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Jets @ Hurricanes: Game Day Preview

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The Carolina Hurricanes, (17-24-9) will play their final game before the All Star Break tonight as they take on division rival, the Winnipeg Jets, (22-20-6) tonight at the RBC.

The Hurricanes are coming off a tough, 2-1 overtime loss against the Islanders on Saturday night. The Jets also lost Saturday night, 4-3 in a shootout to Florida.

Expect the lines to be the same as against the Islanders:

  • Tlusty, Staal, Ruutu
  • Dwyer, Sutter, Nodl
  • Jokinen, Skinner, Dalpe
  • Stewart, Brent, LaRose
  • Gleason, Allen
  • Harrison, Faulk
  • McBain, Joslin

Cam Ward will be facing Chris Mason in net. Mason has three wins against Carolina in all three meetings between the teams so far this season.


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Cam Ward 43 2497 17 17 121 2.91 1315 1194 .908 2


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Chris Mason 13 601 6 4 23 2.30 263 240 .913 2


According to Arctic Ice Hockey, the lines for the Jets tonight will be as follows:

Forwards

#8 Alexander Burmistrov -- #18 Bryan Little -- #26 Blake Wheeler

#16 Andrew Ladd -- #80 Nik Antropov -- #13 Kyle Wellwood

#15 Tanner Glass -- #19 Jim Slater -- #22 Chris Thorburn

#17 Eric Fehr -- #28 Patrice Cormier -- #20 Antti Miettinen

Defencemen

#39 Tobias Enstrom -- #6 Ron Hainsey

#29 Johnny Oduya -- #4 Zach Bogosian

#5 Mark Stuart -- #12 Randy Jones

Goaltender

#50 Chris Mason

Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien are both out.

As mentioned above, the Hurricanes have yet to beat Winnipeg is three tries this season. They are 3-8-2 overall against the Southeast Division.

The game will be televised locally by FS Carolinas. Brian and I will be reporting live from press row on our Open Thread/Live Blog starting at 6:30.