Erik Cole is off to a slow start so far this season and is 12th on the Habs in scoring, (2G 2A) - Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
Riley Nash is officially recalled and will Erik Cole bust out tonight?
According to Chip Alexander's Twitter updates at this morning's skate, Nash was centering a line with Drayson Bowman, and (Kevin Westgarth alternating with Tim Wallace) while Tim Brent was centering Chad LaRose and Andreas Nodl.
But later in the morning, Alexander then reported that Brent left practice early and would not be playing tonight. The unofficial word is that the team will try to recall Jeremy Welsh in time for the game tonight.
((UPDATE: Welsh has been recalled))
Michael Smith also reported this morning that Tim Gleason was put on the injured reserve. The defenseman also did not make the trip, along with Joni Pitkanen. The Canes will use the same defensive pairings they did on Friday night against the Leafs.
There are other points of interest about the game tonight as well. Andrew Berkshire of Eyes on the Prize is telling me that P.K. Subban could miss tonight's game because of illness, (flu like symptoms) and Peter Budaj will get the start in goal. Budaj is not having the best of seasons so far.
|2012 - Peter Budaj||3||185||1||1||10||3.24||86||76||.884||0|
|2012 - Cam Ward||10||541||5||3||29||3.22||297||268||.902||0|
Brian is on vacation, so I took over the "three questions" segment for this game and of course I had to ask Andrew about Erik Cole, who was very outspoken during the lockout but has been pretty quiet to start this season with just two goals and two assists in 14 games. Apparently, the winger is creating chances, although things have just not clicked for him yet.
A big thanks to Andrew Berkshire for his input.
To check out Andrew's questions and my answers, check out the following link:
Finally, in other news Jiri Tlusty was just named the NHL's third star of the week. The winger had six points, (4G 2A) in three games for the Hurricanes in the team's three wins last week. Congrats to Tlusty!