The Carolina Hurricanes (26-23-9) start a four-game Western Conference road swing tonight when they take on the Dallas Stars (27-21-10) at 8:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
This is the first meeting between the two teams this season.Hurricanes Lineup Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin Jeff Skinner – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer Nathan Gerbe- Manny Malhotra – Tuomo Ruutu Drayson Bowman – Riley Nash – Radek Dvorak/Elias Lindholm Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey Jay Harrison – Brett Bellemore Cam Ward/Anton Khuboin Possible Scratches: Elias Lindholm and Mike Komisarek (Healthy). Justin Peters (Conditioning Stint). Stars Lineup Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin Rich Peverley – Cody Eakin – Erik Cole Antoine Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Ryan Garbutt Ray Whitney – Shawn Horcoff – Alex Chiasson Brenden Dillon – Jordie Benn Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley Kevin Connauton – Sergei Gonchar Kari Lehtonen/Dan Elllis Possible Scratches: Stephane Robidas (Injured).
Hurricanes Outlook: Things did not go at all how the team would have liked against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night when the Hurricanes came back from the Olympic break, but tonight is a chance to rebound.
The offense and even the defense looked fine, just beating the goaltender will be crucial for the Canes if they play like they did on Tuesday.
Elias Lindholm was scratched in the last game in place of Radek Dvorak. Dvorak played 10 minutes and was a minus-one. Coach Kirk Muller may make a switch with the two to try to bring in some more offense.
UPDATE: Lindholm will be in the lineup. Who he is replacing was not announced.
Cam Ward returned to the Canes net in over three weeks and while he was a victim of some unlucky goals, Anton Khudobin may get the start to try and get that success back from before the Olympic break.
UPDATE: It appears Khudobin will be in net tonight.
Stars Outlook: The Stars are in a similar boat as the Hurricanes as they compete for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference.
This is the team’s first game since the Olympic break. The Canes will have to jump out early as they already have their game legs from Tuesday’s game.
The team’s duo of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin has been a weapon as the two have a combined 107 points. From there, it’s a sharp dropoff with Cody Eakin in third with 28 points. Former Canes favorite Erik Cole has 25 points in 58 games.
Kari Lehtonen has been strong in net with 22 wins and a 2.48 GAA.
A recap will be posted after the game.