February 23, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) takes a shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC center. The Ducks defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #19: Vs. Anaheim Ducks

The Carolina Hurricanes (7-7-4) continue their slate against Western Conference teams tonight against the Anaheim Ducks (15-5-1) 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 – Dwyer
Terry – Nash – Ruutu
Bowman – Malhotra – Komisarek
Sekera – Faulk
Bellemore – Hainsey
Scratches: Khudobin, Skinner, Westgarth (Injured). Komisarek (Healthy).
Avalanche Lineup
Penner – Perreault – Perry
Etem – Bonino – Selanne
Smith-Pelley – Cogliano – Winnik
Maroon – Rakell – Vatanen
Fowler – Lovejoy
Lindholm – Beauchemin
Allen – Sbisa
Scratches: Silfverberg, Getzlaf, Koivu (Injured).

The Ducks have come out of the gate flying this season, leading the league in points, but are currently dealing with some injuries. Ryan Getzlaf is likely not going to play, while Corey Perry could also be out because of the flu.

The team fell apart while missing its key players last night, losing to the Steven Stamko-less Lightning 5-1. The Ducks are likely to play Viktor Fasth in net tonight, who has been injured since the middle of October.

But the Hurricanes cannot take the Ducks lightly. They still have skill in the lineup with the ageless Teemu Selanne and offensive-defenseman Cam Fowler.

As for the Canes lineup, it’s also a bit of a question. Jeff Skinner and Radek Dvorak could play tonight. The two will decide after morning skates if they’re healthy enough to go.

UPDATE: Skinner and Dvorak will both be out tonight.

Dvorak left the Avalanche game early with a lower-body injury, while Skinner has been fighting back from an injury for the past three weeks.

If neither play, we could see Mike Komisarek filling in on the fourth line. With the current rash of injuries, the Canes have not recalled a Checker, so the often-scratched Komisarek may be the only choice.

Last game against the Avalanche, the Hurricanes won because of a relentless forecheck, most notably the second line, and a stellar game from Justin Peters. A similar mentality will have to be used against the Ducks.

They’re a skilled team that knows how to score. Limiting chances, while wearing down the defensemen on the forecheck will be a key for the Canes.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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