Carolina Hurricanes schedule released for 2014-15

nmccaskill@newsobserver.comJune 22, 2014 

— The NHL released the Carolina Hurricanes 2014-15 schedule on Sunday.

The Canes, who went 36-35-11 last season under former coach Kirk Muller, will open their 82-game season Oct. 10 against the New York Islanders at PNC Arena under new coach Bill Peters. The Islanders finished last season at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division.

Muller, now an assistant with the St. Louis Blues, will face the Canes three times, including once in preseason in September at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, in the regular season Jan. 10 in St. Louis and Jan. 30 at PNC Arena.

The Canes will a see a familiar face again in their former longtime general manager Jim Rutherford, who is now GM of last season’s Metropolitan Division-winning Pittsburgh Penguins. Rutherford stepped down as the Canes’ GM in April and accepted the position with Pittsburgh in June.

Ron Francis was named Rutherford’s successor in Carolina. The Penguins and Canes will meet in Pittsburgh on Nov. 28 and at PNC Arena Nov. 29 and March 26.

Peters will see his former team, the Detroit Red Wings, three times. Peters spent the past three years as an assistant for the Red Wings before accepting his first NHL head-coaching job with the Canes.

The Red Wings will make visits to Raleigh on Dec. 7 and April 11, the season finale, with a homecoming in between as Peters returns to Detroit for a game on April 7.

Carolina will face off against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings twice in November. The Canes will get their shot to defend their home ice against the champions on Nov. 2. Carolina’s last victory against L.A. came at PNC Arena on Feb. 4, 2012. The Canes are 0-2 since, losing by a combined score of 5-2 since that 2-1 win two seasons ago.

The Canes will have two five-game road trips next season. On Oct. 17-28, Carolina will play the New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks.

The Canes will have perhaps their toughest stretch when they play five road games in 11 days, Nov. 18-28, where they will see the Dallas Stars, Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and Penguins. All but the Panthers made the Stanley Cup playoffs last season.

Carolina also has three five-game home stands: Nov. 29-Dec. 9 (Penguins, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals, Red Wings and New Jersey Devils), March 6-14 (Minnesota Wild, Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Stars and Panthers) and March 21-29 (Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Penguins, Devils and Boston Bruins).

The Canes will finish out their regular season mostly on the road with four away games in April and two home games the final two weeks of the season before the playoffs, where Carolina has been only once since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006.

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