The Dallas Stars are in town to do battle with the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at the RBC. The two teams tangled just a few weeks ago in Dallas as Marty Turco and his teammates blanked the Canes, 2-0.
Turco will be back in net tonight, but this time his counterpart will be Cam Ward, who has recently returned from injury. This will be the third game back for the goalie and he has yet to win since his return, (0-1-1). As a matter of fact, he only has two wins so far this entire season.
|2009 - Cam Ward||17||949||2||10||48||3.03||476||428||.899||0|
|2009 - Marty Turco||23||1395||10||6||57||2.45||686||629||.917||2|
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman, Tim Gleason, will not play tonight. Gleason took a puck to the face off of an Alex Ovechkin shot last week, but was able to play later in the game and in Ottawa the following night. But since then, he has suffered from concussion like symptoms and the team has rested him.
Bryan Rodney has been recalled and will take his place. Rodney joins an already thin blueline as River Rat teammates Brett Carson and Jay Harrison also patrol the Carolina zone as they have filled in for the injured Joe Corvo and Niclas Wallin.
Joni Pitkanen, Aaron Ward, and Andrew Alberts are the healthy regulars.
The forwards remain without the services of Erik Cole and Chad LaRose, but Sergei Samsonov will return after missing a couple of games with a lower body concern. The lines should start off as follows:
- Staal, Whitney, Ruutu
- Cullen, Samsonov, Jokinen
- Sutter, Dwyer, Kostopoulos
- Yelle, Brind'Amour, Walker
According to Andrew's Dallas Stars Blog, the Dallas lines looked like the following this week: (The fourth line was mixed and matched).
The Hurricanes are riding a three game losing streak and have lost eight of their last ten, (2-7-1).
The Stars have played four overtime games in a row, losing two of them in shootouts, winning one shootout, and losing to the Ducks in OT, (1-0-3).
For more info about the Stars, check out Defending Big D and Andrew's Blog, (already listed above).
The game starts at 7 and there will be no local television. Chuck will be on 99.9 The Fan and we will have our Open Game Thread starting at 6:30, as always.
Will the Hurricanes young defense come through?