Dec 9, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes forward Manny Malhotra (22) during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #32 at Edmonton Oilers


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.

Tonight things may be a little easier against Devan Dubnyk or Jason LaBarbera, but you can never assume these things.

Patrick Dwyer returned to the lineup last night, but played on the third line. It’s possible he gets bumped up to his usual second-line spot or Elias Lindholm may stay there.

Drayson Bowman is nearing a return, but few updates have been given on the winger. He may play tonight and take Kevin Westgarth‘s spot on the fourth line.

Justin Peters played strong last night, but with two games in two nights, Cam Ward will likely return in net.

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.

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