Only a few days after trading Tuomo Ruutu, the Carolina Hurricanes (27-27-9) will face the long-time winger as the team takes on the New Jersey Devils (27-24-13) tonight at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
The Hurricanes and Devils have played two previous games with each team splitting a win.Hurricanes’ Outlook Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin Jeff Skinner – Jordan Staal – Tuomo Ruutu Nathan Gerbe- Manny Malhotra – Elias Lindholm Drayson Bowman – Andrei Loktionov – Patrick Dwyer Andrej Sekera – Ron Hainsey Brett Bellemore – Jay Harrison Ryan Murphy – Mike Komisarek Cam Ward/Anton Khuboin Possible Scratches: Justin Faulk and John-Michael Liles (Injured). Radek Dvorak, Riley Nash and Justin Peters (Healthy). Devils’ Lineup Ryan Clowe – Travis Zajac – Jaromir Jagr Patrick Elias – Adam Henrique – Damien Brunner Tuomo Ruutu – Dainus Zubrus – Michael Ryder Ryan Carter – Stephen Gionta – Steve Bernier Andy Greene – Mark Fayne Jon Merrill – Bryce Salvador Eric Gelinas – Marek Zidlicky Martin Brodeur [Cory Schneider]
Besides Ruutu, this game will also be the return for Andrei Loktionov, who played in his first game with the Canes yesterday, recording 11 minutes of ice time.
Last night, the Hurricanes were simply outworked and outplayed in their 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers and couldn’t do anything on the man-advantage, as has been the case for most of the season.
Although playoffs aren’t really an option, the team needs to continue to work hard and try for wins. The players jobs are on the line and fans are becoming restless of the bad play.
John Michael-Liles was injured last night and is not expected to play.
Anton Khudobin may have let up three goals, but did make 40 saves against the Rangers. However, I would expect Cam Ward to get the call in this one after the Kazakhstan native’s loss.
In his first game with the Devils last night, Ruutu played 13 minutes mostly on a line with Danius Zubrus and Michael Ryder. The trio is three big guys, all with dried-up scoring capability.
The Devils are sixth in the Metropolitan Division with 67 points and are trying to make a late-season push for the playoffs, which is why the team decided to make a play for Ruutu.
Last night, the team did not help their cause by losing to a possible wild card opponent in the Detroit Red Wings, 7-4.
Martin Brodeur will be in net tonight.
Jaromir Jagr leads the team with 54 points, while Patrick Elias has 41.
A recap will be posted after the game.