Dec 29, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Jay McClement (11) skates around the net with the puck as Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey (65) pressures him at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #45 Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Tim Gleason didn’t have to wait long to return to Raleigh as him and the Toronto Maple Leafs travel to North Carolina tonight to take on the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 ET. The game will be televised on SportSouth and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

The season series is tied at one win apiece. The Maple Leafs won the last game, 5-2, on Dec. 29. Phil Kessel had two goals in the game.

Hurricanes Lineup
Jeff Skinner – Tuomo Ruutu – Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer
Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak
Zach Boychuk – Elias Lindholm – Brett Sutter
 
Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk
Brett Bellemore – Ron Hainsey
John-Michael Liles – Jay Harrison/Ryan Murphy
 
Anton Khudobin/Justin Peters
Possible Scratches: Jiri Tlusty, Riley Nash, Cam Ward and Eric Staal (Injured). Mike Komisarek (Healthy).
 
Maple Leafs Lineup
James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Mason Raymond – Nazem Kadri – Joffrey Lupul
Nikolai Kulemin – Jay McClement – Jerry D’Amigo
Frazer McLaren – Carter Ashton – Colton Orr
 
Dion Phaneuf – Tim Gleason
Jake Gardiner – Cody Franson
Morgan Rielly – Paul Ranger
 
James Reimer
[Jonathan Bernier]
Possible Scratches: Dave Bolland, Trevor Smith, David Clarkson and Carl Gunnarsson (Injured). Mark Fraser (Healthy).

Hurricanes Outlook: Because Tuesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres was postponed, the Canes have had three days of rest, but have traveled, heading to Buffalo and back.

Riley Nash and Jiri Tlusty went with the team to Buffalo, but Kirk Muller said he would wait until today’s morning skate to decide if the two would play or not. The coach will also take a similar method with Elias Lindholm, who returned from the World Juniors Tuesday.

If the 18-year-old does play he could help the center depth as Eric Staal will also miss this game.

A starter has not been named, but given Muller’s past tendencies, Anton Khudobin will likely be in net in an effort to continue his four-game winning streak.

Noon Update: Ron Hainsey is ill and is a game-time decision. Tlusty, Nash and Justin Peters all skated with Rod Brind’amour after practice signaling they would not be playing.

This will also be John-Michael Liles‘ first game against his old team.

Maple Leafs Outlook: Since defeating the Hurricanes, the Maple Leafs have a 1-2 record; their only win coming in a shootout at the Winter Classic against the Detroit Red Wings. In the two losses, the team has given up 12 goals and scored only four.

Tim Gleason played his first game as a Maple Leaf Tuesday night against the New York Islanders. He played 15 minutes and had two shots, but was a -2. It’s possible Gleason does not play this game as coach Randy Carlyle has been shifting around his defensemen all season.

Jonathan Bernier suffered both of the losses this past week, so it’s possible the team goes with a change and the Canes could see James Reimer, who has been solid this season.

Update: Reimer will be in net tonight.

The Maple Leafs made a small change yesterday, sending Peter Holland to the minors and recalling Carter Ashton. Holland was acquired this season from the Anaheim Ducks, but was playing on the fourth line before the demotion.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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