February 4, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Jeff Skinner (53) gets past the Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner (25) with the puck during the 2nd period at the RBC center. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Game #5: Carolina Hurricanes Vs Los Angeles Kings

The Carolina Hurricanes (2-1-1) will return home for their first game against a Western Conference opponent in over a year in the Los Angeles Kings (2-2-0). Puck-drop is at 7 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and on the radio on 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
Ward
[Khudobin]
 
Scratches: Gleason (Concussion), Ruutu (Injured), Komisarek and Westgarth (Healthy).
 
Kings Lineup
Offense
Brown – Kopitar – Williams
Carcillo – Richards – Carter
Clifford – Lewis – Frattin
King – Stoll – Nolan
 
Defense
Doughty – Regehr
Voynov – Mitchell
Martinez – Greene
 
Goalies
Quick
[Scrivens]
 
Scratches: Colin Fraser (Healthy).

The Kings last played Wednesday beating the Senators, 4-3, in a shootout. The team is known for their tough, skilled offense and strong defense. Jonathan Quick is likely to be in net tonight.

The Canes will be playing their second game in the same amount of days tonight, so the team has to start strong. Their legs are likely to get tired as the game moves along, so getting an early start could make a difference in the final stanza.

It’s also important that the Hurricanes play a tough game. The Kings don’t mind hitting, but if you throw it back at them, they’ll have a hard time playing their game.

The first line has been progressing well in the past two games with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin scoring goals, but it’s time for them to take the next jump and start leading the team in scoring. Jiri Tlusty will have to help in that cause.

Anton Khudobin played last night, so it’s expected Cam Ward will get his turn in net.

A recap will be posted after the game.

 

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