Mar 28, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42) and Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal (11) battle for position during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Game #8: Carolina Hurricanes At Toronto Maple Leafs


The Carolina Hurricanes (2-2-3) will play their first game in a four-game road trip tonight at 7 p.m. ET. in the Air Canada Center as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (6-1-0). The game will be televised on Fox Sports South and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

Hurricanes Lineup*
*Lines from practice today
Offense
Ruutu – E. Staal – Semin
Tlusty – J. Staal – Gerbe
Skinner – Nash – Dvorak
Westgarth – Dwyer – Bowman
 
Defense
Faulk – Sekera
Bellemore – Hainsey
Harrison – Murphy
 
Goalies
Ward
[Peters]
 
Scratches: Gleason and Lindholm (Injured). Komisarek and Sutter (Healthy).
 
Maple Leafs Lineup
Offense
Raymond – Bozak – Kessell
Broll – Kadri – Lupul
McClement – Bolland – Leivo
Ashton – Smith – Orr
 
Defense
Phaneuf – Gunnarssson
Rielly – Franson
Gardiner – Ranger
 
Goalies
Reimer
[Bernier]
 
Scratches: McLaren, Van Riemsdyk Kulemin, Fraser (Injured). Clarkson (Suspended).

The Maple Leafs are not the same team they were even two years ago. Toronto is skilled and quick and that has shown through the first seven games with the team only losing once.

James Reimer will be in net, instead of Jonathan Bernier, which could be good for the Hurricanes. Bernier has been off to a strong start, but Reimer is still a more-than-capable goaltender.

With the Leafs’ skill and speed, it will be interesting to see how the Canes’ defense handles them. In the game against the Penguins, Pittsburgh burned the Hurricanes with their transition game. They’ll need a better outing against the Leafs.

Cam Ward played strong in net against the Blackhawks and it would be nice if he can build on that as he has not strung together two good games in a row.

The first line also had a strong game against the Hawks with all three players recording a point. The Canes need that line to start going and now could be the time.

Mike Komisarek could make his return to Toronto tonight. Brett Bellemore played sparingly against Chicago on Tuesday and Kirk Muller may elect to use the veteran over him.

However, Bellemore still ran with Ron Hainsey in practice, so we’ll see what the coach decides to do as game time gets closer.

UPDATE: Komisarek will not play tonight.

A recap will be posted a few hours after the game is over.

Tags: Brett Bellemore Cam Ward Carolina Hurricanes Mike Komisarek