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
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.
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.
A recap will be posted after the game.