The Carolina Hurricanes (14-15-9) will continue their stretch of Eastern Conference opponents tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs (19-16-5) at 7 ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
The Hurricanes and Maple Leafs met once this season on Oct. 17. The Canes used a three-goal third period to comeback and earn a win after a flukey goal from Ron Hainsey.Hurricanes Lineup Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Tuomo Ruutu Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin Drayson Bowman – Riley Nash – Patrick Dwyer Zach Boychuk – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera Brett Bellemore – Ron Hainsey Tim Gleason – Mike Komisarek Cam Ward [Justin Peters] Possible Scratches: Jiri Tlusty and Jay Harrison (Injured). Ryan Murphy and Kevin Westgarth (Healthy). Anton Khudobin (Conditioning Stint). Maple Leafs Lineup James Van Riemsdyk – Nazem Kadri – Phil Kessel Mason Raymond – Peter Holland – Joffrey Lupul Nikolai Kulemin – Jay McClement – David Clarkson Jerry D’Amigo – Jerrod Smithson – Colton Orr Dion Phaneuf – Carl Gunnarsson Jake Gardiner – Cody Franson Morgan Rielly – Paul Ranger Jonathan Bernier/Ben Scrivens Possible Scratches: Dave Bolland, Tyler Bozak and Trevor Smith (Injured).
Hurricanes’ Outlook: The Canes played a strong 40 minutes against the Pens on Friday night, but a bad third period led to the team only earning a point in overtime.
Jordan Staal’s line had a great game, while Ron Hainsey played strong on defense. Justin Peters and Ryan Murphy both had rough games and will not be in the lineup tonight. Brett Bellemore is replacing Murphy, while Cam Ward will get the call in net.
It’s time for Ward to take back the starting role and prove why he is the franchise’s goalie. Tonight is the perfect opportunity to start that.
Zach Boychuk was taking some time on the second PP unit in practice today, so he may seem some time on the extra-man in this one.
Maple Leafs’ Outlook: The Maple Leafs also played Friday night, earning a shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres. Toronto ended the first period down two goals, but after a three-goal period were able to get back into the game.
Scoring has not been much of a problem for the team as six players have over 20 points. Phil Kessel leads the team with 18 goals and 35 points.
James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier also gives the team a strong goaltending duo that always give the Maple Leafs a chance to win.
Toronto has shown before that it will not quit on a game. The Hurricanes can not do what they did against the Penguins again.
A recap will be posted after the game.