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 Ward/Peters 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.
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 recap will be posted after the game.