Dec 10, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal (12) and defenceman Andrej Sekera (4) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers in the second period at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Chris Austin-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #24: At Calgary Flames

2:30 UPDATE: Alex Semin will return to the Hurricanes lineup, according to Kirk Muller. It was not said which line he will play on.

The Carolina Hurricanes (13-13-6) will look to get their first win of their four-game Western Conference road trip tonight against the Calgary Flames (11-15-4) at 9 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 – Elias Lindholm
Jiri Tlusty – Riley Nash – Patrick Dwyer
Kevin Westgarth – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak
Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera
Ryan Murphy – Ron Hainsey
Jay Harrison – Tim Gleason
Scratches: Drayson Bowman (Could Plau). Alex Semin, Brett Bellemore, Mike Komisarek and Anton Khudobin (Injured)
Flames Lineup
Mike Cammalleri – Matt Stajan – Lee Stempniak
Sven Baertschi – Joe Colborne – Jiri Hudler
Lance Bouma – Mikael Backlund – David Jones
Blair Jones – Paul Byron – Brian McGratton
Mark Giordano – Ladislav Smid
Kris Russell – T.J. Brodie
Shane O’Brien – Chris Butler
Reta Berra/Karri Ramo
Scratches: Curtis Glencross, T.J. Galiardi, Sean Monahan and Dennis Wideman (Injured)

Hurricanes Outlook: After playing two games in two nights, the Canes looked tired against the Edmonton Oilers in the first period of Tuesday’s game. But by the third period the team was playing a strong game and was able to come back from a three-goal deficit.

If the Canes can play like they did against the Oilers in the third period, they should have no problem against the Flames, which they should be able to do with an actual day of rest in between games.

Cam Ward let in four goals against the Oilers, but played well by the end of the game. Justin Peters played against the Canucks on Monday night and this game could go to the 25-year-old.

This is an important game for the Canes. The road trip is quickly coming to a close and have yet to earn two points in a win. The Flames aren’t that great of a team and the Hurricanes need to take advantage of that and show their superiority.

On the injury front, Drayson Bowman and Alex Semin both skated wearing full-contact jerseys yesterday, however, no update was given on either player’s timetable for return.

Flames Outlook: After a strong start to the season, the Flames have looked more like the team analysts expected them to be at the beginning of the season – a bottom-feeder, but have a 5-4-1 record in their last 10.

A big reason for their fall in the standings could be the number of injuries the team has taken to its star players including Curtis Glencross, Sean Monahan and Dennis Wideman.

The Flames lost in their last game, also on Tuesday, against the Boston Bruins in Jarome Iginla‘s return to the city.

Jiri Hudler is leading the team with 28 points, while no other Flame has come close to that. Mike Cammalleri, Monahan and Kris Russell are all tied for second with 15 points.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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