For the third straight game, the Hurricanes will ice the same lineup tonight in Anaheim, the same one that shut out the Lightning in Raleigh on Sunday. That means Matt Tennyson, who sat out Tuesday’s practice before the team flew to California, is (relatively speaking) good to go and the Canes will scratch Ryan Murphy in his first game back on the active roster.
Unfortunately, it also means that Elias Lindholm, who took the morning skate this morning and isn’t far off from returning, won’t be in the lineup tonight. He seems to be getting closer and it is becoming more likely that he returns to the squad before the Canes return home next Tuesday.
Here are the Canes’ lines:
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Phillip Di Giuseppe
Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen - Lee Stempniak
Brock McGinn - Derek Ryan - Andrej Nestrasil
Joakim Nordstrom - Jay McClement - Viktor Stalberg
Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk
Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin - Matt Tennyson
Injuries and Scratches: Bryan Bickell (IR multiple sclerosis), Elias Lindholm (lower body), Jordan Staal (IR concussion), Eddie Lack (IR concussion)
Additionally, the Canes announced Klas Dahlbeck will be assigned to the Charlotte Checkers on a conditioning stint. Dahlbeck last played on Nov. 12 in the Canes home win against the Washington Capitals. The press release follows below. Dahlbeck will join the Checkers in Stockton, CA, where they are facing off against the Stockton Heat tonight.
The Ducks skipped line rushes at this morning’s practice and a few tweaks are expected in their lineup.
Rickard Rakell is likely to miss his second consecutive game with an upper body injury and Nick Ritchie will take his spot on the top line if he is unable to play.
Stefan Noesen is expected to make his season debut tonight after a recall from the San Diego Gulls earlier today. From our friend Cory Lavalette at NSJ, here’s what you need to know about Noesen:
Two things: 1) Former Plymouth Whaler; 2) Has never scored an NHL goal.— Cory Lavalette (@corylav) December 7, 2016
You know where this is headed. https://t.co/zyzCvW25VH
John Gibson will get the start in net.
Nick Ritchie - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg
Joseph Cramarossa - Antoine Vermette - Ondrej Kase
Ryan Garbutt - Stefan Noesen - Logan Shaw
Cam Fowler - Sami Vatanen
Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson
Shea Theodore - Kevin Bieksa
Injuries and Scratches: Jared Boll (healthy), Rickard Rakell (upper body), Korbinian Holzer (healthy), Clayton Stoner (IR lower body)
Press Release - Canes Assign Dahlbeck to Charlotte for Conditioning
RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has assigned defenseman Klas Dahlbeck to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL) for a conditioning stint. Dalhbeck will join Charlotte in Stockton, CA, where the Checkers face the Heat tonight.
Dalhbeck, 25, has appeared in nine games with the Hurricanes this season, totaling three points (1g, 2a) and 12 penalty minutes. The Katrineholm, Sweden, native skated in 71 games with the Arizona Coyotes in 2015-16, scoring two goals, earning six assists (8 points) and averaging 15:43 of ice time per game. Selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in third round, 79th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Dahlbeck the has scored four goals and earned 11 assists (15 points) in 103 career NHL regular-season games with the Blackhawks, Coyotes and Hurricanes.