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Canes Host Rangers: Game Day Preview

I think the plane has reached the gate, come to a full stop and the seat-belt sign has been turned off so I can finally get out this game day preview. With the way things are going this week though I make no guarantees that news won’t break before I get the next sentence out.

Tonight John Tortorella and his band of Blue Shirts (13-5-3) are in the RBC Center to take on our Carolina Hurricanes (8-18-4). This will be the second outing for the Canes’ new bench boss, Kirk Muller, and the first for new assistant coach John MacLean. The organization announced this morning that the former New Jersey Devils player and assistant coach has been added to the staff. I wonder if he will bring a little of that tri-state area rivalry vibe to the bench tonight.

MacLean was at practice this morning where he and Muller had the team working on the power play. Anthony Stewart will be getting a chance to show his stuff in the rotation in addition to his duties on the fourth line. Other than that change, the Canes are rolling the same lines they have been going with the last couple of games. I am disappointed as that means the “Finns and Skinns” line is not completely back together. Jay Harrison is still out with an injury and unfortunately, well at least in my opinion, Jamie McBain is the healthy scratch for the blueline. Newly acquired winger Andreas Nodl will be anchoring the right side of that fourth line. By the end of the game I hope I will not still be saying “Come on ‘New Guy’.” Show us something that will help me remember your name. Lighting the lamp is welcomed!

Canes forwards:

Ruutu-Staal-Skinner

Poni-Jokinen-LaRose

Tlusty-Sutter-Dwyer

Stewart-Brent- Nodl

 Defensive pairings:

Allen -Gleason

Pitkanen-Faulk

Joslin-Kaberle

Keep your eyes on Rangers’ scoring leaders Brad Richards and Marion Gaborik with nineteen goals and Ryan Callahan with sixteen. Richards also has nine helpers for the season.

The man affectionately known as “King Henrik,” Henrik Lundqvist, will be taking a seat tonight while Marty Biron (3-1-0) will be minding the net. This is his fifth appearance for the season and only his sixth start. Cam Ward gets the start for the Canes. No word on where Brian Boucher will be sitting to stay out of the line of wayward pucks.

Our sister blog, Blue Line Station reports these probable lines for the Rangers:

Forwards:

Anisimov-Stepan-Gaborik
Fedotenko-Richards-Callahan
Avery-Dubinsky-Prust
Boyle-Mitchell-Hagelin

Defensive pairings:

McDonagh-Girardi
Del Zotto-Sauer
Woywitka-Eminger

Puck drops at 7pm. Coverage is on Fox Sports South and 99.9 the Fan. Let’s Go Canes! Throw in an extra “Woo!” tonight for new father Jussi Jokinen! He and his wife Salla welcomed a healthy baby girl yesterday! Stop by Blue Line Station to learn more about the Blue Shirts.

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