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Jan 2, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk (27) skates with the puck as Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (90) chases in the third period at Verizon Center. The Hurricanes won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #80 Vs. Washington Capitals

Apr 8, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) skates with the puck against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at Scottrade Center.The Washington Capitals defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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).

Hurricanes’ Outlook

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.

Eric Staal skated with Jiri Tlsusty and Alexander Semin at practice yesterday, which likely means that line will be back together.

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.

Capitals’ Lineup

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.

The Capitals could be in a similar boat as the Hurricanes. Coach Adam Oates is now a candidate to be fired, just like Kirk Muller, and other changes in the lineup could take place.

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.

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