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