The Carolina Hurricanes (17-16-9) will look to extend their three-game winning streak back in Raleigh tonight as they take on the Nashville Predators (18-18-6) at 7 ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
Hurricanes Outlook: The Hurricanes may have hit a three-win streak last night, but it was done at the expense of captain and center Eric Staal. An official injury was not announced and Kirk Muller did not have an update after the game. Right now, Staal playing is up in the air.
For now, I’ve moved all the centers up the depth chart, but if the Hurricanes are without Staal, it’s more likely a winger shifts over.
However, Anton Khudobin had a great game and if this game wasn’t a back-to-back he would be in net, but because it is, he may get a rest and Peters will get a chance in net again.
The Hurricanes used a three-goal second period and a wide array of scorers to lead them to a win. Doing that again will be important in this game and as the season moves along.
Predators Outlook: When the Hurricanes last played the Predators, the team was doing fine without Pekka Rinne, but it is almost the exact opposite now. The team sits in last in the Central Division and has a 3-4-3 record in its last 10.
Seth Jones has gone from first-pairing defenseman and possible U.S. Olympian to a bottom-pairing defenseman in the last month and a half.
A recap will be posted after the game.