The Carolina Hurricanes (13-13-7) will finish their four-game road trip and look for their first win during the stretch tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes (18-8-5) at 8 ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
The Hurricanes and Coyotes met earlier this season with Phoenix earning a convincing 5-3 win over the Canes. Anton Khudobin was in net for the Hurricanes in that game and Rob Klinkhammer scored twice to lead the Coyotes.Hurricanes Lineup Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Tuomo Ruutu Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin Jiri Tlusty – Riley Nash – Elias Lindholm Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra – Patrick Dwyer Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk Ryan Murphy – Ron Hainsey Jay Harrison – Tim Gleason Cam Ward/Justin Peters Scratches: Mike Komisarek and Brett Bellemore (Injured). Kevin Westgarth and Radek Dvorak (Healthy). Coyotes Lineup Tim Kennedy – Martin Hanzel – Radek Vrbata Rob Klinkhammer – Mike Riberio – David Moss Mikkael Boedker – Antoine Vermette – Kyle Chipchura Jordan Swarz – Jeff Halpern – Paul Bissonnette Keith Yandle – Connor Murphy Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Zybnek Michalek Michael Stone – David Schlemko Mik Smith/ Tho Greiss Scratches: La Korpikoski and Sha Doan (Injured).
Hurricanes Outlook: The Canes haven’t won a game in their three-game road swing against Western Conference opponents, but have managed to earn two points by going to overtime against the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames.
As has been the case lately, against the Flames the Hurricanes played well, but couldn’t earn a win as Karri Ramo played big in net, only allowing one goal.
The offense needs to start finishing its chances. It’s hard to do that against a hot goalie, but the team isn’t winning games because pucks aren’t going into the net. With Alexander Semin getting a second game, he should start to get back to where he was before the injury.
Justin Peters played strong against the Flames, but no starter has been announced yet.
Coyotes Outlook: The Coyotes are coming in with a two-game winning streak and points in three of their last games. They played the Oilers, Flames and Canucks last week (the three teams the Canes saw during this stretch), earning a 1-1-1 record.
On Thursday night, Phoenix beat the New York Islanders,6-3, scoring four goals in the second period. Mike Smith earned the win in net.
Despite not having a real offensive leader, especially with Shane Doan on injured reserve, the Coyotes have had no problems scoring with six players scoring over 20 points, not including Doan, who has 23. Four players have also scored nine goals this season.
The Coyotes rely on their defense to spark the offense often, specifically Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The Canes have to be aware of the speedy, offensive-driven d-men on Phoenix’s back-end tonight.
A recap will be posted after the game.