Bill Peters is ready to get started. Eric Staal is ready. Go around the Canes locker room and everyone says they're ready.
All that's left is to drop the puck Friday night at PNC Arena and play the New York Islanders.
Jordan Staal won't be in the lineup. Neither will Jeff Skinner, who has been out with a concussion but was seen sliding into the locker room after Friday's morning skate.
"It's good. The guys have renewed energy and are excited about the start of the season," Peters said.
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And Peters? It will be his first game as an NHL head coach, his first game as the Carolina Hurricanes coach.
"It's good to get started," he said. "It's different now. You look around the league and teams are playing and you want to get playing and you want to get points and you want to get started. We get that opportunity tonight."
The Islanders are a Metropolitan Division opponent who believe they have strengthened their team. Forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolay Kulemin were signed as free agents. The Isles traded for goalie Jaroslav Halak and more recently traded for defensemen Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk.
"They're deep. They're a very deep team now with strength down the middle," Peters said. "Halak is a very good goaltender. So they've improved their team with the moves they've made. And of course they have Tavares."
John Tavares is the Isles captain and one of the NHL's best players. He also has 13 goals and nine assists in 18 career games against the Canes.
As for the Canes, Peters said they will need "offense from our defense" and that everyone will need to contribute with Skinner and Staal out.
Eric Staal will center the top line with Jiri Tlusty and Alex Semin. Victor Rask will make his NHL debut and center the second line with Nathan Gerbe and Elias Lindholm. Jay McClement will center Brad Malone and Pat Dwyer, and Riley Nash will center Chris Terry and Patrick Brown, who also is playing his first NHL game.
On the back end, it's Andrej Sekera-Justin Faulk, Ron Hainsey-John-Michael Liles and Jay Harrison-Tim Gleason. Brett Bellemore and Ryan Murphy will be the extras in the opener but Peters didn't rule out those two playing Saturday against the Isles at Nassau Coliseum.
"Every year, regardless of what level you're at, you have your first game of the season and it's exciting," Faulk said. "it's good to get back playing again after a long offseason. It's good to get the jitters or nerves or whatever out of the way.
"Obviously the start of the season is important. I think all the guys are excited to get it going and get off to a good start. Start winning some games."
Peters has a wife and two children but said his wife and son would be out of town for a youth tournament. They'll miss his first game but his daughter, he said, would be at the game.