February 17, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Jaroslav Spacek (8) and the San Jose Sharks right wing Benn Ferriero (78) try to control the loose puck during the 2nd period at the RBC center. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #30: vs. San Jose Sharks


The Carolina Hurricanes (12-12-5) return home for the first time since Sunday to take on the San Jose Sharks (19-4-5) at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

Hurricanes Lineup
Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Tuomo Ruutu
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer*/Zach Boychuk
Jiri Tlusty – Riley Nash – Elias Lindholm
Drayson Bowman* – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak
 
Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera
Ryan Murphy – Ron Hainsey
Jay Harrison – Mike Komisarek*
 
Cam Ward/Justin Peters
*May Not Play
 
Scratches: Alex Semin, Anton Khudobin, Brett Bellemore and Tim Gleason (Injured). Kevin Westgarth (Could Play).
 
Sharks Lineup
Tommy Wingels – Logan Couture – Patrick Marleau
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Brent Burns
Tyler Kennedy – Joe Pavelski – Martin Havlat
James Sheppard – Andrew Desjardins – Mike Brown
 
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Dan Boyle – Brad Stuart
Jason Demers – Scott Hannan
 
Antti Niemi/Alex Stalock
 
Scratches: Raffi Torres and Adam Burish (Injured).

Hurricanes Outlook: The Canes played a great game last night against the Nashville Predators as Jeff Skinner led the team to a 5-2 win off of his first career hat trick.

But it wasn’t only Skinner that played a strong game as a majority of the Canes forwards played a good game. The level of play gave the team their second win in a row as they head back to Raleigh on a high note.

But the Hurricanes didn’t get out of Tennessee without any bad luck as Drayson Bowman, Patrick Dwyer and Mike Komisarek all left the game with injuries. The severity of the injuries were not announced, but none of the players will have any time to rest if they want to play in tonight’s game.

Dwyer obviously has an eye injury after he was hit in the area with a stick, while Bowman and Komisarek were both announced as lower-body injuries. If one of the forwards can’t go, Kevin Westgarth will step in, but the Canes have no extra defensemen on the roster.

Brett Bellemore was already ruled out of tonight’s game and Tim Gleason is still not ready for game action. No recalls have been made yet, so we’ll see what Muller decides to do here.

The only area that didn’t get injured last night was the goalies. Justin Peters played a strong game and may get his third start in a row. It will be a heavy workload with three games in four days, but the 27-year-old has played well enough to earn the starts.

We’ll have updates throughout the day on the injuries and replacements the Hurricanes could be facing.

Sharks Outlook: The Sharks went into Pittsburgh last night in a showdown between two of the best teams in the NHL and came out one of the worst ways the team would have liked as it fell 5-1 to the Penguins.

The Sharks gave up four goals in the second period, which tends to be the Canes’ best period of late.

The only Shark to score was Tomas Hertl, who notched his 14th goal of the season. Before the loss, the Sharks were riding a six-game winning streak.

The loss probably isn’t a good thing for the Hurricanes. San Jose had plenty of time to think about the loss in its travel to Raleigh and will want revenge on a beating that shouldn’t have happened. The Sharks are skilled and have depth in every area that the Hurricanes will have to be aware of.

Antti Niemi started the game last night, but was pulled after the fourth goal. Alex Stalock came on in relieve, but gave up two goals on five shots. However, a starter has not been announced for the game.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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