March 15, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; St. Louis Blues defensemen Alex Pietrangelo (27) takes a 3rd period shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Hurricanes defeated the Blues 2-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #54 Vs. St. Louis Blues

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The Carolina Hurricanes (24-20-9) will return to the ice in Raleigh tonight to take on one of the top teams from the Western Conference in the St. Louis Blues (36-11-5) 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 second meeting between the two teams. On Nov. 16, the Blues beat the Canes, 4-2.

Hurricanes’ Lineup:
Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner – Jordan Staal – Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe- Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak
Drayson Bowman – Riley Nash – Tuomo Ruutu
 
Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey
Jay Harrison – Mike Komisarek
 
Anton Khudobin/Justin Peters
Possible Scratches: Patrick Dwyer (Injured – Could Play). Brett Bellemore (Healthy).
 
Blues’ Lineup:
Alexander Steen – David Backes – Jaden Schwartz
Magnus Paajarvi – Patrick Berglund – T.J. Oshie
Vladimir Sobotka – Derek Roy – Vladimir Tarasenko
Brendan Morrow – Maxim Lapierre – Chris Stewart
 
Alex Pietrangelo – Jay Bouwmeester
Kevin Shattenkirk – Barret Jackman
Roman Polak – Ian Cole
 
Jaroslav Halak/Brian Elliot
Possible Scratches: None.

Hurricanes’ Outlook: The Canes’ last game did not go as the team would have liked as it couldn’t find an answer for Carey Price in net and fell by a 3-0 score to the Montreal Canadiens. The loss ended a four-game winning streak.

But the Hurricanes have had two days off to improve and rest after a busy schedule, so hopefully the team used the time wisely.

Aaron Palushaj was sent back to the Charlotte Checkers after the game on Tuesday, so that may mean Patrick Dwyer is ready to return to the lineup after dealing with an upper body injury.

Brett Bellemore still figures to be the extra defenseman, while Anton Khudobin will probably be the starter again, although a starter has not been announced yet.

Blues’ Outlook: The Blues are having another typically strong season for them. They are currently second in the Central Division, trailing the Chicago Blackhawks by only two points.

The team is coming in with a three-game winning streak including a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils in their last game on Monday night. The Blues have had as long of a rest as the Canes, so neither team should have an advantage in that department.

One staple of this Blues team are the smooth-skating defensemen that can log a ton of minutes in Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester.

Alexander Steen leads the balanced team with 45 points. T.J. Oshie trails him with 43 points.

Either Jaroslav Halak or Brian Elliot will be in net and both give the Blues a chance to win every night.

A recap will be posted after the game.

 

There’s still time to see the game live by getting your Carolina Hurricanes tickets here.

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