I wrote earlier that Matt Corrente could battle Kevin Westgarth for an enforcer role with the Carolina Hurricanes, but now it looks like both players will be on the Canes opening night roster.
Today at practice, the former New Jersey Devil is practicing out of his usual defense position:
Corrente in forward's jersey. Has played some forward in career. Made NHL debut as a forward.
— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) September 30, 2013
Corrente and Wetsgarth are skating on a line with Brett Sutter as the team’s fourth line.
It’s likely that Corrente is getting this chance with the number of injuries the Hurricanes have suffered on offense. Jeff Skinner returned to practice today, but Alexander Semin, Tuomo Ruutu and Elias Lindholm are not participating, although it’s possible Semin and Lindholm are ready for Friday’s game.
When I wrote earlier that Corrente could battle Westgarth for an enforcer role, I meant that only one player should prevail, earning the spot. I did not want both in the lineup.
It doesn’t make sense to have two tough guys in a lineup that don’t bring much to the table, especially when they will play less than 10 minutes a game.
But like I said earlier, the Hurricanes should get one or two forwards back for the season opener, which should fix the problem the Canes face right now.