March 24, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (right) makes a save on a shot by Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40) as Carolina center Eric Staal (12) defends in the third period at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Game #1: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Detroit Red Wings


It’s finally here. The first game of the season. The Carolina Hurricanes will play the Detroit Red Wings (1-0-0) in Raleigh tonight at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised locally on FS-Carolina and can be heard on 99.9 FM The Fan.

Hurricanes Lineup*
*Lines from yesterday’s practice
Offense
Tlusty – E. Staal – Semin
Dwyer – J. Staal – Gerbe
Skinner – Nash – Dvorak
Lindholm – Sutter – Bowman
 
Defense
Faulk – Sekera
Bellemore – Hainsey
Harrison – Faulk
 
Goalies
Ward
Khudobin
 
Scratches: Ruutu (Injury), Gleason (Concussion), Westgarth (Healthy) and Komisarek (Healthy).
 
Red Wings Lineup*
*Lineup taken from last game
Offense
Zetterberg – Datsyuk – Abdelkader
Franzen – Weiss – Alfredsson
Bertuzzi – Andersson – Cleary
Miller – Emmerton – Samuelsson
 
Defense
Kronwall – Ericsson
Quincey – Smith
Kindl – DeKeyser
 
Goalies
Howard
Mrazek
 
Scratches: Helm (Injured) and Gustavsson (Injured).

 

After going through the preseason with a banged up roster, the Hurricanes are nearly back to a healthy lineup with Tuomo Ruutu and Tim Gleason being the only players that are expected to play this season, that have yet to recover from an injury.

Alexander Semin has not been named official for the game, but has competed in the past two days of practice.

No starter has been confirmed for either side, but you can bet it will be a battle between Cam Ward and Jimmy Howard.

The Red Wings have already played a game this season, so if the visiting team is controlling most of the play early on, don’t be surprised. The Hurricanes don’t have their game-day legs yet, while Detroit does. But the Canes will get better acclimated as the game goes on.

Even though, Hurricanes haven’t seen much of the Red Wings lately, everyone knows the big name on the team is Pavel Datsyuk. Joining him will be a balanced attack and a formidable defense.

In its last game, Detroit beat the Buffalo Sabres by a 2-1 score. Mikael Samuelsson and Datsyuk scored goals, while Howard made 12 saves.

This first game will be a real test for the Hurricanes and it should show where the team is at heading into the season.

 

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