Carolina Hurricanes

Peters makes changes for Oilers game; Murphy to return

Canes coach Bill Peters was angry and disgusted Friday after a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild at PNC Arena.

And after taking time to see the game replay and digest it further?

Nothing had changed, Peters said Saturday. Still didn't like it.

"We didn't have our first five-on-five scoring chance until 31 minutes into the game. That's not good enough," he said. "Team plays back-to-back, you're at home and you're starting a five-game home stand, you've got to play hungry hockey. We're got to be much more assertive and aggressive than that."

In an unusual move, Peters never pulled goalie Anton Khudobin for an extra attacker in the final minutes of the game. And for good reason, he said.

"We didn't deserve to go six on five. We didn't work hard enough," he said. "If we had gotten our goalie out last night it would have been in our net within seven seconds.

"We weren't hungry on pucks. We were down 3-1 early in the third and we generated two scoring chances in the third, and one came with 41 seconds left. That's not good enough. There's no sense pretending. We addressed it -- if you want to pull the goalie out, make sure you're hungry and away you go."

After addressing the team Saturday at Raleigh Center Ice, Peters sent the players out for a fast-paced, hard-working noon practice. Defenseman Jack Hillen, who has an upper-body injury, was the only player missing the practice.

"I liked practice a lot. I liked the way we moved the puck," Peters said.

Peters made several tweaks against the Wild, shuffling lines after a sluggish first period and going with different defensive pairs. He made a few more Saturday as the Canes prepared for Sunday’s 3 p.m. game against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Staal brothers will be on different lines, he said. Jordan Staal was centering Nathan Gerbe and Andrej Nestrasil at practice while Eric Staal was at left wing on Victor Rask's line with Elias Lindholm on the right side.

“It’s just time,” he said of splitting up the Staals. “It goes stale with everybody at some point.”

Riley Nash was at center with Jeff Skinner and Alex Semin, and Jay McClement centered Brad Malone and Pat Dwyer. Chris Terry was the extra forward Saturday and filled in as an eighth defenseman.

“We had different lines to start the (Wild) game but they lasted 20 minutes,” Peters said.

Peters said defensemen Ryan Murphy and Michal Jordan, both healthy scratches Friday, would be in the lineup against the Oilers. In practice, Justin Faulk was paired with Ron Hainsey, Murphy with Rasmus Rissanen and Jordan with John-Michael Liles.

Hillen, acquired in a trade last Saturday with the Washington Capitals, may not be available and Brett Bellemore should be an extra.

Murphy has not played since Feb. 4 because of a lower-body injury, missing the past 11 games, and was activated Friday off injured reserve.

Cam Ward will start in net against his old hometown team, Peters said, adding, "An Alberta boy playing against the Edmonton Oilers, it doesn't get much better than that."

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