March 15, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; St. Louis Blues defensemen Alex Pietrangelo (27) takes a 3rd period shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Hurricanes defeated the Blues 2-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #20 at St. Louis Blues

The Carolina Hurricanes (8-7-4) will complete their three-game swing against Western Conference opponents tonight at 8 p.m. ET against the St. Louis Blues (12-2-3). 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
Harrison – Murphy
 
Peters
[Murphy]
 
Scratched: Skinner, Dvorak, Khudobin, Westgarth (Injured).
 
Blues Lineup
Steen – Backes – Schwartz
Taresenko – Berglund – Oshie
Sobotka – Roy – Stewart
Morrow – Lapierre – Reaves
 
Pietrangelo – Bouwmeester
Shattenkirk – Jackman
Polak – Cole
 
Halak
[Elliot]
 
Scratches: Paajarvi, Leopold (Injured).

Depth is the name of the game for the Blues. They’re stacked in all three positions, which has led to their success over the past few seasons.

A usual problem for the team is a lack of an elite game-changing forward in their ranks, but Alex Steen has grown into that role early into the season, leading the league in goals scored.

With the Blues tremendous defensive depth, it will be difficult for all of the Hurricanes’ lines. They will have to outwork the defensemen, which could be the problem given the team’s recent schedule.

The Canes played last night in Raleigh, running late into a shootout, then had to fly to St. Louis for the game tonight. The players will be gassed by the end of this game, so getting an early lead will be important for the Canes.

And while the Blues’ depth is something to be impressed by, the Hurricanes depth has also come up huge lately in players like Drayson Bowman and Patrick Dwyer.

It may be an individual performance like those that pushes the Hurricanes to another win.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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