Oct 24, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner (53) shoots on Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding (37) and defenseman Marco Scandella (6) during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #17: Vs. Minnesota Wild


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.

The Wild don’t have a lot of big names in their bottom six, unlike their top six, which features Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville, but the team has found ways to win.

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.

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