The Carolina Hurricanes (6-7-3) will look to extend their shutout streak and more importantly, their winning streak tonight against Western Conference foe, the Minnesota Wild (9-4-4), at 7 p.m. ET in Raleigh. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Carolinas and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.Hurricanes Lineup Tlusty – E. Staal – Semin Gerbe – J. Staal – Ruutu Terry – Nash – Dwyer Bowman – Malhotra – Dvorak Sekera – Faulk Bellemore – Hainsey Harrison – Murphy Peters [Murphy] Scratches: Ward, Khudobin, Skinner, Gleason (Injured). Komisarek (Injured/Healthy). Wild Lineup Parise – Koivu – Coyle Niederreiter – Granlund – Pominville Cooke – Brodziak – Fontaine Mitchell – Konopka – Heatley Suter – Brodin Spurgeon – Scandella Prosser – Stoner Backstrom/Harding Scratches: Rupp (Injured).
The last time these two teams met, Cam Ward suffered the injury he was still dealing with, which seemed to shock the Hurricanes and helped lead the Wild to a 3-1 win. That game was also the last time any of the Canes’ top line forwards scored.
Minnesota is 6-2-2 in their last 10 and have 22 points on the season.
Perhaps the Wild’s greatest asset is their defense. It’s a mobile young group that can jump up on the offense and provide plenty of secondary scoring and two options on the power-play.
The Hurricanes have two wins in their last two games, but three goals total over that time. The offense still needs to get going and beating the Wild by a 1-0 score will not be easy.
However, the defense and Justin Peters have been playing extremely strong and have been making up for the lack of offense.
Stopping the first line and finding a way to score again will be two big keys for the Hurricanes in this game.
A recap will be posted after the game.