The Carolina Hurricanes (34-34-11) will play their last home game of the season tonight as they take on the Washington Capitals (36-30-13) in Raleigh 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 Canes have had success against the Caps this season, winning three of four games including a 4-3 win in the last meeting on Jan. 2.Hurricanes’ Lineup Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin Nathan Gerbe/Patrick Dwyer – Jordan Staal – Andrei Loktionov Jeff Skinner – Riley Nash – Elias Lindholm Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak Ryan Murphy – Justin Faulk John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey Brett Bellemore – Jay Harrison Anton Khudobin/Cam Ward Possible Scratches: Andrej Sekera, Nathan Gerbe, Ryan Murphy and Cam Ward (Injured). Justin Peters and Mike Komisarek (Healthy). Capitals’ Lineup Mikhail Grabovski – Nicklas Backstrom – Alexander Ovechkin Dustin Penner – Marcus Johansson – Troy Brouwer Jason Chimera – Eric Fehr – Joel Ward Evgeny Kuznetsov – Jay Beagle – Tom Wilson Karl Alzner – John Carlson Tyson Strachan – Dmitry Orlov Connor Carrick – Julian Brouillete Jaroslav Halak/Braden Holtby Possible Scratches: Brooks Laich, Mike Green, Patrick Wey and Jack Hillen (Injured).
The Canes could have an interesting lineup tonight as Nathan Gerbe, who has played every game this season, sat out of practice yesterday and may not play tonight due to an upper-body injury. The same goes for Ryan Murphy and Cam Ward.
Andrej Sekera is not expected to play and could miss the last three games of the season.
With Ward’s apparent injury, expect Anton Khudobin to get the start in net.
The Caps were eliminated from the playoffs last night, despite not playing, as the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets clinched the two Wild Card spots, and possibly higher.
Alexander Ovechkin hit 50 goals again this year, as he continues to improve from a couple of down seasons.
Washington is on a two-win streak, including a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. The team is likely to be disappointed, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be taken lightly.
A recap will be posted after the game.