Mar 17, 2012; St. Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Matt Hackett (31) makes a save on Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) during the second period at the Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Game #10: Carolina Hurricanes at Minnesota Wild

The Carolina Hurricanes (4-2-3) will embark on a short Western Conference tonight when they take on the Minnesota Wild (4-3-3) at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be Eric Staal‘s 700th in the NHL. It will be televised on Sports South and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

Hurricanes Lineup
Tlusty – E. Staal – Semin
Dvorak – J. Staal – Gerbe
Ruutu – Nash – Skinner
Bowman – Sutter – Westgarth
Faulk – Sekera
Komisarek – Hainsey
Harrison – Murphy
Scratches: Gleason (Could play), Lindholm, Dwyer and Khudobin (IR).
Wild Lineup
Parise – Koivu – Niederreiter
Heatley – Granlund – Pominville
Cooke – Brodziak – Fontaine
Mitchell – Konopka – Veilleux
Suter – Brodin
Spurgeon – Scandella
Prosser – Stoner
Scratches: Rupp, Coyle and Ballard (IR).

The Wild have a lethal offense on the first two lines with Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville, but from there things start to dry up. Stopping the top six will be crucial for the Canes, while Carolina’s third line will have to win its matchup.

On defense, the Wild are led by Norris Trophy-nominee Ryan Suter, who can do it all. Jonas Brodin and Jared Spurgeon are two young and upcoming d-men that can play an offensive game.

Minnesota’ goalie has not been named yet, but both Backstrom and Harding are good goalies that will challenge the Canes shooters.

The Hurricanes have been on their longest rest of the early season, after fighting through a busy schedule in the first two weeks of the season. The time off has given some players time to heal from injuries.

Tim Gleason and Elias Lindholm could return for the Hurricanes tonight, a confirmation was not given on whether either player will dress for the game.

UPDATE: Both players will be out tonight.

Jiri Tlusty scored twice in the game against the Islanders. Last year he showed he scores in bunches, so expect him to have another strong game, which the team will need from the first line, which is starting to get back to its regular form.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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