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Peters returns to Carolina with red-hot Flames

This could be an awkward reunion when the Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes meet Sunday afternoon.

The game at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., brings back former Carolina coach Bill Peters for the first time.

Peters, who left his job as Carolina's coach in the offseason to take the coaching position with the Flames, never directed the Hurricanes into the playoffs in his four seasons.

The teams met less than two weeks ago at Calgary, so that part of the reunion is already out of the way. The Flames produced a 3-2 overtime victory Jan. 22.

It won't only be Peters who'll look familiar to fans in Raleigh.

Calgary center Elias Lindholm, a former Hurricane, has a nine-game points streak. That's the third-longest for a player in his first season with the Flames in franchise history.

The Flames roster also includes center Derek Ryan and defenseman Noah Hanifin, a former first-round draft choice with the Hurricanes. Hanifin was the fifth overall draftee in 2015, playing with the Hurricanes until last summer's trade.

In that deal, the Hurricanes picked up defenseman Dougie Hamilton and winger Micheal Ferland.

Hanifin has produced a steady season, with 25 points (four goals, 21 assists) to go with a plus-10 rating in plus-minus.

Peters is one of three former Carolina head coaches now in charge of other teams. Peter Laviolette coaches the Nashville Predators, who lost last month in Raleigh, and Paul Maurice directs the Winnipeg Jets, who visit in March.

Of utmost importance for the Flames is getting back on track. They came off an extended layoff by opening a two-game trip with Friday night's 4-3 loss at Washington. Calgary had won eight of its previous nine games.

"We were a little bit tardy with the puck sometimes, guys holding on to it a little bit too long," Peters said.

The Flames were hampered by a lower-body injury to Travis Hamonic. He returned after suffering the injury initially, but he didn't play in the third period.

"Then you're down to five halfway through the game," Peters said. "We'll see how (the ailment) reacts."

The Hurricanes had a much smoother return to action following a layoff, topping the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 on Friday night.

"We're getting contributions up and down the lineup and we have to keep getting that," said Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour, who was an assistant coach under Peters before being promoted last summer.

The Hurricanes have a four-game points streak and they're 10-3-1 in their last 14 games.

"It think it's consistency (even though) it's kind of a generic term," defenseman Justin Faulk said. "It hasn't been enough yet. We know we have to keep going."

Right winger Nino Niederreiter has played in five games since joining the Hurricanes in a trade from the Minnesota Wild. He's the third player to record five goals in his first five games for Carolina, something that hadn't been done in 16 seasons.

"He has fit in great," Brind'Amour said. "We knew he was a great player. That was never an issue. Obviously contributing the way he is, that makes it a lot better."

--Field Level Media

Updated February 2, 2019

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