The Carolina Hurricanes (14-13-7) will return home for the first time in two weeks to take on the Washington Capitals (18-13-3) at 7 ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
This will be the third meeting between the two teams. The Canes have won the previous two games including a Dec. 3 4-1 win. Jeff Skinner had two goals and an assist in the win.Hurricanes Lineup Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Tuomo Ruutu Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin Jiri Tlusty – Riley Nash – Patrick Dwyer Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera Ryan Murphy – Ron Hainsey Jay Harrison – Tim Gleason Cam Ward/Justin Peters Possible Scratches: Brett Bellemore Mike Komisarek and Anton Khudobin (Injured). Kevin Westgarth (Healthy). Elias Lindholm (WJC). Capitals Lineup Marcus Johansson – Nicklas Backstrom – Alex Ovechkin Eric Fehr – Martin Erat – Troy Brouwer Jason Chimera – Jay Beagle – Joel Ward Aaron Volpatti – Casey Wellman – Tom Wilson Karl Alzner – John Carlson Mike Green – Dmitry Orlov John Erskine – Steve Olesky Braden Holtby/Philipp Grubauer Possible Scratches: Brooks Laich, Mikhail Grabovski and Jack Hillen (Injured).
Hurricanes Outlook: With such a long break in between games it gave the team time to rest after four games on the road in the Western Conference. How the break effects them is the big question.
The Hurricanes may be slow to start the game with no game experience in a long time, but by the second period things should start to become more normal. Or they could come out with a lot of energy. These things effect teams differently.
No concrete updates were given on injuries over the break. Anton Khudobin participated more in practice, but him taking Justin Peter’s spot is unlikely. Brett Bellemore could also be nearing a return to create a logjam on defense.
Elias Lindholm could play. He was supposed to join Team Sweden on Dec. 22, so he could get into this game before heading to his native country.
Capitals Outlook: The Caps last played on Tuesday, losing to the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2 after earning a comeback win against the team two nights earlier.
A recap will be posted after the game.