Less than a week after losing in catastrophic fashion to the New York Rangers (35-26-4), the Carolina Hurricanes (27-28-9) will look for a better outing against the same team tonight at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.Hurricanes Lineup 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/Michal Jordan Cam Ward/Anton Khuboin Possible Scratches: Justin Faulk and John-Michael Liles (Injured). Radek Dvorak, Riley Nash, Mike Komisarek/Michal Jordan and Justin Peters (Healthy). Rangers’ Lineup Chris Kreider – Derek Stepan – Rick Nash Carl Hagelin – Brad Richards – Martin St. Louis Benoit Pouliot – Derick Brassard – Mats Zuccarello Daniel Carcillo – Brian Boyle – Dominic Moore Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi Anton Stralman – Marc Staal John Moore – Kevin Klein Henrik Lundqvist [Cam Talbot] Injuries: Derek Dorsett (Healthy).
The Hurricanes looked much better the day after the four-goal deficit the team had in the third period against the Rangers last Friday. They were able to turn the table and actually make a comeback, but could not earn any points.
The Canes recalled Michal Jordan yesterday, although the reason was not too clear. John-Michael Liles and Justin Faulk missed yesterday’s practice because of injuries, but the team still has six healthy defensemen. Either way, Jordan may get his first NHL game of the season.
Eric Staal also did not practice due to a sickness and may not play tonight.
The Rangers played one game, against the Detroit Red Wings, since they made the impressive comeback against the Hurricanes on Friday. Against the Wings, the team won 3-0 and played a full 60 minutes against Detroit.
New York is attempting to push into the playoffs after a strong first four months of the season. While the team had a strong start, it hasn’t solidified as a playoff team just yet.
However, the Rangers are now second in the Metropolitan with 74 points, after leapfrogging the Philadelphia Flyers by one point.
Henrik Lundqvist will likely be in net tonight.
A recap will be posted after the game.