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.
The game will be televised on SportsSouth and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.Hurricanes Lineup Offense Tlusty – E. Staal – Semin Dvorak – J. Staal – Gerbe Ruutu – Nash – Bowman Sutter – Lindholm – Westgarth Defense Faulk – Sekera Komisarek – Hainsey Gleason – Murphy Goalies Peters [Murphy] Scratches: Bellemore, Khudobin, Ward, Skinner (Injured). Harrison (Healthy).
Avalanche Lineup Offense O’Reilly – Duchene – Downie Landeskog – Stastny – Tanguay McGinn – MacKinnon – Parenteau Cliche – Mitchell – Bordeleau Defense Hejda – Johnson Benoit – Sarich Wilson – Guenin Goalies Varlamov [Giguere] 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.
UPDATE: Both will be in the lineup as Jay Harrison sits for Tim Gleason.
A recap will be posted after the game.