The Carolina Hurricanes (34-35-11) take to the road to finish their season tonight against the Detroit Red Wings (38-27-15) at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
In two previous meetings, the Red Wings won both games, but the two teams have not played since Nov. 21.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). Red Wings’ Lineup Johan Franzen – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader Tomas Tater – Riley Sheahan – Gustav Nyquist Thomas Jurco – Darren Helm – Daniel Alfredsson Drew Miller – David Legwand – Luke Glendening Niklas Kronwall – Brendan Smith Danny Dekeyser – Kyle Quincy Brian Lashoff – Jakub Kindl Jimmy Howard/Jonas Gustavsson Possible Scratches: Stepehn Weiss, Henrik Zetterberg, Danny Cleary and Jonathan Ericsson.
The Canes finished their home schedule last night and not in good fashion. The team played a listless game and suffered a three-goal loss to the Washington Capitals.
The first line of Jiri Tlusty, Alexander Semin and Eric Staal had a strong game, but every player needs to show up to have success.
This game could also decide if the Hurricanes can finish above a .500 record or not. Should the Canes lose, they will finish with a losing record.
Anton Khudobin had a mediocre game last night, but Cam Ward is dealing with an upper-body injury and may not be ready to play.
Red Wings’ Outlook
After a few rough months, the Wings were able to clinch a playoff spot the other night and are still fighting for a better spot in the postseason seedings.
If the Hurricanes found the Capital’s determination too much to overcome last night, I can’t imagine that the Red Wings’ determination will be anything less, and probably more.
Gustav Nyquist has been on a tear lately and now has 48 points in 55 games. 28 of those points have come in goals and has created a secondary scoring threat for the team.
Jimmy Howard is the likely starter.
A recap will be posted after the game.