Dec 12, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (5) and Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) fight for position in front of Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo (31) during the overtime period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #47 Vs. Calgary Flames

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The Carolina Hurricanes will look to get back on the winning track tonight at home against the Calgary Flames at 7 ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

The Canes played the Flames during their Western Conference road swing in December. Jeff Skinner tied the game at one in the third period before Chris Butler won the game for Calgary in overtime.

Hurricanes Lineup:
Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer
Tuomo Ruutu- Elias Lindholm – Radek Dvorak
Jiri Tlusty – Manny Malhotra – Drayson Bowman
 
Andrej Sekera – Andrej Sekera
Brett Bellemore – Ron Hainsey
John-Michael Liles – Jay Harrison
 
Anton Khudobin/Justin Peters
Possible Scratches: Cam Ward (Injured). Ryan Murphy, Riley Nash and Mike Komisarek (Healthy).
 
Flames Lineup:
Mike Cammalleri – Mikael Backlund – Lee Stempniak
Paul Byron – Sean Monahan – Jiri Hudler
T.J. Galiardi – Matt Stajan – Lance Bouma
Kevin Westgarth – Joe Colborne – Brian McGratton
 
Mark Giordano – T.J. Brodie
Dennis Wideman – Shane O’Brien
Ladislav Smid – Chris Butler
 
Reto Berra/Karri Ramo
Possible Scratches: Curtis Glencross, Blair Jones and Kris Russel (Injured).

Hurricanes Outlook: The Canes may finally getting back to a healthy lineup as Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty skated yesterday and Riley Nash was taken off of injured reserve on Saturday.

Staal will be welcomed back into the lineup with open arms as the center is much needed on the first line. He should help Jeff Skinner and Alexander Semin get back to the games they were playing before the captain’s injury.

If Tlusty and Nash are also back in the lineup it will help create depth for a team that couldn’t get a puck past the hot Sergei Bobrovsky on Friday night.

Jay Harrison played in place of Ryan Murphy against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but could take a seat for Ryan Murphy to help the Hurricanes’ offense.

Anton Khudobin has played every game since Cam Ward was injured, suffering his first loss against the Blue Jackets. Kirk Muller has a tough decision to make in net for this one.

Flames Outlook: The Flames were a middling team when the Hurricanes met them a month ago and things have only gotten worse.

With a 2-8-0 record in their last 10, the Flames have fallen to sixth place in the Pacific, only a point above the Edmonton Oilers.

Calgary lost its third game in a row Saturday, 2-1, against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Kevin Westgarth will make his return to Raleigh as he has been in the Flames’ lineup since he was traded to Calgary two weeks ago.

Jiri Hudler leads the team with 36 points in 45 games, but it’s a quick dropoff from there with Mike Cammalleri following him with 21 points in 37 games.

A starter has not been announced yet.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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