March 9, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Dan Ellis (31) dives to stop a shot by New Jersey Devils right wing Tom Kostopoulos (25) during the 3rd period at the PNC center. The Hurricanes defeated the Devils 6-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #64 At New Jersey Devils

Mar 4, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) makes a save during the first period of their game against the Detroit Red Wings at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Devils’ Outlook

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.

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