The Carolina Hurricanes will look for their second win of the season as they go on the road for the first time in their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised locally on Fox Sports: Carolinas and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.Hurricanes Lineup (Based on last game) Offense Tlusty – E. Staal – Semin Gerbe – J. Staal – Dwyer Skinner – Nash – Dvorak Sutter – Lindholm – Bowman Defense Faulk – Sekera Bellemore – Hainsey Harrison – Murphy Goalies
Ward [Khudobin] Scratches: Gleason (Concussion), Ruutu (Injured), Komisarek and Westgarth (Healthy). Penguins Lineup
Offense Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis Jokinen – Malkin – Bennett Jeffrey – Sutter – Kobasew Glass – Vitale – Adams Defense Orpik – Martin Scuderi – Niskanen Bortuzzo – Maattaa Goalies
Fleury [Zatkoff] Scratches: Neal and Letang (Injured)
The Pens are playing just as they have done in past seasons – scoring in bunches and playing strong defense. The team has beat the Devils and Sabres, 3-0 and 4-1, respectively, in their first two games.
However, the team is currently dealing with two injuries to key players in Kris Letang and James Neal, which seriously hurts the Pens depth. It doesn’t look like either player will be ready for the game tonight.
But the Hurricanes are also dealing with possible injured players. Elias Lindholm suffered an injury in the last game against the Flyers. He returned to the bench, but in practice, yesterday, Kirk Muller did not know for sure if the Swede would be in the lineup against the Penguins. However, my guess is Lindholm does play tonight.
UPDATE: Lindholm will play.
The line has played great so far in the first two games, most notably Jeff Skinner. If the trio can work like they did against the Flyers, they should be able to beat the Penguins’ defense and goalie.
A recap will be posted after the game.