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Derek Ryan makes his NHL debut, and joins Brock McGinn and Ryan Murphy on the Canes roster as the team heads to Newark to take on the Devils.

Derek Ryan, who leads the Checkers in goals and points, is expected to make his NHL debut tonight.
Derek Ryan, who leads the Checkers in goals and points, is expected to make his NHL debut tonight.
Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils
March 1, 2016 - 7:00 pm ET
Prudential Center - Newark, NJ
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Vital Statistics

Hurricanes Devils
Record 28-26-10 30-26-7
Points 66 67
Division Rank 7 Metro 6th Metro
Conference Rank 12 EC 10 EC
Last 10 Games 4-5-1 4-6-0
Streak Lost 3 Lost 2

Goals/Game 2.42 2.17
Goals Against/Game 2.66 2.33
ES Goals For % 46.6% 45.7%
Shots/Game 30.3 24.5
Shots Against/Game 26.8 28.6
ES Corsi For % 52.7% 46.6%
Faceoff % 53.8% 47.1%
ES PDO 98.3 99.7
Power Play % (Rank) 16.8% (26) 20.6% (9)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 82.4% (10) 83.0% (8)
PIM/Game 06:33 10:23

Goaltender #1 Ward Schneider
Record 18-15-7 26-21-6
ES Save % .915 .934
GAA 2.43 2.14

Goaltender #2 Lack Kinkaid
Record 10-11-3 4-5-1
ES Save % .907 .917
GAA 2.68 2.42

*Stats from and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • The post-Eric Staal era begins for real today. The Hurricanes organization, players, and fans didn't get much of a chance to react to Sunday's trade, which broke just prior to the game against the St. Louis Blues, but now that the initial shock has passed, and the dust has settled from yesterday's trade deadline, the plan for the final 18 games of the regular season can begin.
  • The Canes were down a forward in Sunday's game due to Staal's trade, then lost Riley Nash to an injury and lost Kris Versteeg off the ice pending his trade, leaving nine forwards to shoulder the load. Despite early goals from Jeff Skinner and Ron Hainsey, giving the Canes a 2-1 lead after the first period, the depleted and emotionally drained roster eventually lost 5-2.
  • Versteeg was traded to the L.A. Kings later that evening, and yesterday, the Canes closed out the trade deadline by trading John-Michael Liles to Boston. All three trades returned future draft picks and prospects and no active player rosters.
  • To address the roster gap, last night the Canes recalled Ryan Murphy, Brock McGinn, and Derek Ryan from the Charlotte Checkers. All three players are expected to be in tonight's lineup. Derek Ryan will be making his NHL debut, the sixth rookie to do so for the Canes this season. Ryan, a native of Spokane, WA, played for the Spokane Chiefs under head coach Bill Peters, and was acquired by the Canes in free agency last summer after spending a year in the Swedish Hockey League. Ryan has played in 55 games this season for the Checkers and leads them in goals (17) and points (42).
  • The net of all these moves... the Hurricanes are now the youngest team in the NHL.
  • As a quick aside, yesterday Phil DiGiuseppe and Noah Hanifin were temporarily assigned to Charlotte prior to the trade deadline, and then recalled after the deadline. By CBA rule, only players on an AHL active roster at the deadline are allowed to be sent down by their NHL clubs after the deadline. There are no implications to the Canes roster for the transactions, but if the Checkers make the Calder Cup playoffs, PDG and Hanifin will be eligible to play, and they are the only Canes players that will be eligible (outside of the players recalled yesterday).
  • On to tonight's game against the New Jersey Devils... This will be the fourth of five games between the Metro division rivals, with the Devils holding a 2-1 edge in the three prior games. The Devils have won seven of the last 12 games played at Prudential Center, including a 3-2 win the last time the teams met, on Dec. 29.
  • The Devils are just one point ahead of the Canes in the standings, and they've lost five of their last six games. While not out of playoff contention, they made several moves at the deadline to reload for the future. Defenseman Eric Gelinas was sent to Colorado (for a draft pick), leading scorer Lee Stempniak was sent to Boston (for draft picks), Stefan Matteau was sent to Montreal for Devante Smith-Pelly, and David Warsofsky was claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh.
  • Patrik Elias (knee surgery), Mike Cammalleri (hand/wrist injury), and former Cane Jiri Tlusty (wrist surgery) will all be out of the lineup for the Devils.
  • After a home-heavy February schedule, the Canes will play eight of their next 10 games on the road. Justin Faulk (lower body) and Jay McClement (upper body) did not travel to New Jersey, and the team expects to get an update on the extent of Andrej Nestrasil's injury shortly. UPDATE 12:00 pm The team has announced that Nestrasil will miss the rest of the season with a diagnosis of a fractured vertebra.

Projected Lineups

Hurricanes (updated 12:00 pm from morning skate)

Joakim Nordstrom - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Phillip Di Giuseppe
Nathan Gerbe - Riley Nash - Brad Malone
Brock McGinn - Derek Ryan - Chris Terry

Jaccob Slavin - Ron Hainsey
Noah Hanifin - Brett Pesce
Michal Jordan - Ryan Murphy

Eddie Lack
Cam Ward

Injuries and scratches: James Wisniewski (IR ACL), Justin Faulk (lower body), Andrej Nestrasil (fractured vertebra), Jay McClement (lower body)

Devils (updated 12:00 pm from morning skate)

Forwards:  Joe Blandisi, Reid Boucher, Bobby Farnham, Stephen Gionta, Adam Henrique, Jacob Josefson, Sergey Kalinin, Tyler Kennedy, Kyle Palmieri, Tuomo Ruutu, Jordin Tootoo, Travis Zajac

Defenseman: Andy Greene, Adam Larsson, Jon Merrill, John Moore, David Schlemko, Damon Severson

Goaltenders: Cory Schneider (confirmed starter), Keith Kinkaid

Injuries and scratches: Patrik Elias (IR knee surgery), Mike Cammalleri (IR hand/wrist), Jiri Tlusty (IR wrist surgery), Devante Smith-Pelly (healthy), David Warsofsky (healthy)

Hurricanes Recall Murphy, McGinn, Ryan

Trio of call-ups will be available for Tuesday's game in New Jersey
Monday, 02.29.2016 / 8:01 PM ET / News

RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled defenseman Ryan Murphy and forwards Brock McGinn and Derek Ryan from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Murphy, 22, has earned four assists in 19 NHL games this season, to go along with seven goals and 15 assists (22 points) in 30 Checkers games. The Aurora, Ont., native has scored six goals and earned 23 assists (29 points) in 108 NHL games with Carolina since the team drafted him in the first round, 12th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft.

McGinn, 21, has totaled four points (3g, 1a) in 19 games in the NHL this season. The Fergus, Ont., native has netted 14 goals and added 14 assists (28 points) in 38 games with Charlotte this season, and has earned 55 points (29g, 26a) in 115 career AHL games. Prior to turning professional, McGinn totaled 172 points (93g, 79a) in 227 career Ontario Hockey League (OHL) games for Guelph between 2010 and 2014, helping the Storm reach the Memorial Cup championship game in 2014. McGinn (6'0", 185 lbs.) was Carolina's second-round selection (47th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.

This marks the first career NHL recall for Ryan, 29. The Spokane, WA, native leads all Checkers skaters in goals (17) and points (42) this season, in 55 games played. Ryan totaled 15 goals and 45 assists (60 points) in 55 games for Orebro of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) in 2014-15, earning Forward of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors in the SHL. Prior to playing in Sweden, Ryan (5'10", 170 lbs.) spent three seasons in the Austrian league after completing a collegiate career at the University of Alberta. Ryan also played parts of four seasons with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League, the final two of which were under current Hurricanes Head Coach Bill Peters.

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