Stars At Hurricanes: Game Preview

The Carolina Hurricanes, (5-5-3) licked their wounds a bit on Saturday, as a couple of players were missing from the ice during practice while recuperating from the 5-1 beat down they took at the hands of the Washington Capitals the previous night.  Eric Staal and Chad LaRose attended practice, but took a "maintenance day" and did not take the ice. 

The Canes were preparing for their matchup against the Dallas Stars, (9-3-0) on Sunday afternoon at 1:30.

The Stars come into town with a little less than usual rest time between games as well.  The Stars defeated the Colorado Avs Friday night, 7-6 in Dallas.  

It's going to be guess work right now how Paul Maurice sets up his lines for this one, or even who he will start in goal.  The coach also hinted that he could change up the defense.  Jamie McBain had a tough night, (-4) against the Caps Friday  and there is some speculation that Derek Joslin might get his first start of the season.

Will Cam Ward get a break and could Brian Boucher get a chance to start at home with a fairly fresh team in front of him?  Boucher has yet to win this season, but each of his starts have been on the road for the second game of a back-to-back sequence.  Ward would be getting less than a 48 hour break since his busy night against the Caps, although the Canes are off until Tuesday night when they play in Jersey.


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Brian Boucher 3 181 0 2 14 4.64 94 80 .851 0


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Cam Ward 10 607 5 3 26 2.57 326 300 .920 1


Team captain Eric Staal is still trying to get on track.  Staal has a league worst -14 and is currently tied with Brandon Sutter, Tuomo Ruutu, and defenseman Jay Harrison for sixth in scoring on the team. 


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
Jeff Skinner 13 6 7 13 -5 8 2 0 2
45
Jussi Jokinen 12 3 6 9 4 10 0 0 0
23
Chad LaRose 13 3 5 8 -3 10 1 0 0
32
Joni Pitkanen 13 2 5 7 -8 6 1 0 1
27
Jiri Tlusty 13 2 4 6 0 4 0 0 1
27
Brandon Sutter 13 3 2 5 1 4 0 1 0
17
Tuomo Ruutu 13 3 2 5 -3 8 1 0 0
21
Eric Staal 13 3 2 5 -14 8 3 0 0
45
Jay Harrison 13 1 4 5 1 15 0 0 0
23

 

The Stars have the winningest goalie in the league at the moment, Kari Lehtonen, who has nine wins. 


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Kari Lehtonen 10 612 9 1 22 2.16 343 321 .936 0


Will he start, or will coach Glen Gulutzan give him a break? 

Their backup is Andrew Raycroft, who also has yet to win a game this season.


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Andrew Raycroft 2 117 0 2 5 2.56 54 49 .907 0


The hiring of Gulutzan has certainly paid dividends for Dallas so far and FS Southwest writer, Steve Hunt elaborates. 

Stars a tougher team to play against.

According to our partners over at Defending Big D, the forward lines could be as follows:

Eriksson-Benn-Ryder
Morrow-Ribeiro-Burish
Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak
Barch-Dowell-Petersen

Steve Ott is out of this one because of a hip pointer.  "Big D" will have more information about the Stars if you need it.

In case you missed them, there were a few recent local articles published today that are worth checking out.

Kurt has his latest take over on Hurricanes Beat

Peter has some analysis of the Caps game at The Raleigh Examiner

As always, Chip has the inside scoop from today's practice at Canes Now

The Canes lost both battles to the Stars last season, 4-1 and 2-1, although they are 6-2 against Dallas lifetime at the RBC.  Staal is a career point a game player against the Stars, (eight points, 5G 3A, in seven games).

This game will not be televised by FS Carolinas. You will have to get tickets, watch Center Ice, or listen in on 99.9 The Fan.  We will have our game thread loaded for bear and ready to go at 1ish.

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