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 Murphy/Harrison/Gleason Peters [Ward] 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 Fasth Hiller 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.
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.