Atlanta 27-28-11 Carolina 31-26-9
It’s been five days since the Blackhawks beat the Canes in Chicago 5-2. Carolina is back on the ice tonight as they go for their sixth straight win against the Atlanta Thrashers. The victory is an important one in the fight to regain their eight spot in the playoffs.
Coaches throughout NHL history have made historical line arrangements to make big wins. Trios ranging from the Production Line of Ted Lindsey, Sid Abel and Gordie Howe of the Red Wings to the Century Line of Syl Apps Jr., Lowell MacDonald, and Jean Pronovost in Pittsburgh lifted one another to excellence.
Paul Maurice will showcase his new lineup tonight. Jussi Jokinen will take center while J.Skinny takes Chad LaRose’s place at left wing and Tuomo Ruutu holds right. The chemistry between the three men has a definite potential for magic. I hope that that magic will translate into winning face-offs and extra man goals.
Carolina also welcomes back Cam Ward, who had a rest last Friday. Cam Ward made 41 saves in their last victory against the Thrashers.
Atlanta will no doubt come into tonight’s game hungry for a point, as will the Canes.
“We’re expecting their best, and they should expect ours,” cautions Maurice.
Puck drops at the RBC Center at 7:00pm tonight.
Topics: Atlanta Thrashers, Bryan Allen, Cam Ward, Canes, Carolina Hurricanes, Cory Stillman, Eastern Conference Playoffs, Jamie McBain, Jay Harrison, Jeff Skinner, Joe Corvo, Joni Pitkanen, Jussi Jokinen, Tim Gleason, Tuomo Ruutu