Feb 10 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny (26) shields the view of Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) as center Eric Staal (12) and defenseman Justin Faulk (28) defend during the first period of the game at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Game #11: Carolina Hurricanes At Colorado Avalanche

The Carolina Hurricanes (4-3-3) will play their last game in a four-game road series tonight at 9 p.m. ET against the Colorado Avalanche (8-1-0). The road trip so far has not been kind to the Hurricanes, despite a 2-1 record.

Both Cam Ward and Jeff Skinner were injured in last night’s game. Ward is out at least three weeks and Skinner is not expected to play tonight.

The game will be televised on SportsSouth and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

Hurricanes Lineup
Tlusty – E. Staal – Semin
Dvorak – J. Staal – Gerbe
Ruutu – Nash – Bowman
Sutter – Lindholm – Westgarth
Faulk – Sekera
Komisarek – Hainsey
Gleason – Murphy
Scratches: Bellemore, Khudobin, Ward, Skinner (Injured). Harrison (Healthy).
Avalanche Lineup
O’Reilly – Duchene – Downie
Landeskog – Stastny – Tanguay
McGinn – MacKinnon – Parenteau
Cliche – Mitchell – Bordeleau
Hejda – Johnson
Benoit – Sarich
Wilson – Guenin
Scratches: McLeod (Suspended).

Before the season, the Avalanche were counted out of any success based on their lack of defense, but have only lost one game in their nine-game season so far.

The defense has played much better than expected, playing well as a unit. The offense has been led by Matt Duchene and first-overall pick Nathan MacKinnon. The goalies have also made a huge impact, especially J. S. Giguere who has two shutouts in three games played.

The Avalanche last played Monday, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 1-0. The team returned home having four days off and have been preparing for the Hurricanes.

This will not be an easy game for the Canes. Denver is known for it’s change in air, which makes it hard to breathe for the players. The team is also coming off a rough game in Minnesota that saw their top goalie go down for the second season in a row.

But the Hurricanes need to play better in front of Justin Peters. They may have been a little shocked after Ward’s injury, which led to two quick goals from the Wild, but that cannot happen tonight.

Peters may not be Ward, but the Hurricanes need to help him out because they can still win games.

Finding some more offense will also be important as Skinner is likely to miss the game. Alexander Semin scored last night, continuing the first line’s success, but it’s time for Jordan Staal to help more on the score sheet.

It has not been announced whether Elias Lindholm or Tim Gleason will be in the lineup, but if Skinner cannot dress for the game, Lindholm will be the only extra forward on the Canes trip.

UPDATE: Both will be in the lineup as Jay Harrison sits for Tim Gleason.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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