injuries and Scratches: Bryan Bickell (IR multiple sclerosis), Eddie Lack (IR concussion), Ryan Murphy (healthy), Andrej Nestrasil (healthy)
Meanwhile, the Capitals skated at RCI, which is subarctic under the best conditions but no doubt especially frosty this morning.
How frigid is the Hurricanes' practice facility? Alzner and Carlson are both wearing hoodies under their jerseys.— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) December 16, 2016
Philipp Grubauer will be starting in net for the Caps. The Canes are Grubauer’s most frequent opponent; tonight marks his seventh career appearance and he brings a 2-2-1 record through six prior games.
More from head coach Barry Trotz about tonight’s matchup [N&O].
Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Justin Williams
Marcus Johansson – Nicklas Backstrom – T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly – Lars Eller – Jakub Vrana
Daniel Winnik – Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner – John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik – Nate Schmidt
Injuries and Scratches: Andre Burakovsky (healthy), Taylor Chorney (healthy)
Too cold to tailgate? Need something to occupy your time while waiting for tonight’s 7:30 start? Lots of Canes news is just a click away.
- Bill Peters joined Adam and Joe Wednesday to talk about Tuesday’s barn burner, leadership from Jeff Skinner, maintaining the right practice schedule, and gaining ground in the standings [WRALSportsFan].
- Ron Hainsey was an assist shy of a Gordie Howe hat trick Tuesday night. The Ronster joined NHL Now to talk about the win and what inspired the third period comeback [NHL Network].
- Jaccob Slavin says faith, not hockey, defines him as a person [N&O].
- Now in his second year in the Hurricanes system, Derek Ryan is still forging his path [Triangle SportsNet].
- Jordan Staal and Eddie Lack talk about their recent concussion bouts, with lots of details as to how they were diagnosed and how they both felt at the time of their incidents and during their recovery [The Province].
- DVR alert... New England Hockey Journal filmed a feature on Noah Hanifin over the summer. It’s airing this month on NESN, and is actually available from a number of local providers (TWC Raleigh being one) [New England Hockey Journal]
- On the eve of the announcement of Nicolas Roy to Team Canada for the World Juniors, Craig Button says don’t be mesmerized by his size, look at his smarts and competitiveness [TSN].
- Brock McGinn and Mike Maniscalco join this week’s Cheaters Never Win podcast [Section 328].
- Finally, yesterday the Canes made the rounds at area hospitals as part of their annual holiday community day. Players visited children’s hospitals at WakeMed, UNC and Duke, and the Cancer Center at Rex Healthcare. They also accompanied Durham Nativity students on a shopping spree. A few snaps follow below, and check out our Facebook page (and go ahead and hit that ‘Like’ button if you haven’t already done so) for more shares from the area organizations.
Noah, 5, is here for his second surgery (plays hockey himself). He's here making an ornament for his mom with some members of the team. pic.twitter.com/cX5JTViNIO— Anna Johnson (@Anna_M_Johnson) December 15, 2016