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.
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.
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.