Two days after a big win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Carolina Hurricanes (33-32-11) take on their last Western Conference opponent of the season in the Dallas Stars (37-27-11) 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.
The Stars won the only meeting, 4-1, on Feb. 27.Hurricanes’ Lineup Chris Terry – Eric Staal – Andrei Loktionov Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer Jeff Skinner – Riley Nash – Elias Lindholm Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey Brett Bellemore – Jay Harrison Cam Ward/Anton Khudobin Possible Scratches: Mike Komisarek and Justin Peters (Healthy). Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty (Injured). Stars’ Lineup Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin Ray Whitney – Dustin Jeffrey – Alex Chiasson Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt Vernon Fiddler – Shawn Horcoff – Colton Sceviour Brendon Dillon – Jordie Benn Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley Patrick Nemeth – Sergei Gonchar Kari Lehtonen/Tim Thomas Possible Scratches: Rich Peverley (Injured).
The Canes played one of their better games of the second half of the season on Tuesday, where they were able to fight back after a 1-0 deficit and scored four unanswered goals over a superior team for the win.
Elias Lindholm had a great game and while those efforts can’t be expected every night from the 19 year old, it’s games like that, that show the promise of his future.
Jeff Skinner also factored into the play of Lindholm and those two with Riley Nash has really worked out.
One player that could have more success in the effort and production departments is Eric Staal, who has not played well lately.
Anton Khudobin played a good game, but Cam Ward may have played better against the Ottawa Senators on Monday night. Picking the starter won’t be easy for coach Kirk Muller.
Chris Terry was not sent down, meaning Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty are likely to miss another game.
UPDATE: Zach Boychuk was recalled. Whose spot he takes in the lineup or whether he plays at all is a question.
As the season winds down, it seems that the Hurricanes are getting plenty of opponents with playoffs on the line and tonight will be no different with the Stars.
With seven games left, Dallas sits in the last playoff spot in the West with 85 points. The Phoenix Coyotes have the same amount, but with two more games played.
And the Stars are playing like a team that will make the playoffs with a three-game winning streak, including a 5-0 win against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.
Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn lead the offense with 77 and 71 points, respectively. Kari Lehtonen is having another good season in his efforts to get the team into the postseason.
A recap will be posted after the game.