After a three-game road trip to California that saw the Hurricanes go 1-1-1 (symmetry is nice), the team finally comes home to Raleigh for a little bit. Having won their last six games inside the friendly confines of PNC Arena, the Canes will play their next four games there. It all starts tonight against the Vancouver Canucks.
Bill Peters announced at the morning skate that both Jordan Staal and Elias Lindholm would be in the lineup tonight, and true to their word, the Canes activated Staal from injured reserve this afternoon (press release below). The Canes are now largely healthy save for the long-term absences of Eddie Lack (concussion) and Bryan Bickell (multiple sclerosis).
Here’s how the Canes will line up as they look to avenge their overtime loss to the Canucks in Vancouver two months ago:
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Derek Ryan
Joakim Nordstrom - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen - Lee Stempniak
Brock McGinn - Jay McClement - Viktor Stalberg
Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Matt Tennyson
On the other side of things, the Canucks are wrapping up a road swing that saw them come through the Eastern portion of the U.S. for five games. So far, they’ve fallen to the Devils, topped the Lightning, lost to the Panthers, and lost again to the Capitals. I’d expect them to come out hungry tonight looking to salvage this swing.
Here’s how they may line up to do that:
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jannik Hansen
Loui Eriksson - Brandon Sutter - Markus Granlund
Sven Baertschi - Bo Horvat - Alex Burrows
Jack Skille - Michael Chaput - Jayson Megna
Ben Hutton - Erik Gudbranson
Luca Sbisa - Troy Stetcher
Nikita Tryamkin - Alex Biega
CANES ACTIVATE STAAL FROM INJURED RESERVE
Center has missed the team's last seven games with a concussion
Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has activated center Jordan Staal from the injured reserve list. Staal, who has missed the team's last seven games due to a concussion, is eligible to play in tonight's game against the Vancouver Canucks.
Staal, 28, has scored five goals and added four assists (9 points) in 21 games for the Hurricanes this season. The Thunder Bay, Ont., native ranks first on the team and fifth in the NHL in faceoff percentage (minimum 100 faceoffs, 60.1%), and ranks third among Hurricanes forwards in average ice time per game (18:28). Originally selected by the Penguins in the first round, second overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Staal has totaled 400 points (176g, 224a) in 710 career NHL games with Pittsburgh and Carolina.