October 28, 2011; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Jiri Tlusty (19) scores a 3rd period goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Cory Crawford (50) at the RBC center. The Hurricanes defeated the Blackhawks 3-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Game #7: Carolina Hurricanes vs Chicago Blackhawks

The Carolina Hurricanes (2-2-2) will play their last home game before a four-game road trip, tonight against the defending champions, Chicago Blackhawks (3-1-1) at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on FoxSport: Carolinas and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

Hurricanes Lineup*
*Lines from yesterday’s practice
Ruutu – E.Staal – Semin
Tlusty – J. Staal – Gerbe
Skinner – Nash – Dwyer
Dvroak – Sutter – Bowman
Faulk – Sekera
Bellemore – Hainsey
Murphy – Harrison
Scratches: Gleason, Khudobin, Lindholm (Injured). Komisarek, Westgarth (Healthy).
Blackhawks Lineup
Saad – Toews – Kane
Sharp – Kruger – Hossa
Bickell – Shaw – Nordstrom
Bollig – Pirri – Smith
Keith – Seabrook
Hjalmarsson – Oduya
Leddy – Brookbank
Goalies (Starter not named yet)

There’s a reason why the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last season and it’s obvious looking at their lineup. They have tremendous depth along with some star players at every position.

But they can be beaten. The Canes will have to be opportunistic in the game and Corey Crawford, if in net, is known to make some mistakes. The Hurricanes will have to expose those mistakes and take advantage of it.

Being the home team helps also as Kirk Muller will be able to use the lines he wants against the Blackhawks. Expect Jordan Staal out against Jonathan Toew’s line often tonight.

As for the Hurricanes, the team has spent a lot of time practicing the power-play which is great to hear because it has looked bad in the first six games so far. Getting it figured out tonight would be huge.

Muller also shuffled the lines a bit, so the players may have to work out on some chemistry issues in the early going.

After this game, the Hurricanes embark on a four-game, nine-day road trip, so getting a win should build confidence before the tough stretch of games.


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