The Carolina Hurricanes (1-1-1) play their fourth game in six days, when they take on ex-Southeast Division rival the Washington Capitals (1-2-0) 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 Offense Tlusty – E.Staal – Semin Gerbe – J. Staal – Dwyer Skinner – Nash – Dvorak Sutter – Lindholm – Bowman Defense Faulk – Sekera Bellemore – Hainsey Harrison – Murphy Goalies
Khudobin [Ward] Scratches: Ruutu (Injured), Gleason (Concussion), Komisarek and Westgarth (Healthy). Capitals Lineup Offense Johansson – Backstrom – Ovechkin Laich – Grabovski – Brouwer Chimera – Fehr – Ward Erat – Beagle – Wilson Defense Alzner – Green Erskine – Carlson Urbom – Oleksy Goalies Holtby [Neuvirth] Scratches: Hillen (Injured)
UPDATE: Muller said Komisarek could play tonight, going with seven defensemen. Who he would replace was not said.
The Caps have had the past four days off after losing their last game, 2-1, to the Dallas Stars. While a rest is always good, the team may be a little sluggish to start the game given the long break early in the season. The Hurricanes will need to jump on the Capitals early.
Alexander Ovechkin has started where he left off last season with six points, including four goals in three games.
As usual, it will be up to Jordan Staal to stop him. So far Staal has had success in stopping other team’s top players in games this season.
Through the first three games, the first line has not looked that strong. The team desperately needs them to get going as the depth scoring isn’t going to last forever. Kirk Muller juggled the first line against the Pens, but hopefully for the Canes he won’t have to do that tonight.
A starter has not been named yet for the Hurricanes. Cam Ward played the last game against the Penguins after Anton Khudobin earned a win against the Flyers. The Canes also play Friday, so it’s likely one goalie will play tonight and the other tomorrow.
UPDATE: Muller announced Khudobin will start tonight.
A recap will be posted after the game.