The Carolina Hurricanes face their 2006 Stanley Cup final opponent tonight. I know I said reach in the opening line but it’s not really a rematch. On the Hurricanes side only Eric Staal, Erik Cole, Chad LaRose, Anton Babchuk, and Cam Ward remain from the cup team. Tonight is a match-up of two rebuilding teams with potentially young stars in Jeff Skinner and Taylor Hall among others. Tonight should be an interesting game and almost a must win for the Hurricanes.
The Oilers come in as the worst team in the western conference and that’s no surprise with all the young players. The future is bright in Edmonton with players such as Jordan Eberle and number one draft choice Taylor Hall. The Oilers have finally started to get production from Taylor Hall who didn’t score in his first seven games. The Oilers currently have only four wins and could be without their captain Shown Horcoff tonight with a lower body injury. The Oilers have hit the injury bug quick this season as its possible that Jean-Francois Jaque, Theo Beckham, and SteveMacIntyre could all miss the game tonight. The Oilers will once again count on their young guns if they want to win tonight.
The Hurricanes come into tonights game looking to go above .500 tonight as the currently sit at 7-7-0 with 14 points. There have been conflicting reports if Joni Pitkanen will play tonight against his former team. Tonights hyped match-up will be Skinner vs. Hall. The Hurricanes really need to win tonight as this is the easiest game left in November with their next game at home against Philadelphia. If the Hurricanes are going to be successful they need to play like they did on Saturday night against the Panthers. The Hurricanes allowed only 19 shots in a 3-2 win. Tonight the Hurricanes will face forwards with more talent than the Panthers. If the Hurricanes can limit the Oilers offense they should come out with a win.
EDM Shawn Horcoff
EDM Steve MacIntyre
EDM Jean-Francois Jaque
EDM Theo Beckham
Prediction: EDM 1 CAR 4