Dec 10, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal (12) fights to get the loose puck as Edmonton Oilers Goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) makes the save in the second period at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Chris Austin-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #68 Vs. Edmonton Oilers


Mar 14, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall (4) warms up before the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

A day after being blown out by the Boston Bruins, the Carolina Hurricanes (29-29-9) return home to take on the 29th-placed Edmonton Oilers (23-36-9) at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

The Oilers defeated the Hurricanes in overtime on Dec. 10 in the team’s lone earlier meeting.

Hurricanes Lineup
Jiri Tlusty – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe – Riley Nash – Patrick Dwyer
Manny Malhotra – Andrei Loktionov – Radek Dvorak
 
Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk
Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore
Jay Harrison - Ryan Murphy
 
Cam Ward/Anton Khudobin
Possible Scratches: John-Michael Liles (Injured). Drayson Bowman, Mike Komisarek and Justin Peters (Healthy).
 
Oilers’ Lineup
Taylor Hall – Anton Lander – David Perron
Nail Yakupov – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Jesse Joensuu – Boyd Gordon – Matt Hendricks
Luke Gazdik – Ryan Smyth – Ryan Jones
 
Andrew Ference – Justin Schultz
Martin Marincin – Jeff Petry
Oscar Klefbom – Philip Larsen
 
Ben Scrivens/Viktor Fasth
Possible Scratches: Anton Belov

Hurricanes’ Outlook

After a string of strong games, the Canes were blown out by the Bruins yesterday and while playoffs are still possible, losing games like that is not going to make anyone believer.

Andrej Sekera had a rough game, as is common to happen to him sometimes, for whatever reason. The Canes will need a better effort from the top-pairing defenseman. Justin Faulk returned to the lineup yesterday, playing 20 minutes and will see similar minutes today.

The Oilers should offer better opportunities to score and the forwards will need to cash in on those. Against a similar lesser-opponent in the Buffalo Sabres, the offense couldn’t score and cost the team two points coming out of the Olympic break.

Cam Ward had another strong game on Saturday, but coach Kirk Muller may go back to Anton Khudobin with two games in two afternoons.

Oilers’ Outlook

What looked like a more promising season with the additions of role players like Andrew Ference and Boyd Gordon on the Oilers roster, has only been more of the same for the team as it continues to struggle with the Western Conference.

Playoffs are out of the question and another lottery pick is more in reason for the Oilers, who are 4-3-3 in their last 10 and lost their last game in a shootout to the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1.

However, one area of concern seems to have been fixed with the additions of Ben Scrivens and Victor Fasth in net. Both young netminders will give a challenge to opposing teams.

Taylor Hall leads the team with 62 points in 61 games. Jordan Eberle has 50 in 67.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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