March 10, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Carolina Hurricanes right wing Chad LaRose (59) reaches for the puck and scores as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Brian Lee (15) defends during the third period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Carolina won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Can the Hurricanes Find A Way to Win?

The Hurricanes are still looking for their first win of the season and are hoping to find it in their home opener tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Last season the two teams met for a total of six times, splitting the series right down the middle, Carolina getting the last win on March 10 by a 4-2 margin.

After the 5-1 loss against the Panthers Saturday night, the Canes organization decided to change up some of the lines and power play units. The changes aren’t unexpected after a short week of training camp and just one game under their belt.  Zac Dalpe was missing from practice yesterday due to an illness and his status in unknown for tonight’s game. According to The Canes’ site;

“Muller said the team will see how he feels Tuesday morning before making a final lineup decision. Should he remain unavailable, the forward lines featured in practice might be those seen in-game. The defensive pairings were also tweaked for Monday’s practice, and Tuesday’s game will likely feature some different groupings.”

Know Thy Enemy: Tampa Bay Lightning

In last night’s meeting against the Islanders the game got physical and fast,  with members from both squads dropping the gloves one second into the period. Despite efforts from Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis and Benoit Pouliot the Bolts were unable to overcome the 4-0 deficit and lost to the Islanders in their opening road game.

For Tampa Mattias Ohlund (knee) and Matt Taormina (upper body) remain on the teams’ injured reserve list.  The two are the only known scratches for tonight’s match.


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