After losing last night to the Vancouver Canucks, the Carolina Hurricanes (13-13-5) will test their luck against the Edmonton Oilers (10-18-3) tonight at 9:30 ET at Rexall Place. 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 – Elias Lindholm Patrick Dwyer – Riley Nash – Jiri Tlusty Kevin Westgarth – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera Ryan Murphy – Ron Hainsey Jay Harrison – Tim Gleason Cam Ward/Justin Peters Scratches: Alex Semin, Anton Khudobin, Drayson Bowman, Brett Bellemore, Mike Komisarek (Injured). Oilers Lineup Taylor Hall – Sam Gagner – Nail Yakupov David Perron – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle Ryan Smyth – Mark Arcobello – Ales Hemsky Luke Gadzik – Anton Lander – Ryan Jones Anton Belov – Andrew Ference Justin Schultz – Nick Schultz Jeff Petry – Martin Marincin Devan Dubnyk/Jason LaBarbera Scratches: Tyler Pitlick, Boyd Gordon, Ilya Bryzgalov, Richard Bachman, Philip Larsen (Injured).
Hurricanes Outlook: The Canes suffered a tough loss last night when they peppered Eddie Lack with 31 shots, but could not beat the goalie at all throughout the game. However, the team did not play a bad game, but could simply not beat the goalie.
Oilers Outlook: It looks like it will be another rough season for the Oilers as they have 23 points and sit 28th in the league. The main reason for the free fall is lackluster goaltending in Dubnyk. Ilya Bryzgalov was brought in to help, but was injured after four games.
Defense has also been inconsistent for the team as it features a largely young group of players.
Despite the problems in net and on the blue line, the offense has played well with four players recording over 20 points this season and despite the bad start, Edmonton is 6-3-1 in its last ten games.
The Oilers last played Saturday night losing to the Calgary Flames in the shootout, but defeated the Colorado Avalanche 8-2 in the game before that.
The Canes do not want to get in a barn burner with the Oilers. The goaltending and defense may be weak, but the offense still possesses plenty of weapons.
A recap will be posted after the game.
Topics: Carolina Hurricanes