Dec 20, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer (31) watch the puck on the stick of the Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) during the 3rd period at PNC Arena. The Washington Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #41 at Washington Capitals

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.

Cam Ward suffered a lower-body injury against the Canadiens, but Anton Khudobin is back with the team and could get the call in net.

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.

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Tags: Anton Khudobin Cam Ward Carolina Hurricanes John-Michael Liles

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