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Storm Advisory for September 20: Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes Game Preview, NHL News and Daily Roundup

The Hurricanes have won two in a row! Here’s your daily roundup and preview of their return to PNC tonight.

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Jamie Kellner

Finally, Some Home Cooking

The Hurricanes have won their first two preseason games, and wrap up their three-in-three trek tonight with the first game at PNC Arena since April. The Canes downed the Lightning 2-1 last night on the strength of goals by Justin Williams and Teuvo Teravainen, and look to complete the preseason sweep of their former Southeast Division rivals tonight.

A few Hurricanes have not yet played in a preseason game, including Jordan Staal, Sebastian Aho, Justin Faulk and Jaccob Slavin, all of whom except Faulk are on the roster and will likely be in the lineup tonight. One who likely won’t be is Scott Darling, who tweaked a muscle a couple of days ago and didn’t practice yesterday — don’t worry, it will be fine, but his start will be pushed back to Saturday in Washington out of an abundance of caution.

A win tonight will mean that the Canes have started a preseason 3-0 for the first time since moving to North Carolina. If you’re going, enjoy!

Reading Assignments

  • Congratulations to the Durham Bulls, who won their second Triple-A National Championship and first since 2009 last night with a 5-3 victory over the Memphis Redbirds! Among the congratulatory messages on Twitter was this one from a fellow minor-league owner who may be moving into the Bulls’ area code in the near future:
  • It’s your Daily Duchene! Joe Sakic has received a great deal of criticism recently for the ongoing Avalanche troubles. BSN Denver wrote an interesting article that gives you an idea of where the NHL great is coming from. []
  • There’s a familiar face in this NHL Network tweet showing the leaders in faceoff win percentage from the 2016-17 season:
  • Former Canes strength and conditioning coach Pete Friesen made a big time announcement via Twitter yesterday:
  • Yesterday the Devils announced that NHL veteran center Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with a form of Leukemia. The good news is that they expect it to be very treatable with modern medication. We hope that the NHL community will rally around Brian as he battles through this. []