Carolina Hurricanes: Game #31 at Vancouver Canucks

The Carolina Hurricanes (13-12-5) will start a four-game road trip – all against Western Conference opponents – tonight against the Vancouver Canucks (16-10-5) at 10 ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan. If you’re located in or near Vancouver, you can find Carolina Hurricanes @ Vancouver Canucks tickets still available.

The two teams met last Sunday and an awful first period mixed with a lackluster powerplay was the Hurricanes’ demise that led to a 3-2 loss.

Hurricanes Lineup
Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Tuomo Ruutu
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer*
Jiri Tlusty – Riley Nash – Elias Lindholm
Drayson Bowman* – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak
*Could play
 
Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera
Ryan Murphy – Ron Hainsey
Jay Harrison – Tim Gleason
 
Cam Ward/Justin Peters
 
Possible Scratches: Alex Semin, Anton Khudobin, Brett Bellemore (Injured). Mike Komisarek (Healthy). Kevin Westgarth (Could play).
 
Canucks Lineup
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – David Booth
Chris Higgins – Ryan Kesler – Mike Santorelli
Jannik Hansen – Brad Richardson – Dale Weise
Tom Sestito – Zac Dalpe – Zack Kassian
 
Dan Hamhuis – Chris Tanev
Kevin Bieksa – Ryan Stanton
Andrew Alberts – Jay Garrison
 
Roberto Luongo/Eddie Lack
 
Possible Scratches: Jordan Schroeder, Alex Burrows (Injured) Jeremy Welsh (Healthy).
 

Hurricanes Outlook: Since the game against the Canucks, the Canes have won three in a row. Their last game against the San Jose Sharks was a big win over one of the top teams in the league.

Elias Lindholm had a huge game against the Sharks with three points, while Jeff Skinner led the team with a hat trick against the Nashville Predators the night before. As usual with the Hurricanes this season, they relied on a specific player and a hot goalie to earn both the wins.

However, other players have chipped in goals and assists lately such as Justin Faulk and Jordan Staal. The team will need that against the Canucks as beating Vancouver is never an easy thing to do.

Cam Ward won the game against the Sharks, so he figures to be in net once again. Anton Khudobin is nearing a return. It’s possible he takes the backup spot.

Alex Semin skated in practice yesterday, but will not be ready for the game. Patrick Dwyer, Drayson Bowman and Brett Bellemore all practiced yesterday, but in no-contact jerseys. No updates have been given on any of the three. Zach Boychuk or any other Checker has not been recalled. Kevin Westgarth is also available.

It’s also worth mentioning that this will be Manny Malhotra‘s first return to Vancouver since he left the team as a free agent over the summer. He was a fan favorite in the city and it may be an emotional return for the veteran.

Canucks Lineup: The Canucks have also played three games since the game against the Canes, winning all three and are on a four-game winning streak.

Vancouver played last night against the Colorado Avalanche, winning 3-1. As the game moves on tonight, the Canucks players could become more sluggish. However, the team is coming in with a lot of confidence with the recent wins.

In those four wins, the Canucks have given up six goals. The defense and goaltending has come together for Vancouver and scoring will not be simple.

Zac Dalpe got his first point of the season in the first meeting between the two teams and will likely play again tonight. Jeremy Welsh, another ex-Cane, has been scratched lately because Dalpe has taken his spot on the fourth line.

A recap will be posted after the game.

Topics: Carolina Hurricanes, Elias Lindholm, Jeff Skinner, Justin Faulk

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