The Carolina Hurricanes (25-20-9) will welcome former coach Paul Maurice back to PNC Arena tonight as the team takes on the Winnipeg Jets (27-25-5) at 7 ET.
This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season.Hurricanes’ Lineup: Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin Jeff Skinner – Jordan Staal – Elias Lindholm Nathan Gerbe- Manny Malhotra – Patrick Dwyer Drayson Bowman – Riley Nash – Tuomo Ruutu Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey Jay Harrison – Brett Bellemore Anton Khudobin/Justin Peters Possible Scratches: Radek Dvorak, Justin Peters and Mike Komisarek (Healthy). Jets’ Lineup: Andrew Ladd – Bryan Little – Michael Frolik Chris Thorburn – Marc Scheifele – Blake Wheeler Devin Setoguchi – Olli Jokinen – Dustin Byfuglien Eric Tangradi – James Wright – Anthony Peluso Zach Bogosian – Tobias Enstrom Jacob Trouba – Mark Stuart Keaton Ellerby – Adam Pardy Ondrej Pavelek/Al Montoya Possible Scratches: Jim Slater, Matt Halishuk, Evander Kane, Paul Postma and Grant Clitsome (Injured).
Hurricanes’ Outlook: In the Canes’ last game the team earned an impressive 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues that featured a complete 60-minute game with plenty of energy up and down the lineup. If the Hurricanes can play like that every night, they’ll be able to beat any team.
But the fact is, teams don’t play like that every night. Things have to come together just right to get results like that and the Hurricanes will just have to try to do what they did on Friday night, tonight.
Perhaps the biggest story to watch, is which goalie coach Kirk Muller chooses as Cam Ward is finally healthy. He hasn’t announced yet, but my money is on Anton Khudobin who has played too well to take out of the net.
Jets’ Outlook: Despite being in last place in the Central Division, the Jets have the same amount of points as the Hurricanes, and actually two more wins.
One reason for the impressive number of wins is Maurice’s record since taking over the team. In 11 games, the Jets have a 9-2-0 record, helping the team move back into the tight playoff race in the Western Conference.
One thing that has always been a problem for the Jets is goaltending with Ondrej Pavelec supplying inconsistent performances in net. The Canes will have to expose the netminder if he’s in net, if not then it will be solving Al Montoya.
A recap will be posted after the game.