Nov 21, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) skates with the puck defended by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl (4) in the third period at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #81 At Detroit Red Wings

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Apr 2, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist (14) takes a shot for a goal in the third period against the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Hurricanes’ Outlook

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.

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