The Carolina Hurricanes return to the states to take on longtime rival, the Washington Capitals tonight 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 fourth meeting between the two teams. The Hurricanes have a 2-1 record, but the Caps won the last meeting on Dec. 20. The Hurricanes actually played a strong game in that one and deserved a better outcome, but couldn’t score on Philipp Grubauer.Hurricanes Lineup Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer Tuomo Ruutu – Brett Sutter – Drayson Bowman Zach Boychuk – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera Brett Bellemore – Ron Hainsey Ryan Murphy/Mike Komisarek – John-Michael Liles Justin Peters/Anton Khudobin Possible Scratches: Jiri Tlusty, Cam Ward Riley Nash and Jay Harrison (Injured). Ryan Murphy or Mike Komisarek (Healthy). Capitals Lineup Marcus Johansson – Nicklas Backstrom – Alex Ovechkin Eric Fehr – Mikhail Grabovski – Troy Brouwer Jason Chimera – Martin Erat – Joel Ward Aaron Volpatti – Jay Beagle – Tom Wilson Karl Alzner – John Carlson Mike Green – Dmitry Orlov John Erskine – Steve Olesky Braden Holtby/Philipp Grubauer Possible Scratches: Brooks Laich, Michael Latta and Jack Hillen
Hurricanes Outlook: The Canes pulled off a come-from-behind win in their last game against the Montreal Canadiens, but it wasn’t enough for GM Jim Rutherford to not make a move as he traded Tim Gleason for John-Michael Liles.
Liles should make his Hurricane debut tonight. Ryan Murphy or Mike Komisarek will be scratched. I would guess it would be Murphy since he and Liles are both offensive defenseman.
The newly formed first line played well together and scored four of the five goals Tuesday night. A game like that is always good, but some other scoring would come in handy.
UPDATE: Riley Nash is injured. Brett Sutter was recalled on an emergency basis and will replace him in the lineup.
Capitals Outlook: Since defeating the Hurricanes on Dec. 20, the Caps have only won one game in five, which has led to other Metropolitan teams catch them in the standings.
However, their lineup is starting to come back together from injuries, but wins just haven’t come for the team. The Capitals lost to the Senators, 3-2, on Tuesday night.
Grubauer was in net against the Senators, but given his play against the Hurricanes in the last game, the team may give him the nod again.
The Canes have had better luck against Braden Holtby this season, but that doesn’t mean goals will come easy. The team needs to fight hard like it did against the Canadiens.
UPDATE: Grubauer will be in net tonight.
A recap will be posted after the game.